VI trouble

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    Question VI trouble

    well, I am a new user in Linux.

    I tried to use vi . In vi, when I type two lines, for example:

    123
    456

    from the second line 456 I press backspace from 6, so I would delete 6,5,4, but after 4 it didn't go up to 3. It stopped at after deleting 4.

    Is there any way to make it to go to 3,2,1? Coz sometimes I press enter wrong and I couldn't delete extra blank lines.

    Thanks

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    deletes just fine for me. are you using vi or vim?

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    by default, vi and vim won't do this. There are settings in vim you can work with though to have it do this. If you want them to be set every time you start vim, you can add it to .vimrc
    I will look for the setting here in a sec.

    Edit, found it
    use :set backspace=2 while in vim, or add set backspace=2 to your .vimrc in your home directory.
    Last edited by Xipher; 09-20-2004 at 08:47 AM.

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    err.... why don't you just use dw (delete word) or x?
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    Uppercase X is equivalent to backspace and lowercase x deletes the character at the cursor position.
    Man's mind once streched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions
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    In other words, if you teach your cat to bark (output) and eat dog food (input) that doesn't make him a dog. It would have to chase cars, chew bones, and have puppies before I'd call it Rover ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xipher
    Edit, found it
    use :set backspace=2 while in vim,

    How? press Esc and type it??

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    you type that when in exec mode, not edit mode. so basicly yea, hit escape once or twice and you should be in exec mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xipher
    add set backspace=2 to your .vimrc in your home directory.

    I can't find .vimrc file, though I find .viminfo.

    In .viminfo, I don't know where to add.

    that is what I found out in .viminfo:

    # This viminfo file was generated by Vim 6.2.
    # You may edit it if you're careful!

    # Value of 'encoding' when this file was written
    *encoding=utf-8


    # hlsearch on (H) or off (h):
    ~H
    # Last Search Pattern:
    ~Msle0~/\<printf\>

    # Command Line History (newest to oldest):
    :q!
    :q
    :se backspace=1
    :se backspace=2
    :se nu
    :se
    :wq
    :wqw
    :j
    :Wq

    # Search String History (newest to oldest):
    ? \<printf\>

    # Expression History (newest to oldest):

    # Input Line History (newest to oldest):

    # Input Line History (newest to oldest):

    # Registers:
    "0 LINE 0
    **
    ""1 LINE 0

    "- CHAR 0
    =

    # File marks:
    thanks

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    make one
    just do vim ~/.vimrc
    enter what I posted, save the file, open up a test file, and check. Should work just fine.

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