VIM editor commands and examples – Linux

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VIM An Advanced Text Editor:-

=> Newer Virsion of VI, the standard Unix text editor

=> gvim :         Graphical Version of vim


SPEED            : Do more with fewer keystrokes
Simplicity        : No dependence on mouse/GUI
Availability      : Included with most Unix-like OSes

Difficulty         : Stteper learning curve than simpler editors

Three Main Mode :-
Command Mode     : Move cursor, cut/paste text, change mode
Insert Mode            : Modify text
Ex Mode                 : Save, quit, etc

Esc‘ key is used to exits current mode.

EscEsc‘ always returns to command mode.

=> vim abc.txt        : can edit the text file if existing or not
=> vim /etc/passwd
=> vim /tmp/file


       : begins insert end of line
    : Append to end of line
     : Insert at beginning of line
     (small)    o    insert new a line (below of current line)
     (caps)    O    insert new line ( above of current line )

EX MODE with ( : ) :-

    :w       : writes (saves) the file to disk
    :wq     : writes and quits
    :q!      : quits, even if changes are lost ( do not save )

COMMAND MODE ( Default Mode ) :-

    Right Arrow         ( -> )     moves right one character
    5, Right Arrow     ( 5 ->) moves right five (5) character

    h    move cursor to left
    j     move cursor to down
    k    move cursor to up
        move cursor to right

    w    move cursor by word ( forward )
      move cursor by word ( backward )   
    (     move cursor by sentense ( forward )
    )     move cursor by sentense ( backward )

    /xyz    search the ‘xyz’ into the file  (n,N) use for next,prev

This command will run in file — {vi /xyz (filename)}
    :%s/macho/dud/gi    search & replace all macho to dud (gi- globely)
    :1,5s/sam/sandy/      search & replace from line-1 to line-5

    :5        move cursor to line no. 5
    :G       move cursor to the end of document
    dd       to delete current line
    4dd     to delete four line
    yy       to copy the line
    5yy     to copy five line
    p/P      paste the copied line or text 
     u         undo 
     ctrl r    redo

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    :set number    set the line number in file
    :set nonu    remove the line number in file

Vishal Vyas


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