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vi



vi

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options

] [

files

]

A screen-oriented text editor based on ex. See Sections 8 and 9 for more information on vi and ex. Options -c , -C , -L , -r , -R , and -t are the same as in ex.

Options

-c command

Enter vi and execute the given vi command .

-l

Run in LISP mode for editing LISP programs.

-L

List filenames that were saved due to an editor or system crash.

-r file

Recover and edit file after an editor or system crash.

-R

Read-only mode. Files can't be changed.

-t tag

Edit the file containing tag , and position the editor at its definition (see ctags for more information).

-w n

Set default window size to n ; useful when editing via a slow dial-up line.

-x

Supply a key to encrypt or decrypt file using crypt .

-C

Same as -x but assume file began in encrypted form.

+

Start vi on last line of file.

+ n

Start vi on line n of file.

+/ pat

Start vi on line containing pattern pat . This option fails if nowrapscan is set in your .exrc .


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