re: Vim for starters - the minimum you need to know VIEW POST


If you need a command line editor, nano is much more user friendly. I make sure all the command line tools that open a text editor for any reason (like when git wants a merge comment) it opens nano. Vim needs to be left where it came from: the past. #myopinion


nano is great in that it is easy to learn, but it also not nearly as powerful.

An example as a sysadmin modifying/working on a log file (columnar data) -- If you want to work on lets say, the first 8 characters of a specific block of text across multiple lines, how would you select only those 8 characters on each of the lines without going one by one in nano? With vim, you have visual block mode, which makes selecting this columnar group easy, and then you can run your command operations on that selection only.

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