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# 1  
Old 08-17-2011
vi alternative

Is there any other editor, installed by 'default' in Sparc Solaris10, besides vi?
I'd like to avoid installing anything new.

If not, how to make vi more user-friendly?

thanks.
# 2  
Old 08-17-2011
can you explain more about the problem you are facing with vi , user friendly like how? i might help you because i use this daily
# 3  
Old 08-17-2011
well, for start, I'd like to use arrow keys instead of hjkl.
also, iirc, backspace and delete were not working right.
end key to go to end of line.
selecting text would be easier if used with shift+arrows.
and the usual ctrl+c,v combo for copy/paste.

it would be nice to have it in ansi colours, but perhaps that depends on terminal?
# 4  
Old 08-18-2011
install vim from Solaris companion CD, but vi is really easy to learn.
If you wanna set up vi check vi man page.
# 5  
Old 08-18-2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by orange47
well, for start, I'd like to use arrow keys instead of hjkl.
also, iirc, backspace and delete were not working right.
end key to go to end of line.
selecting text would be easier if used with shift+arrows.
and the usual ctrl+c,v combo for copy/paste.

it would be nice to have it in ansi colours, but perhaps that depends on terminal?
You should install nano from Freeware List for SPARC and Solaris 10
As far as I know it has most of the features you need.
# 6  
Old 08-22-2011
I found a solution for ubuntu/debian:
cp /etc/vim/vimrc ~/.vimrc

(doesn't require vim install) however, there is no such file in Solaris.

about nano, yes I have used it (seems to be crontab default in debian) and like it very much. but when I went to sunfreeware.com, it listed a lot of dependencies. I'd like to avoid installing anything on a server, to minimize resource usage.

is there any other way to get arrow keys working in vi edit mode?
# 7  
Old 08-22-2011
Arrow keys should be working for navigating, after you exit the "insert mode", by pressing ESC.

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