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A Practical Guide to Linux® Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, Third Edition by Mark G. Sobell

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Getting Help

You must have the vim-runtime package installed to use vim’s help system; see Appendix C.

To get help while you are using vim, enter the command :help [feature] followed by RETURN. The editor must be in Command mode when you enter this command. The colon moves the cursor to the last line of the screen. If you type :help, vim displays an introduction to vim Help (Figure 6-5). Each dark band near the bottom of the screen names the file that is displayed above it. (Each area of the screen that displays a file, such as the two areas shown in Figure 6-5, is a vim “window.”) The help.txt file occupies most of the screen (the upper window) in Figure 6-5. The file that is being edited (practice) occupies a few lines in the lower portion ...

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