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VIM(1)			    General Commands Manual			VIM(1)

NAME
       vim - Vi	IMproved, a programmers	text editor

SYNOPSIS
       vim [options] [file ..]
       vim [options] -
       vim [options] -t	tag
       vim [options] -q	[errorfile]

       ex gex
       view
       gvim gview vimx evim eview
       rvim rview rgvim	rgview

DESCRIPTION
       Vim  is a text editor that is upwards compatible	to Vi.	It can be used
       to edit all kinds of plain text.	 It is especially useful  for  editing
       programs.

       There  are a lot	of enhancements	above Vi: multi	level undo, multi win-
       dows and	buffers, syntax	highlighting, command line  editing,  filename
       completion,   on-line   help,   visual  selection,  etc..   See	":help
       vi_diff.txt" for	a summary of the differences between Vim and Vi.

       While running Vim a lot of help can be obtained from the	 on-line  help
       system, with the	":help"	command.  See the ON-LINE HELP section below.

       Most often Vim is started to edit a single file with the	command

	    vim	file

       More generally Vim is started with:

	    vim	[options] [filelist]

       If the filelist is missing, the editor will start with an empty buffer.
       Otherwise exactly one out of the	following four may be used  to	choose
       one or more files to be edited.

       file ..	   A  list  of	filenames.   The first one will	be the current
		   file	and read into the buffer.  The cursor  will  be	 posi-
		   tioned on the first line of the buffer.  You	can get	to the
		   other files with the	":next"	command.  To edit a file  that
		   starts with a dash, precede the filelist with "--".

       -	   The	file  to  edit	is read	from stdin.  Commands are read
		   from	stderr,	which should be	a TTY.

       -t {tag}	   The file to edit and	the initial cursor position depends on
		   a  "tag",  a	sort of	goto label.  {tag} is looked up	in the
		   tags	file, the associated file becomes the current file and
		   the	associated  command  is	executed.  Mostly this is used
		   for C programs, in which case {tag}	could  be  a  function
		   name.  The effect is	that the file containing that function
		   becomes the current file and	the cursor  is	positioned  on
		   the start of	the function.  See ":help tag-commands".

       -q [errorfile]
		   Start  in  quickFix mode.  The file [errorfile] is read and
		   the first error is displayed.  If [errorfile]  is  omitted,
		   the	filename  is obtained from the 'errorfile' option (de-
		   faults to "AztecC.Err" for the Amiga, "errors.err" on other
		   systems).   Further	errors can be jumped to	with the ":cn"
		   command.  See ":help	quickfix".

       Vim behaves differently,	depending on the name of the command (the exe-
       cutable may still be the	same file).

       vim	 The "normal" way, everything is default.

       ex	 Start	in Ex mode.  Go	to Normal mode with the	":vi" command.
		 Can also be done with the "-e"	argument.

       view	 Start in read-only mode.  You will be protected from  writing
		 the files.  Can also be done with the "-R" argument.

       gvim gview
		 The GUI version.  Starts a new	window.

       gex	 Starts	 a  new	 gvim window in	Ex mode. Can also be done with
		 the "-e" argument to gvim

       vimx	 Starts	gvim in	"Vi" mode similar to  "vim",  but  with	 addi-
		 tional	features like xterm clipboard support

       evim eview
		 The GUI version in easy mode.	Starts a new window.  Can also
		 be done with the "-y" argument.

       rvim rview rgvim	rgview
		 Like the above, but with restrictions.	 It will not be	possi-
		 ble  to  start	 shell	commands, or suspend Vim.  Can also be
		 done with the "-Z" argument.

OPTIONS
       The options may be given	in any order, before or	after filenames.   Op-
       tions without an	argument can be	combined after a single	dash.

       +[num]	   For	the  first  file the cursor will be positioned on line
		   "num".  If "num" is missing,	the cursor will	be  positioned
		   on the last line.

       +/{pat}	   For	the  first  file  the cursor will be positioned	on the
		   first occurrence of {pat}.  See ":help search-pattern"  for
		   the available search	patterns.

       +{command}

       -c {command}
		   {command}  will  be	executed after the first file has been
		   read.  {command} is interpreted as an Ex command.   If  the
		   {command}  contains	spaces	it  must be enclosed in	double
		   quotes (this	depends	on the shell that is used).   Example:
		   Vim "+set si" main.c
		   Note: You can use up	to 10 "+" or "-c" commands.

       -S {file}   {file}  will	be sourced after the first file	has been read.
		   This	is equivalent to -c "source  {file}".	{file}	cannot
		   start with '-'.  If {file} is omitted "Session.vim" is used
		   (only works when -S is the last argument).

       --cmd {command}
		   Like	using "-c", but	the command is	executed  just	before
		   processing  any  vimrc file.	 You can use up	to 10 of these
		   commands, independently from	"-c" commands.

       -A	   If Vim has been compiled with ARABIC	 support  for  editing
		   right-to-left  oriented  files and Arabic keyboard mapping,
		   this	option starts Vim in Arabic  mode,  i.e.  'arabic'  is
		   set.	 Otherwise an error message is given and Vim aborts.

       -b	   Binary  mode.  A few	options	will be	set that makes it pos-
		   sible to edit a binary or executable	file.

       -C	   Compatible.	Set the	'compatible' option.  This  will  make
		   Vim	behave	mostly	like Vi, even though a .vimrc file ex-
		   ists.

       -d	   Start in diff mode.	There should be	 two,  three  or  four
		   file	 name arguments.  Vim will open	all the	files and show
		   differences between them.  Works like vimdiff(1).

       -d {device} Open	{device} for use as a terminal.	 Only  on  the	Amiga.
		   Example: "-d	con:20/30/600/150".

       -D	   Debugging.	Go  to debugging mode when executing the first
		   command from	a script.

       -e	   Start Vim in	Ex mode, just like the executable  was	called
		   "ex".

       -E	   Start Vim in	improved Ex mode, just like the	executable was
		   called "exim".

       -f	   Foreground.	For the	GUI version, Vim will not fork and de-
		   tach	 from  the shell it was	started	in.  On	the Amiga, Vim
		   is not restarted to open a new window.  This	option	should
		   be  used  when  Vim is executed by a	program	that will wait
		   for the edit	session	to finish (e.g.	mail).	On  the	 Amiga
		   the ":sh" and ":!" commands will not	work.

       --nofork	   Foreground.	For the	GUI version, Vim will not fork and de-
		   tach	from the shell it was started in.

       -F	   If Vim has been compiled with  FKMAP	 support  for  editing
		   right-to-left  oriented  files  and Farsi keyboard mapping,
		   this	option starts Vim in  Farsi  mode,  i.e.  'fkmap'  and
		   'rightleft'	are  set.  Otherwise an	error message is given
		   and Vim aborts.

       -g	   If Vim has been compiled with GUI support, this option  en-
		   ables the GUI.  If no GUI support was compiled in, an error
		   message is given and	Vim aborts.

       -h	   Give	a bit of help about the	command	line arguments and op-
		   tions.  After this Vim exits.

       -H	   If Vim has been compiled with RIGHTLEFT support for editing
		   right-to-left oriented files	and Hebrew  keyboard  mapping,
		   this	 option	 starts	 Vim  in Hebrew	mode, i.e. 'hkmap' and
		   'rightleft' are set.	 Otherwise an error message  is	 given
		   and Vim aborts.

       -i {viminfo}
		   When	 using	the  viminfo file is enabled, this option sets
		   the filename	to use,	instead	of the	default	 "~/.viminfo".
		   This	can also be used to skip the use of the	.viminfo file,
		   by giving the name "NONE".

       -L	   Same	as -r.

       -l	   Lisp	mode.  Sets the	'lisp' and 'showmatch' options on.

       -m	   Modifying files is disabled.	 Resets	 the  'write'  option.
		   You	can still modify the buffer, but writing a file	is not
		   possible.

       -M	   Modifications not allowed.  The  'modifiable'  and  'write'
		   options  will be unset, so that changes are not allowed and
		   files can not be written.  Note that	these options  can  be
		   set to enable making	modifications.

       -N	   No-compatible  mode.	  Reset	the 'compatible' option.  This
		   will	make Vim behave	a bit better, but less Vi  compatible,
		   even	though a .vimrc	file does not exist.

       -n	   No  swap file will be used.	Recovery after a crash will be
		   impossible.	Handy if you want to edit a  file  on  a  very
		   slow	 medium	 (e.g.	floppy).   Can also be done with ":set
		   uc=0".  Can be undone with ":set uc=200".

       -nb	   Become an editor server for NetBeans.  See the docs for de-
		   tails.

       -o[N]	   Open	N windows stacked.  When N is omitted, open one	window
		   for each file.

       -O[N]	   Open	N windows side by side.	 When N	is omitted,  open  one
		   window for each file.

       -p[N]	   Open	N tab pages.  When N is	omitted, open one tab page for
		   each	file.

       -R	   Read-only mode.  The	'readonly' option will	be  set.   You
		   can still edit the buffer, but will be prevented from acci-
		   dentally overwriting	a file.	 If you	do want	to overwrite a
		   file,  add  an  exclamation	mark  to the Ex	command, as in
		   ":w!".  The -R option also implies the -n option  (see  be-
		   low).  The 'readonly' option	can be reset with ":set	noro".
		   See ":help 'readonly'".

       -r	   List	swap files, with information about using them for  re-
		   covery.

       -r {file}   Recovery  mode.  The	swap file is used to recover a crashed
		   editing session.  The swap file is a	 file  with  the  same
		   filename as the text	file with ".swp" appended.  See	":help
		   recovery".

       -s	   Silent mode.	 Only when started as "Ex" or  when  the  "-e"
		   option was given before the "-s" option.

       -s {scriptin}
		   The	script file {scriptin} is read.	 The characters	in the
		   file	are interpreted	as if you had typed  them.   The  same
		   can be done with the	command	":source! {scriptin}".	If the
		   end of the file is reached before the editor	exits, further
		   characters are read from the	keyboard.

       -T {terminal}
		   Tells Vim the name of the terminal you are using.  Only re-
		   quired when the automatic way doesn't work.	 Should	 be  a
		   terminal  known  to Vim (builtin) or	defined	in the termcap
		   or terminfo file.

       -u {vimrc}  Use the commands in the file	{vimrc}	 for  initializations.
		   All	the  other  initializations  are skipped.  Use this to
		   edit	a special kind of files.  It can also be used to  skip
		   all	initializations	by giving the name "NONE".  See	":help
		   initialization" within vim for more details.

       -U {gvimrc} Use the commands in the file	{gvimrc} for  GUI  initializa-
		   tions.   All	the other GUI initializations are skipped.  It
		   can also be used to skip all	GUI initializations by	giving
		   the	name "NONE".  See ":help gui-init" within vim for more
		   details.

       -V[N]	   Verbose.  Give messages about which files are  sourced  and
		   for	reading	and writing a viminfo file.  The optional num-
		   ber N is the	value for 'verbose'.  Default is 10.

       -v	   Start Vim in	Vi mode, just like the executable  was	called
		   "vi".   This	 only has effect when the executable is	called
		   "ex".

       -w {scriptout}
		   All the characters that you type are	recorded in  the  file
		   {scriptout},	 until	you  exit  Vim.	 This is useful	if you
		   want	to create a script file	to be used with	 "vim  -s"  or
		   ":source!".	If the {scriptout} file	exists,	characters are
		   appended.

       -W {scriptout}
		   Like	-w, but	an existing file is overwritten.

       -x	   Use encryption when writing files.  Will prompt for a crypt
		   key.

       -X	   Don't  connect to the X server.  Shortens startup time in a
		   terminal, but the window title and clipboard	 will  not  be
		   used.

       -y	   Start Vim in	easy mode, just	like the executable was	called
		   "evim" or "eview".  Makes Vim behave	like a	click-and-type
		   editor.

       -Z	   Restricted  mode.   Works  like  the	executable starts with
		   "r".

       --	   Denotes the end of the options.  Arguments after this  will
		   be  handled	as  a  file  name.  This can be	used to	edit a
		   filename that starts	with a '-'.

       --echo-wid  GTK GUI only: Echo the Window ID on stdout.

       --help	   Give	a help message and exit, just like "-h".

       --literal   Take	file name arguments literally,	do  not	 expand	 wild-
		   cards.   This has no	effect on Unix where the shell expands
		   wildcards.

       --noplugin  Skip	loading	plugins.  Implied by -u	NONE.

       --remote	   Connect to a	Vim server and make it edit the	files given in
		   the rest of the arguments.  If no server is found a warning
		   is given and	the files are edited in	the current Vim.

       --remote-expr {expr}
		   Connect to a	Vim server, evaluate {expr} in	it  and	 print
		   the result on stdout.

       --remote-send {keys}
		   Connect to a	Vim server and send {keys} to it.

       --remote-silent
		   As  --remote,  but  without	the  warning when no server is
		   found.

       --remote-wait
		   As --remote,	but Vim	does not exit  until  the  files  have
		   been	edited.

       --remote-wait-silent
		   As --remote-wait, but without the warning when no server is
		   found.

       --remote-tab[-wait][-silent]
		   As --remote but use tab page	per file

       --role	   Set a unique	role to	identify the main window

       --serverlist
		   List	the names of all Vim servers that can be found.

       --servername {name}
		   Use {name} as the server name.  Used	for the	 current  Vim,
		   unless used with a --remote argument, then it's the name of
		   the server to connect to.

       --socketid {id}
		   GTK GUI only: Use the GtkPlug mechanism to run gvim in  an-
		   other window.

       --version   Print version information and exit.

ON-LINE	HELP
       Type  ":help"  in Vim to	get started.  Type ":help subject" to get help
       on a specific subject.  For example: ":help ZZ" to  get	help  for  the
       "ZZ"  command.	Use <Tab> and CTRL-D to	complete subjects (":help cmd-
       line-completion").  Tags	are present to jump from one place to  another
       (sort of	hypertext links, see ":help").	All documentation files	can be
       viewed in this way, for example ":help syntax.txt".

FILES
       /usr/share/vim/vim74/doc/*.txt
		      The Vim documentation files.  Use	":help	doc-file-list"
		      to get the complete list.

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/doc/tags
		      The  tags	file used for finding information in the docu-
		      mentation	files.

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/syntax/syntax.vim
		      System wide syntax initializations.

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/syntax/*.vim
		      Syntax files for various languages.

       /etc/vimrc     System wide Vim initializations.

       ~/.vimrc	      Your personal Vim	initializations.

       /etc/gvimrc    System wide gvim initializations.

       ~/.gvimrc      Your personal gvim initializations.

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/optwin.vim
		      Script used for the ":options" command, a	 nice  way  to
		      view and set options.

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/menu.vim
		      System wide menu initializations for gvim.

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/bugreport.vim
		      Script to	generate a bug report.	See ":help bugs".

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/filetype.vim
		      Script  to  detect  the type of a	file by	its name.  See
		      ":help 'filetype'".

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/scripts.vim
		      Script to	detect the type	of a  file  by	its  contents.
		      See ":help 'filetype'".

       /usr/share/vim/vim74/print/*.ps
		      Files used for PostScript	printing.

       For recent info read the	VIM home page:
       <URL:http://www.vim.org/>

SEE ALSO
       vimtutor(1)

AUTHOR
       Most of Vim was made by Bram Moolenaar, with a lot of help from others.
       See ":help credits" in Vim.
       Vim is based on Stevie, worked on by: Tim Thompson,  Tony  Andrews  and
       G.R. (Fred) Walter.  Although hardly any	of the original	code remains.

BUGS
       Probably.  See ":help todo" for a list of known problems.

       Note  that a number of things that may be regarded as bugs by some, are
       in fact caused by a too-faithful	reproduction of	Vi's  behaviour.   And
       if  you	think  other things are	bugs "because Vi does it differently",
       you should take a closer	look at	the vi_diff.txt	file  (or  type	 :help
       vi_diff.txt  when  in  Vim).   Also have	a look at the 'compatible' and
       'cpoptions' options.

				  2006 Apr 11				VIM(1)

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