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colors in vi

"dan moylan" <jdm at> writes:

> have recently installed rh7.3 and find that vi displays
> text in a variety of colors which i find particularly
> unhelpful.  it also highlights certain words, in a not
> terribly obvious fashion, to no obvious purpose, a
> feature which i neither need nor desire.
> how do i defeat these gratuitous annoyances?

There are a number of opensource vi clones available; Redhat chose to adopt
"vim" as the default vi-like editor. I've been using vi for nearly 20 
and I find that vim is missing a great deal of vi's functionality, in 
addition to having extra features that I find get in my way. 

The "real" vi, from the original Berkeley sources, is currently named
"nvi". I always remove the vi view, and ex symlinks that point to vim,
and make them point to nvi instead. Redhat also adds a "vi" alias to the
global bashrc that points to vim, so I also delete that alias.

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