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vim (version 6.3)

Vim is a text editor that is upwards compatible to Vi. It can be used to edit any ASCII text. It is especially useful for editing programs.

There are a lot of enhancements above Vi: multi level undo, multi windows and buffers, syntax highlighting, command line editing, filename completion, on-line help, visual selec- tion, etc. See ":help vi_diff.txt" for a summary of the differences between Vim and Vi.

While running Vim a lot of help can be obtained from the on-line help system, with the ":help" command.

Most often Vim is started to edit a single file with the command:

vim file

More generally Vim is started with:

vim [options] [filelist]