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Although other text editors may be easier to use, vi is built into all Unix systems (including Linux and Mac OS). Knowing a few basic vi commands guarantees you'll be able to work with these systems when no other editor is installed. In this course, David D. Levine shows you how to get in and out of vi, switch modes, and start editing files in place. Learn how to change text within a file, use commands like undo and yank, find and replace text, and invoke more advanced Unix commands. Although it may be arcane, vi is still the standard text editor for all Unix systems. Start learning it now and run your systems more smoothly in the future.
Hello, I'm David D Levine, and welcome to Up and Running with vi. Vi, or Vi, is a text editor that comes pre-installed on all Unix-based systems, including Linux and Mac OS X. It's been around forever. And although it can be kind of arcane, its ubiquity and power make it a very useful tool. In this course, I'll show you how to enter and leave vi, how to move around in a file and make changes, and how to call Unix commands from within vi.
vi does have a steep learning curve, but if you take the time to become familiar with it, I'm sure you will find it a useful addition to your toolbox.
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