Importance of Vi

Usually the text editor we can throw on a boot disk. It’s very light weight, very small in terms of memory size.

You can actually make command line arguments from within Vi, like cerating a directory.

Vi vs Vim

Vim is the improved version of Vi. In most distributions Vi has been replaced by Vim. Vim is backwards-compatible with Vi.


  • i insert mode
  • ex ex mode
  • : command mode

Changing modes = esc

yank = copy