vi editor problem

Asked by Deepu

Sir, i am a totally new user of Ubuntu(Previously i have used Fedora 8).I am finding it very difficult how to run c++,lex,yacc programs in the new 'Vim' editor provided in Ubuntu.Is there is no option for text coloring in it?
Is there any way by which i can make this 'Vim' editor to behave just like old "Vi" editor?
Please HELP...

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Deepu (scorpiocrazyforu) said :

Please provide the solution in detail.
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Steve (stupendoussteve-deactivatedaccount) said :

Make sure you are using the full version of vim. You will have to install it manually. By default the vi link is pointing to a small, simple version.

After installing vim (sudo aptitude install vim), update the vi link by running "sudo update-alternatives /usr/bin/vi vi /usr/bin/vim 1" - Now both the vim and vi commands open vim.

If you have the correct file extension (.cpp for example), the syntax highlighting and colors should work correctly.

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Steve (stupendoussteve-deactivatedaccount) said :

That should be:

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/vi vi /usr/bin/vim 1

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Steve Sauls (steve.sauls) said :

edit your /etc/vim/vimrc file to your liking. This will setup the features that you want and it is documented very well. Note that this requires root access so use "sudo vi /etc/vim/vimrc"

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