12.4 Job Control and autowrite: Real Time Savers!
I see too many people using a series of commands like the ones that follow. Programmers do this when they write and compile programs. Writers use this when they're making a draft file and running it through the formatter. They're probably wasting a lot of time and effort:
Each time they restart vi
, they have to reset options and move the
cursor to the place they were working before.
After they restart, vi
has forgotten the previous search (the
command), the previous action (the
If your system has
job control (12.8
that'll solve all these problems.
Instead of quitting vi
, get into command mode
and write your buffer with the
Even better, you can set vi
's option called autowrite
If you've made any changes to the buffer before you press CTRL-z,
will automatically write the buffer.
You won't need to remember to type
[You don't absolutely have to write your file before suspending vi . It's a good piece of advice, but not required by the job control mechanism. Typing CTRL-z will suspend the editor whether you've written out your files or not. -TOR ]