Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 1998
Pages: 352

For many users, working in the Unix environment means using vi, a full-screen text editor available on most Unix systems. Even those who know vi often make use of only a small number of its features.

Learning the vi Editor is a complete guide to text editing with vi. Topics new to the sixth edition include multiscreen editing and coverage of four viclones: vim, elvis, nvi, and vile and their enhancements to vi, such as multi-window editing, GUI interfaces, extended regular expressions, and enhancements for programmers. A new appendix describes vi's place in the Unix and Internet cultures.

Quickly learn the basics of editing, cursor movement, and global search and replacement. Then take advantage of the more subtle power of vi. Extend your editing skills by learning to use ex, a powerful line editor, from within vi. For easy reference, the sixth edition also includes a command summary at the end of each appropriate chapter.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic editing
  • Moving around in a hurry
  • Beyond the basics
  • Greater power with ex
  • Global search and replacement
  • Customizing vi and ex
  • Command shortcuts
  • Introduction to the vi clones' extensions
  • The nvi, elvis, vim, and vile editors
  • Quick reference to vi and ex commands
  • vi and the Internet
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A Gem of a book for the Gold standard of editors

By Anonymous

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

This book is the perfect spouse to my favorite editor and the best editor of all time.

The best part of this book is the author's wonderful explanation of Regular Expressions which is also topped of with the amazing examples. This part alone is worth the purchase. I learnt how to use regular expressions effectively from this book alone...BUY IT, TREASURE IT AND YOU WILL READ IT JUST FOR RELAXATION AND IT WILL BECOME DOG EARED AND TATTERED BUT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT OR THE WONDERFUL EDITOR IT EXPLAINS...

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By Ricardo

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

I'm satisfied with my recent purchase of Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition. There are two things O'Reilly could do to improve this book:

Add a removable vi quick reference card to the back of the book

Add some tutorial or example files to the O'Reilly Web site that correspond to examples in the book

Having said that, I think Learning the vi Editor is a great place for someone unfamiliar with vi to begin learning.

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By gopi

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

i never see such a book on vi editor.its saved my skin

iam new to unix and needs to work on unix since one month.iam struggling to get familiar with Vi editor.

i just bought yesterday and reading today for first 4 chapters,i strongly felt i would have read this book early.it's really very very good book and better understanding

i will buy present this book to my project team mates

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By gopi

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

i never see such a book on vi editor.its saved my skin

iam new to unix and needs to work on unix sice one month.iam struggling to get familiar with Vi editor.

i just bought yesterday and reading today for first 4 chapters,i strongly felt i would have read this book early.it's really very very good book and better understanding

i will buy present this book to my project team mates

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By NEY

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

In the world of UNIX,this book can help users to edit the text files effectively.And at the end of the day, you will realize that " what you see

is what you get!"

NEY.

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By Harold McNurlan II

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

What can I say other than this book has pulled me out of all sorts of tough, nasty, little ruts.

Chapters one to four are the meat and potatoes of the book. Those four chapters are a quick read at 52 pages long. Take it with you to the laundrymat. It definitely beats watching the spin-cycle. With it, you'll be able to effectively get your job done.

For flair, to flaunt your stuff in front of your co-workers, and to just kick-butt on onerous amounts of code and data changes, you need to read chapters 5: "Introducing the ex Editor"; 6: "Global Replacement"; and 7: "Advanced Editing".

Lots of great examples. If you don't have a copy of this book--you're wrong.

Enjoy REAL editing power! vi rules! Viva vi!

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By Fabio Rotondo

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

Before reading this book, I was already a fanatic vi (Vim) user.

So I bought this book just to know all the tips and tricks... well it opened me

a new world. There were things I used to do with sed or awk that I am now able to do with Vi. Every little trick is explained and shown in action with examples.

There is only a sad thing: I'd like to see more space dedicated to Vim and its special features.

Anyway, a must have for all vi users.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By Joe Black

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

This is an excellent tutorial for vi. If you want to win friends and influence people, learn vi. I hope the 7th edition has even more coverage of advanced features in vim. Vi IMproved at http://vim.org/

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition Review

By Michael P. Soulier

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Comments about oreilly Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition:

Perfection as a tutorial, and also a great reference. The only downside was the lack of a summary page like the Emacs book.

I'm a Vim user myself, so the support for Vi clones was an excellent idea, as most rarely use vanilla Vi anymore. Not if they want to defend themselves to Emacs people anyway. ;-)

A truly great piece of work.

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