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= Linux Text Editing =
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= Linux Text Editing =
  
===Create a text file using vi===
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=== Create a text file using vi ===
* To create a file called foo.txt:
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<pre>
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*To create a file called foo.txt (or edit a file called foo.txt):
vi foo.txt
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<pre>vi foo.txt
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</pre>  
* This will also start the vi editor and you should see a blank screen.
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*This will also start the vi editor and you should see a blank screen.  
* To switch vi into text insertion mode simply type ''':i''' and hit '''Enter'''
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*To switch vi into text insertion mode simply type ''':i''' and hit '''Enter'''  
* You should now see '''-- INSERT --''' at the bottom of the screen which means vi is ready to accept text
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*You should now see '''-- INSERT --''' at the bottom of the screen which means vi is ready to accept text  
* Now simply type in what ever text you would like just like you would on a normal text editor.
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*Now simply type in what ever text you would like just like you would on a normal text editor.  
* once you are done hit '''Esc''' on the keyboard and vi should leave text insertion mode.
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*once you are done hit '''Esc''' on the keyboard and vi should leave text insertion mode.  
* To save the file type ''':wq''' this will write to the file foo.txt and quit vi.
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*To save the file type ''':wq''' this will write to the file foo.txt and quit vi.
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*To edit the file simply follow the same procedure

Revision as of 08:12, 20 September 2012

Linux Text Editing[edit]

Create a text file using vi[edit]

  • To create a file called foo.txt (or edit a file called foo.txt):
vi foo.txt
  • This will also start the vi editor and you should see a blank screen.
  • To switch vi into text insertion mode simply type :i and hit Enter
  • You should now see -- INSERT -- at the bottom of the screen which means vi is ready to accept text
  • Now simply type in what ever text you would like just like you would on a normal text editor.
  • once you are done hit Esc on the keyboard and vi should leave text insertion mode.
  • To save the file type :wq this will write to the file foo.txt and quit vi.
  • To edit the file simply follow the same procedure