This section describes the features of vile that make simple text editing easier and more powerful.
vile records your
ex commands in a buffer named
[History]. This feature is
controlled with the
option, which is true by default. Turning it off disables the
history feature and removes the
[History] buffer. The command
show-history splits the screen and
[History] buffer in
a new window.
The colon command line is really a minibuffer. You can use it
to recall lines from the
[History] buffer and edit them.
You use the ↑ and ↓ keys to scroll backward and forward in the history, and ← and → to move around within the line. Your current delete character (usually BACKSPACE) can be used to delete characters. Any other characters you type will be inserted at the current cursor position.
You can toggle the minibuffer into vi mode by typing the
mini-edit character (by default,
^G). When you do this, vile will highlight the minibuffer using
the mechanism specified by the
option. The default is
for reverse video. In vi mode,
you can use vi-style commands for
positioning. You can also use other vile commands that are appropriate to
editing within a single line, such as
decides which commands to accept based on its command tables, which
allows your key bindings to work in the minibuffer, too.
An interesting feature is that vile will use the history to show you previous data that ...