Ubuntu Default VI Is Suck!!!

Problem

As i said last post, Ubuntu default VI is suck, i totally do not know how to use it, all my up, down, left and right keys are became funny characters, can’t edit or code a line at all. If not mistake, Ubuntu is using so called “vim-tinny” as default VI editor.

I’m totally surrender to this vim-tinny, what a genius product? However i’m just a normal people, so i just need back my normal vi editor.

Solution

Issue following command to get a simple gnome normal vi back to your Ubuntu.


apt-get install vim-gnome

After installed, it will overwrite the default vi, and finally, your favorite simple vi editor is back.

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Björn
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Björn

Here’s another helpful page that popped up on my search:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/111019/how-to-make-vi-default
In a nutshell: the ultra-correct way to do this seems to be:
0. sudo su
1. apt-cache search editor |grep vi (or some similar search pattern, like |grep ” vi “)
2. Decide which vi-compatible tool you want to use. (vim, elvis, nvi, vigor, …)
Maybe take a look at
https://askubuntu.com/questions/281886/what-are-the-differences-between-the-different-vim-packages-available-in-ubuntu
3. apt-get install INSERT-YOUR-CHOICE-HERE
4. update-alternatives –config vi
X. CTRL-D

Obviously “vim-tiny” (not “-tinny”!) is just included for maximum legacy compatibility. I guess nobody at Ubuntu believes that there are still people who like to work with some sort of vi for their editing needs. But then, many of the more developed vi-clones can also be put in a legacy compatibility mode if necessary, so, really…

Amar
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Amar

funny stuff I searched google “ubuntu vi sucks”

just my random frustration and boom I am here!

Mark
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Mark

Me too exactly! Ha Ha

Björn
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Björn

Same here! (Almost.)
Gonna try Mr. Mouseclone’s suggestion now…
Thanks guys!

Guest
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Guest

“Ubuntu default vi sucks”, not “is suck”. Anyhow, I agree with this statement 😀

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Mouseclone
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Mouseclone

Had this trouble as well.

[code]sudo apt-get install -y vim[/code]

That should just install vim and work with out the gui install.

Matt
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Matt

YAY. The frustration is finally over

Ben
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Ben

Thanks. This worked.