Chapter 2. Simple Editing
This chapter introduces you to editing with
vi and Vim, and it is set up to
be read as a tutorial. In it you will learn how to move the cursor and
how to make some simple edits. If you’ve never worked with these editors,
you should read the entire chapter.
Later chapters show you how to expand your skills to perform faster
and more powerful edits. One of the biggest advantages for an adept user
is that there are so many options to choose from. Of course,
as with many advanced tools, one of the biggest disadvantages for the
vi and Vim is that there are so many different editor commands
You can’t learn to use the editor by memorizing every single
command. Start out by learning the basic commands introduced in this
chapter. Note the patterns of use that the commands have in common.
We point out these patterns as we encounter them.
As you learn, be on the lookout for more tasks that you can
delegate to the editor, and then find the command that accomplishes
it. In later chapters you will learn more advanced features of
vi and Vim,
but before you can handle the advanced, you must master the simple.
This chapter covers:
Moving the cursor
Simple edits: Adding, changing, deleting, moving, and copying text
More ways to enter insert mode
As we’ve seen,
vi and Vim have two primary modes: command mode and insert mode.
The command line (or colon prompt), where you issue
ex commands, can ...