vi Command-Line Options
Here are the three most common ways to
You can open
file for editing, optionally
n or at the first line matching
pattern. If no
file is specified,
opens with an empty buffer. The command-line options that can be used
vi are as follows
vim-only options are labeled):
Start editing at line number
num, or the last line of the file if
Start editing at the first line matching
pattern. (Fails if
nowrapscanis set in your .exrc startup file.)
Edit the file in binary mode. (vim)
Run the given
vicommand upon startup. Only one
-coption is permitted.
excommands can be invoked by prefixing them with a colon. An older form of this option,
command, is still supported.
-c, but execute the command before any resource files are read. (vim)
Run in diff mode. Works like
ex(line editing rather than full-screen mode).
Print help message, then exit.
Use the specified
fileinstead of the default .viminfo to save or restore
vim’s state. (vim)
Enter LISP mode for running LISP programs (not supported in all versions).
Start the editor with the write option turned off so the user can’t write to files. (vim)
Don’t use a swap file; record changes in memory only. (vim)
Don’t load any plug-ins. (vim)
nopen windows. The default is to open one window for each file. (vim)