my vi first steps

Posted by j00p34 on Apr 26, 2009 7:46 AM EDT
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I remember when I first started administrating Linux systems, I had to use the vi text editor to edit configuration files. My first encounters with vi were not of the pleasant kind. I hated vi, to me it felt completely counter intuitive with its command and editing mode. Which it apparently inherited from the days where terminals had few keys and didn't sport all the typewriter functions we have today. After a while of using vi I started to appreciate it's tremendous power. Nowadays I use it whenever I can. I must say vi has a steep learning curve but when you get past the first steps and have the feeling of the interface it's an incredible time-saver. It's comparable to the Linux command line interface, it takes a little while to learn but it's so efficient and powerful you get back the time you invested in learning a hundred fold.

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