Text editors are programs used to create or edit files. One of the most popular editors on Linux/Unix systems (also available for other platforms) is vim. Though it does take some time getting use to, this easy to follow HowTo will walk you through the essentials of using vim.
Starting the vim text editor
The command to start the vim editor is simply
followed by the filename. For example, to edit a file named test, you would type
and hit [Return]
New files will be empty, as with every new file in any editor. When creating a new file, you will see a screen filled with tilde characters (~) down the left side of the screen. Those represent blank lines beyond the end of file. At the bottom of your screen, the file name will be shown, along with a line and character count.
To read more, head to Using VIM Text Editor
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