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EX(1)							      General Commands Manual							     EX(1)

ex, edit - text editor SYNOPSIS
ex [ - ] [ -v ] [ -t tag ] [ -r ] [ +command ] [ -l ] name ... edit [ ex options ] DESCRIPTION
Ex is the root of a family of editors: edit, ex and vi. Ex is a superset of ed, with the most notable extension being a display editing facility. Display based editing is the focus of vi. If you have not used ed, or are a casual user, you will find that the editor edit is convenient for you. It avoids some of the complexi- ties of ex used mostly by systems programmers and persons very familiar with ed. If you have a CRT terminal, you may wish to use a display based editor; in this case see vi(1), which is a command which focuses on the display editing portion of ex. DOCUMENTATION
The document Edit: A tutorial (USD:14) provides a comprehensive introduction to edit assuming no previous knowledge of computers or the UNIX system. The Ex Reference Manual - Version 3.7 (USD:16) is a comprehensive and complete manual for the command mode features of ex, but you cannot learn to use the editor by reading it. For an introduction to more advanced forms of editing using the command mode of ex see the editing documents written by Brian Kernighan for the editor ed; the material in the introductory and advanced documents works also with ex. An Introduction to Display Editing with Vi (USD:15) introduces the display editor vi and provides reference material on vi. In addition, the Vi Quick Reference card summarizes the commands of vi in a useful, functional way, and is useful with the Introduction. FILES
/usr/share/misc/exstrings error messages /usr/libexec/exrecover recover command /usr/sbin/expreserve preserve command /etc/termcap describes capabilities of terminals ~/.exrc editor startup file /tmp/Exnnnnn editor temporary /tmp/Rxnnnnn named buffer temporary /usr/preserve preservation directory SEE ALSO
awk(1), ed(1), grep(1), sed(1), grep(1), vi(1), termcap(5), environ(7) AUTHOR
Originally written by William Joy Mark Horton has maintained the editor since version 2.7, adding macros, support for many unusual terminals, and other features such as word abbreviation mode. BUGS
The undo command causes all marks to be lost on lines changed and then restored if the marked lines were changed. Undo never clears the buffer modified condition. The z command prints a number of logical rather than physical lines. More than a screen full of output may result if long lines are present. File input/output errors don't print a name if the command line `-' option is used. There is no easy way to do a single scan ignoring case. The editor does not warn if text is placed in named buffers and not used before exiting the editor. Null characters are discarded in input files, and cannot appear in resultant files. 4th Berkeley Distribution October 21, 1996 EX(1)

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vi(1)							      General Commands Manual							     vi(1)

       vi - screen editor

       vi [ -t tag ] [ +command ] [ -l ] [ -r ] [ -wn ] [ -x ] name...

       The  (visual)  editor is a display-oriented text editor based on The command and the command run the same code.	You can access the command
       mode of from within

       The following is a list of some of the commands.  See the vi Beginner's Reference Card and "An Introduction to Display Editing with vi"	in
       the Supplementary Documents, Volume 1: General User for more details on using

       Screen Control Commands

	    <CTRL/L>	 Reprints current screen.

	    <CTRL/Y>	 Exposes one more line at top of screen.

	    <CTRL/E>	 Exposes one more line at bottom of screen.

       Paging Commands

	    <CTRL/F>	 Pages forward one screen.

	    <CTRL/B>	 Pages back one screen.

	    <CTRL/D>	 Pages down half screen.

	    <CTRL/U>	 Pages up half screen.

       Cursor Positioning Commands

	    j		 Moves cursor down one line, same column.

	    k		 Moves cursor up one line, same column.

	    h		 Moves cursor back one character.

	    l		 Moves cursor forward one character.

	    <RETURN>	 Moves cursor to beginning of next line.

	    0		 Moves cursor to beginning of current line.

	    $		 Moves cursor to end of current line.

	    <SPACE>	 Moves cursor forward one character.

	    nG		 Moves cursor to beginning of line n.  Default is last line  of file.

	    /pattern	 Moves cursor forward to next occurrence of pattern.

	    ?pattern	 Moves cursor backward to next occurrence of pattern.

	    n		 Repeats last / or ? pattern search.

       Text Insertion Commands

	    a		 Appends text after cursor. Terminated by <ESC>.

	    A		 Appends text at the end of the line. Terminated by <ESC>.

	    i		 Inserts text before cursor. Terminated by <ESC>.

	    I		 Inserts text at the beginning of the line. Terminated by <ESC>.

	    o		 Opens new line below the current line for text insertion.  Terminated by <ESC>.

	    O		 Opens new line above the current line for text insertion.  Terminated by <ESC>.

	    <DELETE>	 Overwrites last character during text insertion.

	    <ESC>	 Stops text insertion.

       Text Deletion Commands

	    dw		 Deletes current word.

	    x		 Deletes current character.

	    dd		 Deletes current line.

	    D, d$	 Deletes from cursor to end of line.

	    P		 Puts back text from the previous delete.

       Text Change Commands

	    cw		 Changes characters of current word until stopped with escape key.

	    c$		 Changes text up to the end of the line.

	    C, c$	 Changes remaining text on current line until stopped by pressing the escape key.

	    ~		 Changes case of current character.

	    xp		 Transposes current and following characters.

	    J		 Joins current line with next line.

	    rx		 Replaces current character with x.

       Buffer Usage Commands

	    [a-z]n yy	 Yanks n lines to the [a-z] buffer.  Default is current line.

	    [a-z]n p	 Puts n yanked text lines from the a-z buffer, after the cursor.

       Exiting vi

	    ZZ		 Exits and saves changes

	    :wq 	 Writes changes to current file and quits edit session.

	    :q		 Quits edit session (no changes made).

       The command uses all of the same edit or commands as However, does not allow you to write the file. See

       -t tag	 Specifies a list of tag files.  The tag files are preceded by a backslash () and are separated by spaces.  The tag option should
		 always be the first entry.

       +command  Tells the editor to begin by executing the specified command.	A useful example would be +/pattern to search for a pattern.

       -l	 Sets the showmatch and lisp options for editing LISP code.

       -r name	 Retrieves the last saved version of the name'd file in the event of an editor or system crash.  If no file is specified,  a  list
		 of saved files is produced.

       -wn	 Sets  the default window size to n.  This option is useful for starting in a small window on dialups.	The -x option is available
		 only if the Encryption layered product is installed.

       -x	 Causes to prompt for a key.  The key is used to encrypt and decrypt the contents of the file. If  the	file  contents	have  been
		 encrypted with one key, you must use the same key to decrypt the file.

       Software tabs using ^T work only immediately after the autoindent.

       Left and right shifts on intelligent terminals do not make use of insert and delete character operations in the terminal.

       The  wrapmargin option sometimes works incorrectly because it looks at output columns when blanks are typed.  If a long word passes through
       the margin and onto the next line without a break, then the line is not broken.

       Insert/delete within a line can be slow if tabs are present on intelligent terminals, since the terminals need  help  in  doing	this  cor-

       Saving text on deletes in the named buffers is somewhat inefficient.

       The  source  command does not work when executed as :source; there is no way to use the :append, :change, and :insert commands, since it is
       not possible to give on a :global you must Q to command mode, execute them, and then reenter the screen editor with or

See Also
       ed(1), ex(1), view(1)
       The Little Gray Book: An ULTRIX Primer
       The Big Gray Book: The Next Step with ULTRIX
       "An Introduction to Display Editing with Vi", Supplementary Documents, Volume 1: General User


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