The World’s Most Ubiquitous Editor
“Vi was created in 1976 and opening it in a terminal is opening a wormhole to 1976” @type_theory
Vi was created in 1976 and is the second oldest editor on the planet, third if you count
ex upon which
vi is built. It is the second editor to be added to the UNIX POSIX standard, which has also made it the most ubiquitous. The first POSIX editor was Ed created in 1969. The letters
vi actually stand for
visual, as in, a “visual” version of the Ex editor. Anyone wanting a career involving Linux and UNIX systems must learn Vi even if they prefer something else for larger project development.
vi command is usually some form of
vim on most systems today, but not all. The closest thing to the original
vi is a modern project called
nvi which even recreates the bugs of the original. Comparing
vim is one reliable way to know if what you are learning is a vimism or not.
Even though most of these are for Vim they are a pretty good way to learn Vi as well even though they include Vimisms.
:help(from within Vim)
Stay away from Vim Adventures. As fun as it is, it does not make a direct association to editing actual files that these other resources do.