Learning the vi and Vim Editors: Text Processing at Maximum Speed and Power

Learning the vi and Vim Editors: Text Processing at Maximum Speed and Power Author Arnold Robbins
ISBN-10 059652983X
ISBN-13 9780596529833
Year 2008-07-25
Pages 494
Language English
Publisher O’Reilly Media
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There s nothing that hard core Unix and Linux users are more fanatical about than their text editor Editors are the subject of adoration and worship or of scorn and ridicule depending upon whether the topic of discussion is your editor or someone else s vi has been the standard editor for close to 30 years Popular on Unix and Linux it has a growing following on Windows systems too Most experienced system administrators cite vi as their tool of choice And since 1986 this book has been the guide for vi However Unix systems are not what they were 30 years ago and neither is this book While retaining all the valuable features of previous editions the 7th edition of Learning the vi and vim Editors has been expanded to include detailed information on vim the leading vi clone vim is the default version of vi on most Linux systems and on Mac OS X and is available for many other operating systems too With this guide you learn text editing basics and advanced tools for both editors such as multi window editing how to write both interactive macros and scripts to extend the editor and power tools for programmers all in the easy to follow style that has made this book a classic Learning the vi and vim Editors includes A complete introduction to text editing with vi How to move around vi in a hurryBeyond the basics such as using buffersvi s global search and replacementAdvanced editing including customizing vi and executing Unix commandsHow to make full use of vim Extended text objects and more powerful regular expressionsMulti window editing and powerful vim scriptsHow to make full use of the GUI version of vim called gvimvim s enhancements for programmers such as syntax highlighting folding and extended tagsCoverage of three other popular vi clones nvi elvis and vile is also included You ll find several valuable appendixes including an alphabetical quick reference to both vi and ex mode commands for regular vi and for vim plus an updated appendix on vi and the Internet Learning either vi or vim is required knowledge if you use Linux or Unix and in either case reading this book is essential After reading this book the choice of editor will be obvious for you too