backspace and arrow keys not working on insert mode of vi editor

Asked by Tushara Devi

I recently installed ubuntu desktop 12.04LTS alongside windows 8 pro on my pc. I tried using vi editor on ubuntu for c programming and editing simple texts. But i found that when i enter into the insert mode by pressing the "i" button, if i press the navigation keys letters like D A B C will be typed automatically for different navigation directions and cursor moves backward if i press backspace key and i am not able to erase previously typed text properly.

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Jeet (gour-jitendrasingh) said :

you should use nano editor .. and if you have GUI access use

sudo gedit <file_name>


sudo nano <file_name>

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

gksudo for GUI applications. Sudo is only for terminal based commands.

Do the keys work ok in vim?

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