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NAME

       vim - Vi IMproved, a programmers text editor

SYNOPSIS

       vim [options] [file ..]
       vim [options] -t tag
       vim [options] -e [errorfile]

DESCRIPTION

       Vim  is  a  text editor that is upwards compatible to vi. It can be used to edit any ASCII
       text. It is especially useful for editing programs.

       There are a lot of enhancements above vi: multi level undo,  multi  windows  and  buffers,
       command  line  editing,  filename  completion, on-line help, visual selection, etc..  Read
       difference.doc for a summary of the differences between vi and Vim.

       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 three may be used to choose one or more files to be edited.

       file ..     A  list of file names. The first one (alphabetically) will be the current file
                   and read into the buffer. The cursor will be positioned on the first  line  of
                   the buffer. You can get to the other files with the ":next" command.

       -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. {tag} then should 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  reference.doc,  section  "tag
                   searches").

       -e [errorfile]
                   Start  in  quickFix  mode. The file [errorfile] is read and the first error is
                   displayed. If [errorfile] is omitted  the  file  name  is  obtained  from  the
                   'errorfile'  option (defaults to "AztecC.Err" for the Amiga, "errors" on other
                   systems). Further errors  can  be  jumped  to  with  the  ":cn"  command.  See
                   reference.doc section 5.5.

OPTIONS

       The options, if present, must precede the filelist. The options may be given in any order.

       -r          Recovery mode. The swap file is used to recover a crashed editing session. The
                   swap file is a file with the same file name  as  the  text  file  with  ".swp"
                   appended. See reference.doc, chapter "Recovery after a crash".

       -v          View  mode.  The 'readonly' option will be set. You can still edit the buffer,
                   but will be prevented from accidently overwriting a file. If you  do  want  to
                   overwrite a file, add an exclamation mark to the Ex command, as in ":w!".  The
                   -v option also implies the -n option (see below).  The 'readonly'  option  can
                   be reset with ":set noro" (see reference.doc, options chapter).

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

       +[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 reference.doc, section "pattern searches" 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

       -x          (Amiga only) 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). The ":sh" and ":!" commands will not work.

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

       -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".

       -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.

       -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!".

       -T terminal Tells  Vim  the name of the terminal you are using. Should be a terminal known
                   to Vim (builtin) or defined in the termcap file.

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

SEE ALSO

       Vim documentation:

       reference.doc:
                   A complete reference of Vim (long)

       windows.doc:
                   Explanation of the multi windows and buffers commands and options

       index:      Overview of all command characters (useful when adding new mappings)

       difference.doc:
                   Overview of the differences between vi and Vim

       unix.doc:   Unix-specific comments

       vim.hlp:    File used by the on-line help (short)

AUTHOR

       Most of VIM was made by Bram Moolenaar.
       VIM is based on Stevie, worked on by: Tim Thompson, Tony Andrews and G.R. (Fred) Walter

BUGS

       Probably.

                                          1994 August 12                                   VIM(1)