[arch-general] reconfiguring vi to work like it did before the last update?

Dieter Plaetinck dieter at plaetinck.be
Mon Jul 13 13:45:10 EDT 2009

On Mon, 13 Jul 2009 19:46:50 +0200
Stefan Husmann <stefan-husmann at t-online.de> wrote:

> David C. Rankin schrieb:
> > Listmates,
> > 
> > 	One are where I can use help is vi configuration. With the
> > latest updates to vi and I guess readline, vi behaves very
> > differently than it did just before the update. Specifically, the
> > screen flashes white/black when the cursor is in column 1 if a left
> > cursor is pressed or if vi toggles itself out of input mode.
> > 
> > 	How can I get rid of the flashing and get rid of vi taking
> > itself out of input/replace mode when it gets to column 1?
> > 
> > 	The current behavior is better than when I first tried it
> > several weeks ago, but it is still way different from any vi I have
> > used before. Anybody got a handy reference for handling vi changes
> > in the latest version?
> > 
> Hello,
> what abot using vim?
> vi used to be vim and is nvi now.

What Stefan really means here (I think) is "... on Arch"

> BTW , maybe the developers should consider to use the ex package in
> AUR rather than nvi. If it is only for having a small editor on the
> install cd, ex would suit better.
> Regards Stefan

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