If you are using bash, you can put a line with the following syntax in your ~/.bash_profile startup file (page 278):
export VIMINIT='set param1 param2 ...'
Replace param1 and param2 with parameters selected from Table 6-7. VIMINIT is a shell variable that vim reads. The following statement causes vim to ignore the case of characters in searches, display line numbers, use the TC Shell to execute Linux commands, and wrap text 15 characters from the right edge of the screen:
export VIMINIT='set ignorecase number shell=/bin/tcsh wrapmargin=15'
If you use the parameter abbreviations, ...