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vi and Vim Editors Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition by Arnold Robbins

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vile—vi like Emacs

vile is a vi clone based originally on MicroEmacs, whose main goal is to provide the “finger feel” of vi.

Important Command-Line Options

-g N

vile begins editing on the first file at the specified line number; this can also be given as +N.

-h

Invokes vile on the help file.

-R

Invokes vile in “read-only” mode; no writes are permitted while in this mode.

-s pattern

In the first file, vile executes an initial search for the given pattern; this can also be given as +/pattern.

-v

Invokes vile in “view” mode; no changes are permitted to any buffer while in this mode.

-?

vile prints a short usage summary and exits.

@ cmdfile

vile runs the specified file as its startup file and bypasses any normal startup file.

vile Window Management Commands

Command

Key sequences

Function

delete-other-windows

^O, ^X 1

Eliminate all windows except the current one

delete-window

^K, ^X 0

Destroy the current window unless it’s the last one

edit-fileEe find-file

^X e

Bring given (or under-cursor, for ^X e) file or existing buffer into window

grow-window

V

Increase the size of the current window by count

move-next-window-down

^A ^E

Move next window down (or buffer up) by count lines

move-next-window-up

^A ^Y

Move next window up (or buffer down) by count lines

move-window-left

^X ^L

Scroll window to left by count columns, half-screen if count unspecified

move-window-right

^X ^R

Scroll window to right by count columns, half-screen if count unspecified

next-window

^X o

Move to the next window

position-window

z where ...

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