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5 <guide link="/doc/en/vi-guide.xml">
6 <title>Learning vi -- the "cheatsheet" technique</title>
7 <author title="Author">
8 <mail link="drobbins@gentoo.org">Daniel Robbins</mail>
9 </author>
10 <author title="Author">
11 <mail link="stocke2@gentoo.org">Eric Stockbridge</mail>
12 </author>
13 <author title="Editor">
14 <mail link="bennyc@gentoo.org">Benny Chuang</mail>
15 </author>
17 <abstract>
18 This guide will teach you how to use vi, using a cheat sheet method to
19 accelerate the learning process. This will be the first guide for vi,
20 catering to beginners.
21 </abstract>
23 <version>1.1.7</version>
24 <date>2005-07-21</date>
26 <chapter>
27 <title>Getting Started</title>
28 <section>
29 <title>Introduction</title>
30 <body>
32 <p>
33 This tutorial will show you how to use vi, a powerful visual editor.
34 Using a special accelerated <e>cheat sheet</e> method, this tutorial is
35 designed to make you a proficient vi user without requiring a huge
36 time commitment. In this vi tutorial, you'll learn how to move
37 around, edit text, use insert mode, copy and paste text, and use
38 important vim extensions like visual mode and multi-window editing.
39 </p>
41 <p>
42 If you either don't know or aren't comfortable using vi, then you owe
43 it to yourself to take this tutorial and get up to speed with one of
44 the most popular and powerful Linux/UNIX visual editing programs.
45 </p>
47 </body>
48 </section>
49 <section>
50 <title>About the guide</title>
51 <body>
53 <p>
54 There's one thing in particular that makes it difficult to learn vi --
55 vi has lots of commands. In order to use vi effectively, you need to
56 memorize quite a few. This can take a long time, and one of the goals
57 of this tutorial is not to take up a lot of your time. So, initially,
58 we have a challenge -- how exactly do I help you to memorize lots of
59 commands in a short period of time?
60 </p>
62 <p>
63 To tackle this challenge, as we proceed through this tutorial, we're
64 going to gradually put together a vi cheat sheet. This sheet will
65 contain all the important vi commands. After you've completed this
66 tutorial, you'll be able to refer to this cheat sheet if you forget a
67 particular command. Over time, as you memorize commands, you'll
68 gradually become less and less dependent on the cheat sheet. By using
69 the cheat-sheet technique, you'll be able to learn how to use vi
70 faster than ever possible before!
71 </p>
73 </body>
74 </section>
75 <section>
76 <title>The learning process</title>
77 <body>
79 <p>
80 In this guide, I'm going to use several techniques to help you
81 learn. First, I'm going to describe how a particular command works,
82 as you'd expect. Then, I'm going to ask you to try to use the command
83 in vi (for practice), and then I'm going to ask you to transcribe the
84 command to the cheat sheet (for later reference.) If you want to
85 learn vi quickly, it's important that you perform all these steps.
86 Trying out a command in vi and transcribing the command onto your
87 cheat sheet will help you to memorize the command.
88 </p>
90 </body>
91 </section>
92 <section>
93 <title>Introducing vim</title>
94 <body>
96 <p>
97 There are many versions of vi, and I'm going to be showing you how to
98 use a version of vi called <c>vim</c>. vim is very popular and has a
99 number of extensions that make vi a lot nicer (whenever I demonstrate
100 a vim-specific command, I'll make a note of it.) If you need to
101 install vim, you can get it from <uri
102 link="http://www.vim.org/">www.vim.org</uri>. In addition to an
103 enhanced command-line vi, vim also comes with <c>gvim</c>, a nice graphical
104 editor which can be configured to use the excellent GTK+ gui library.
105 Here's a gvim screenshot from my system:
106 </p>
108 <figure link="/images/vishot.png" short="screenshot" caption="VIM screenshot"/>
110 <p>
111 If you're a vi newbie, try to get gvim running on your system. Using
112 vi from a gui can make things a bit easier for beginners.
113 </p>
115 </body>
116 </section>
117 </chapter>
119 <chapter>
120 <title>First Steps</title>
121 <section>
122 <title>Pick a file</title>
123 <body>
125 <p>
126 Before using vi to edit files, you need to know how to use vi to move
127 around in a file. vi has a lot of movement commands, and we're going
128 to take a look at many of them. For this part of the tutorial, find
129 an unimportant text file and load it into vi by typing:
130 </p>
132 <pre caption="Loading a file into vi">
133 $ <i>vi myfile.txt</i>
134 </pre>
136 <p>
137 If you have vim installed, type <c>vim myfile.txt</c>. If you'd prefer to
138 use gvim, type <c>gvim myfile.txt</c>. <path>myfile.txt</path> should be the
139 name of a text file on your system.
140 </p>
142 </body>
143 </section>
144 <section>
145 <title>Inside vi</title>
146 <body>
148 <p>
149 After vi loads, you should see a part of the text file you loaded
150 on your screen. Congratulations -- you're in vi! Unlike many
151 editors, when vi starts up, it is in a special mode called <e>command
152 mode</e>. This means that if you press <c>l</c>on the keyboard, instead of
153 inserting an <c>l</c> into the file at the current cursor position, the
154 cursor will move one character to the right instead. In command mode,
155 the characters on your keyboard are used to send commands to vi rather
156 than insert literal characters into the text. One of the most
157 essential types of commands are movement commands; let's take a look
158 at some.
159 </p>
161 </body>
162 </section>
163 </chapter>
165 <chapter>
166 <title>Moving around</title>
167 <section>
168 <title>Moving in vi, part 1</title>
169 <body>
171 <p>
172 When in command mode, you can use the <c>h</c>,<c>j</c>,<c>k</c> and
173 <c>l</c> keys to move the cursor left, down, up and right
174 respectively. If you're using a modern version of vi, you can also
175 use the arrow keys for this purpose. The <c>h</c>,<c>j</c>,<c>k</c>
176 and <c>l</c> keys are handy because once you're comfortable with them,
177 you'll be able to move around in the file without moving your fingers
178 from the home keyboard row. Try using <c>h</c>,<c>j</c>,<c>k</c> and
179 <c>l</c> (and the arrow keys) to move around in the text file. Try
180 using <c>h</c> until you get to the beginning of a line. Notice that
181 vi doesn't allow you to "wrap around" to the previous line by hitting
182 <c>h</c> while you're on the first character. Likewise, you can't
183 "wrap around" to the next line by hitting <c>l</c> at the end of a
184 line.
185 </p>
187 </body>
188 </section>
189 <section>
190 <title>Moving in vi, part 2</title>
191 <body>
193 <p>
194 vi offers special shortcuts for jumping to the beginning or end of the
195 current line. You can press <c>0</c> (zero) to jump to the first
196 character of a line, and <c>$</c> to jump to the last character of the
197 line. Try 'em and see. Since vi has so many handy movement commands,
198 it makes a great "pager" (like the more or less commands.) Using vi
199 as a pager will also help you to learn all the movement commands very
200 quickly.
201 </p>
203 <p>
204 You can also use <c>&lt;CTR&gt;F</c> and <c>&lt;CTR&gt;B</c> to move
205 forwards and backwards a page at a time. Modern versions of vi (like
206 vim) will also allow you to use the <c>PGUP</c> and <c>PGDOWN</c> keys for this
207 purpose.
208 </p>
210 </body>
211 </section>
212 <section>
213 <title>Word moves, part 1</title>
214 <body>
216 <p>
217 vi also allows you to move to the left or right by word increments.
218 To move to the <e>first</e> character of the next word, press
219 <c>w</c>. To move to the <e>last</e> character of the next word,
220 press <c>e</c>. To move to the first character of the <e>previous</e>
221 word, press <c>b</c>. Test 'em out.
222 </p>
224 </body>
225 </section>
226 <section>
227 <title>Word moves, part 2</title>
228 <body>
230 <p>
231 After playing around with the word movement commands, you may have
232 noticed that vi considers words like <c>foo-bar-oni</c> as five separate
233 words! This is because by default, vi delimits words by spaces
234 <e>or</e> punctuation. <c>foo-bar-oni</c> is therefore considered five
235 words: <c>foo</c>, <c>-</c>, <c>bar</c>, <c>-</c> and <c>oni</c>.
236 </p>
238 <p>
239 Sometimes, this is what you want, and sometimes it isn't.
240 Fortunately, vi also understands the concept of a "bigword". vi
241 delimits bigwords by <e>spaces or newlines only</e>. This means that
242 while <c>foo-bar-oni</c> is considered five vi words, it's considered only
243 one vi bigword.
244 </p>
246 </body>
247 </section>
248 <section>
249 <title>Word moves, part 3</title>
250 <body>
252 <p>
253 To jump around to the next and previous bigword, you can use a
254 <e>capitalized</e> word move command. Use <c>W</c> to jump to the
255 first character of the next bigword, <c>E</c> to jump to the last
256 character of the next bigword, and <c>B</c> to jump to the first
257 character of the previous bigword. Test 'em out, and compare the
258 matching word and bigword movement commands until you understand their
259 differences.
260 </p>
262 </body>
263 </section>
264 <section>
265 <title>Bigger moves</title>
266 <body>
268 <p>
269 We just have a few more commands to cover before it's time to start
270 puting together our cheat sheet. You can use the <c>(</c> and
271 <c>)</c> characters to move to the beginning of the previous and next
272 sentence. In addition, you can hit <c>{</c> or <c>}</c> to jump to
273 the beginning of the current paragraph, and the beginning of the next.
274 Test 'em out.
275 </p>
277 </body>
278 </section>
279 </chapter>
281 <chapter>
282 <title>Quitting</title>
283 <section>
284 <body>
286 <p>
287 We've covered the basic movement commands, but there are another
288 couple of commands that you need to know. Typing <c>:q</c> will quit
289 vi. If this doesn't work, then you probably accidentally modified the
290 file in some way. To tell vi to quit, throwing away any changes, type
291 <c>:q!</c>. You should now be at the command prompt.
292 </p>
294 <p>
295 In vi, any command that begins with a <c>:</c> is said to be an
296 <e>ex-mode</e> command. This is because vi has a built-in non-visual
297 editor called <e>ex</e>. It can be used similarly to sed to perform
298 line-based editing operations. In addition, it can also be used to
299 quit, as we've just seen. If you ever hit the <c>Q</c> key while in
300 command mode, you'll be transported to ex mode. If this ever happens
301 to you, you'll be confronted with a : prompt, and hitting enter will
302 scroll the entire screen upwards. To get back to good 'ol vi mode,
303 simply type vi and hit enter.
304 </p>
306 </body>
307 </section>
308 </chapter>
310 <chapter>
311 <title>The Cheat Sheet</title>
312 <section>
313 <title>The beginnings of the cheat sheet</title>
314 <body>
316 <p>
317 We've covered a lot of commands, and it's time to transcribe them to
318 our cheat sheet. For the cheat sheet, you'll need a US letter or A4
319 sized piece of paper (we're going to pack a lot of info onto this
320 sheet!) Here's a picture of my cheat sheet after I've transcribed all
321 the commands that we've covered so far. Try to follow my layout if
322 possible so that we can fit everything on one sheet.
323 </p>
325 <figure link="/images/vicheat-first.png" short="First part of the cheat sheet"
326 caption="Cheat Sheet"/>
328 </body>
329 </section>
330 <section>
331 <title>Miscellaneous vi</title>
332 <body>
334 <p>
335 Let's continue our rapid command-covering pace. In command-mode, you
336 can jump to a particularline by typing <c>G</c>. To jump to the first
337 line of a file, type <c>1G</c>. Note that <c>G</c> is capitalized.
338 </p>
340 <p>
341 If you want to jump to the next occurence of a particular text
342 pattern, type <c>/&lt;regexp&gt;</c> and hit <c>enter</c>. Replace
343 &lt;regexp&gt; with the regular expression you're looking for. If you
344 don't know how to use regular expressions, don't fret -- typing
345 <c>/foo</c> will move to the next occurence of <e>foo</e>. The only
346 thing you'll need to watch out for is when you want to refer to the
347 literal <c>^</c>, <c>.</c>, <c>$</c> or <c>\</c> characters. Prefix
348 these characters with a backslash (<c>\</c>), and you'll be set. For
349 example, <c>/foo\.gif</c> will search for the next occurence of
350 "foo.gif".
351 </p>
353 <p>
354 To repeat the search forwards, hit <c>n</c>. To repeat the search
355 backwards, type <c>N</c>. As always, test these commands out in your
356 very own vi editor. You can also type <c>//</c> to repeat the last
357 search.
358 </p>
360 </body>
361 </section>
362 </chapter>
364 <chapter>
365 <title>Saving and Editing</title>
366 <section>
367 <title>Save and save as...</title>
368 <body>
370 <p>
371 We've covered how you can use the <e>ex</e> command <c>:q</c> to quit
372 from vi. If you want to save your changes, type <c>:w</c>. If you
373 want to save your changes to another file, type <c>:w filename.txt</c>
374 to save as <e>filename.txt</e>. If you want to save and quit, type
375 <c>:x</c> or <c>:wq</c>.
376 </p>
378 <p>
379 In vim (and other advanced vi editors, like elvis)<c>:w</c>, you can
380 have multiple buffers open at once. To open a file into a new window,
381 type <c>:sp filename.txt</c>. <path>filename.txt</path> will appear open
382 for editing in a new split window. To switch between windows, type
383 <c>&lt;CTR&gt;w&lt;CTR&gt;w</c> (control-w twice). Any <c>:q</c>,
384 <c>:q!</c>, <c>:w</c> and <c>:x</c> commands that you enter will only
385 be applied to the currently-active window.
386 </p>
388 </body>
389 </section>
390 <section>
391 <title>Simple edits</title>
392 <body>
394 <p>
395 Now, it's time to start learning some of the simple editing commands.
396 The commands that we'll cover here are considered <e>simple</e> because the
397 commands keep you in command mode. The more complex editing commands
398 automatically put you into insert mode -- a mode that allows you to
399 enter literal data from the keyboard. We'll cover those in a bit.
400 </p>
402 <p>
403 For now, try moving over some characters and hitting <c>x</c>
404 repeatedly. You'll see that <c>x</c> will delete the current
405 character under the cursor. Now, move to the middle of the paragraph
406 somewhere in your text file, and hit <c>J</c> (capitalized). You'll
407 see that the <c>J</c> command tells vi to join the next line to the
408 end of the current line. Now, move over a character and hit
409 <c>r</c>, and then type in a new character; you'll see that the
410 original character has been replaced. Finally, move to any line in
411 the file and type <c>dd</c>. You'll see that <c>dd</c> deletes the
412 current line of text.
413 </p>
415 </body>
416 </section>
417 <section>
418 <title>Repeating and deleting</title>
419 <body>
421 <p>
422 You can repeat any editing command by hitting the <c>.</c> key. If
423 you experiment, you'll see that typing <c>dd...</c> will delete 4
424 lines, and <c>J......</c> will join four lines. As usual, vi provides
425 with another handy shortcut.
426 </p>
428 <p>
429 To delete text, you can also use the <c>d</c> command combined with
430 any movement command. For example, <c>dw</c> will delete from the
431 current position to the beginning of the next word; <c>d)</c> will
432 delete up until the end of the next sentence, and <c>d}</c> will
433 delete the remainder of the paragraph. Experiment with the
434 <c>d</c> command and the other editing commands until you're
435 comfortable with them.
436 </p>
438 </body>
439 </section>
440 <section>
441 <title>Undo!</title>
442 <body>
444 <p>
445 Now that we're experimenting with deletion, it would be a good time to
446 learn how to undo any changes. By pressing <c>u</c>, the original
447 version of vi allowed you to undo the last edit only. However, modern
448 versions of vi like vim will allow you to repeatedly press <c>u</c> to
449 continue to undo changes to your file. Try combining some <c>d</c>
450 and <c>u</c> commands together.
451 </p>
453 </body>
454 </section>
455 <section>
456 <title>Updating the cheat sheet</title>
457 <body>
459 <p>
460 Time to update the cheat sheet! After adding all the commands we've
461 covered so far, your cheat sheet should look like this:
462 </p>
464 <figure link="/images/vicheat-edit.png" short="Cheat sheet" caption="Cheat
465 sheet with editing commands"/>
467 </body>
468 </section>
469 </chapter>
471 <chapter>
472 <title>Insert mode</title>
473 <section>
474 <body>
476 <p>
477 So far, we've covered how to move around in vi, perform file i/o, and
478 perform basic editing operations. However, I still haven't shown you
479 how to actually type in free-form text! This was intentional, because
480 vi's insert mode is a bit complicated at first. However, after you
481 become comfortable with insert mode, its complexity (and flexibility)
482 will become an asset.
483 </p>
485 <p>
486 In vi <e>insert mode</e>, you'll be able to enter text directly to the screen
487 just like you can in many other visual editors. Once you've entered
488 your modifications, you can hit escape to return to <e>command mode</e>. You
489 can enter insert mode by pressing <c>i</c> or <c>a</c>. If you press
490 <c>i</c>, your text will be <e>inserted</e> before the current
491 character, and if you hit <c>a</c>, your text will be <e>appended</e>
492 after the current character. Remember, after you enter your text, hit
493 <c>&lt;ESC&gt;</c> to return to command mode.
494 </p>
496 </body>
497 </section>
498 <section>
499 <title>Benefits of insert mode</title>
500 <body>
502 <p>
503 Go ahead and try using the <c>a</c> and <c>i</c> commands. Hit either
504 <c>a</c> or <c>i</c>, type some text, and then hit escape to get back
505 to command mode. After hitting <c>a</c> or <c>i</c>, try hitting
506 <c>&lt;ENTER&gt;</c>, and see what happens. Try using the arrow keys
507 and the <c>&lt;DEL&gt;</c> key to get a feel for how insert mode
508 works. By using the arrow keys and <c>&lt;DEL&gt;</c> key, you can
509 perform significant editing steps without repeatedly entering and
510 leaving insert mode.
511 </p>
513 </body>
514 </section>
515 <section>
516 <title>Insert options</title>
517 <body>
519 <p>
520 Here are some other handy ways to enter insert mode. Press <c>A</c>
521 (captial) to begin appending to the <e>end</e> of the current line,
522 regardless of your current position on the line. Likewise, press
523 <c>I</c> (capital) to begin inserting text at the <e>beginning</e> of
524 the current line. Press <c>o</c> to create a new blank line below the
525 current line into which you can insert text, and press <c>O</c>
526 (capital) to create a new line above the current line. To replace the
527 entire current line with a new line, press <c>cc</c>. To replace
528 everything from the current position to the end of the line, type
529 <c>c$</c>. To replace everything from the current position to the
530 beginning of the line, type <c>c0</c>.
531 </p>
533 <p>
534 In addition to performing a special operation, every one of these
535 commands will put you into insert mode. After typing in your text,
536 hit <c>&lt;ESC&gt;</c> to return to command mode.
537 </p>
539 </body>
540 </section>
541 <section>
542 <title>Changing text</title>
543 <body>
545 <p>
546 We've used the <c>c</c> (change) command a little bit so far when we
547 typed <c>cc</c>, <c>c0</c> and <c>c$</c>. <c>cc</c> is a special form
548 of the change command, similar to <c>dd</c>. the <c>c0</c> and
549 <c>c$</c> commands are examples of using the change command in
550 combination with a movement command. In this form, <c>c</c> works
551 similarly to <c>d</c>, except that it leaves you in insert mode so
552 that you can enter replacement text for the deleted region. Try
553 combining some movement commands with <c>c</c> and test them out on
554 your file (hint: <c>cW</c>, <c>ce</c>, <c>c(</c> .)
555 </p>
557 </body>
558 </section>
559 </chapter>
561 <chapter>
562 <title>Compound Commands</title>
563 <section>
564 <body>
566 <p>
567 vi <e>really</e> becomes powerful when you start using compound
568 ("combo") commands, like <c>d{</c> and <c>cw</c>. In addition to
569 these commands, you can also combine a number with any movement
570 command, such as <c>3w</c>, which will tell vi to jump three words to
571 the right. Here are some more movement "combo" command examples:
572 <c>12b</c>, <c>4j</c>.
573 </p>
575 <p>
576 vi, in addition to allowing (number)(movement command) combinations,
577 also allows <c>d</c> or <c>c</c> to be combined with a number or
578 movement command. So, <c>d3w</c> will delete the next three words,
579 <c>d2j</c> will delete the current and next two lines, etc. Test out
580 some <c>c</c> and <c>d</c> combo moves to get a feel for how powerful
581 and concise vi editing can be. Once these commands are second-nature,
582 you'll be able to edit files at blazing speed.
583 </p>
585 </body>
586 </section>
587 <section>
588 <title>Updating the cheat sheet</title>
589 <body>
591 <p>
592 Time to update the cheat sheet again. Here's what it looks like so
593 far:
594 </p>
596 <figure link="/images/vicheat-compound.png" short="Cheat Sheet" caption="Cheat
597 sheet with compound commands"/>
599 </body>
600 </section>
601 <section>
602 <title>Productivity features</title>
603 <body>
605 <p>
606 So far, we've covered how to move, save and quit, perform simple edits
607 and deletions, and use insert mode. With everything listed on the
608 cheat sheet so far, you should be able to use vi to perform almost any
609 task.
610 </p>
612 <p>
613 However, vi also has many more powerful commands. In this section,
614 you'll learn how to <e>cut</e>, <e>copy</e> and <e>paste</e>,
615 <e>search</e> and <e>replace</e>, and use <e>autoindent</e> features.
616 These commands will help make vi more fun and productive.
617 </p>
619 </body>
620 </section>
621 <section>
622 <title>Visual mode</title>
623 <body>
625 <p>
626 The best way to cut and paste is to use <e>visual mode</e>, a special mode that
627 has been added to modern versions of vi, like vim and elvis. You can think
628 of visual mode as a "highlight text" mode. Once the text is highlighted,
629 it can be copied or deleted, and then pasted. If you are using gvim, you
630 can highlight by simply dragging the left mouse button over a particular
631 region:
632 </p>
634 <figure link="/images/vihighlight.png" short="Highlighted text" caption="VIM
635 with highlighted text"/>
637 <p>
638 In addition, you can also enter visual mode by hitting <c>v</c> (this
639 may be your only option if you are using vi from the console.) Then,
640 by moving the cursor using movement commands (typically the arrow
641 keys), you'll be able to highlight a region of text. Once
642 highlighted, we are ready to cut or copy the text.
643 </p>
645 <p>
646 If you're copying the text, hit <c>y</c> (which stands for "yank").
647 If you're cutting the text, hit <c>d</c>. You'll be placed back in
648 command mode. Now, move to the position where you'd like to insert
649 the cut or copied text, and hit <c>P</c> to insert before the cursor,
650 or <c>p</c> to insert after the cursor. Voila, the cut/copy and
651 paste is complete! Test out several copy/cut and paste operations
652 before advancing to the next section.
653 </p>
655 </body>
656 </section>
657 <section>
658 <title>Replacing text</title>
659 <body>
661 <p>
662 To replace patterns of text, we use <e>ex</e> mode. If you'd like to
663 replace the first pattern that appears on the current line, type
664 <c>:s/&lt;regexp&gt;/&lt;replacement&gt;/</c> and hit
665 <c>&lt;ENTER&gt;</c>, where &lt;regexp&gt; is the pattern you'd like
666 to match and &lt;replacement&gt; is the replacement string. To
667 replace all matches on the current line, type
668 <c>:s/&lt;regexp&gt;/&lt;replacement&gt;/g</c> and hit enter. To
669 replace every occurence of this pattern in your file (normally what
670 you want), type <c>:%s/&lt;regexp&gt;/&lt;replacement&gt;/g</c>. If
671 you'd like to do a global replace, but have vi prompt you for each
672 change, type <c>:%s/&lt;regexp&gt;/&lt;replacement&gt;/gc</c> (stands
673 for "confirm") and hit <c>&lt;ENTER&gt;</c>.
674 </p>
676 </body>
677 </section>
678 <section>
679 <title>Indentation</title>
680 <body>
682 <p>
683 vi supports autoindentation, for when you are editing source code.
684 Most modern versions of vi (like vim) will auto-enable autoindent mode
685 when you are editing a source file (like a .c file, for example).
686 When autoindent is enabled, you can use <c>&lt;CTR&gt;d</c>
687 (control-d) to move one indent level to the left, and
688 <c>&lt;CTR&gt;t</c> (control-t) to move one indent level to the right.
689 If autoindent wasn't enabled automatically, you can manually enable it
690 by typing in the <e>ex</e> command <c>:set autoindent</c>. You can
691 also tell vi to set the tab size to your favorite setting by using the
692 <c>:set tabstop</c> command; <c>:set tabstop=4</c> is quite popular.
693 </p>
695 </body>
696 </section>
697 <section>
698 <title>Our final cheat sheet</title>
699 <body>
701 <p>
702 Well, we've reached the end of the vi tutorial! After adding all the
703 advanced editing commands to your cheat sheet, it should look like
704 this:
705 </p>
707 <figure link="/images/vicheat-final.png" short="Cheat Sheet" caption="Final
708 cheet sheet"/>
710 <p>
711 Keep your cheat sheet handy, and begin using vi to edit files and
712 compose emails. Refer to the cheat sheet when needed; you'll find
713 that within the week, you'll have nearly all the commands memorized
714 and your vi productivity will shoot through the roof!
715 </p>
717 <p>
718 If you want to use vi as your default editor make the following change
719 to <path>/etc/rc.conf</path>:
720 </p>
722 <pre caption="Setting vi as the default editor">
723 <comment>(Set EDITOR to your preferred editor.)</comment>
724 #EDITOR="/bin/nano"
725 EDITOR="/usr/bin/vim"
726 #EDITOR="/usr/bin/emacs"
727 </pre>
729 </body>
730 </section>
731 <section>
732 <title>Resources</title>
733 <body>
735 <p>
736 Here are some resources you may find helpful as you continue to learn
737 more about vi:
738 </p>
740 <ul>
741 <li>
742 <uri link="http://www.thomer.com/thomer/vi/vi.html">The vi Lovers
743 Home Page</uri>, an excellent resource for all things vi
744 </li>
745 <li>
746 <uri link="http://www.vim.org/">The vim homepage</uri> is the place
747 to go for all your vim needs
748 </li>
749 <li>
750 If you're looking for a good, old-fashioned book, <uri
751 link="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/vi6/">Learning the vi Editor,
752 6th Edition</uri> would be an excellent choice. Contains good
753 coverage of vi and vi clones.
754 </li>
755 </ul>
757 </body>
758 </section>
759 <section>
760 <title>About this document</title>
761 <body>
763 <p>
764 The original version of this article was first published on IBM
765 developerWorks, and is property of Westtech Information Services. This
766 document is an updated version of the original article, and contains
767 various improvements made by the Gentoo Linux documentation team.
768 </p>
770 </body>
771 </section>
772 </chapter>
773 </guide>

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