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Old 28th June 2007, 19:09
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Default Debian Vi Vim color syntax

I just installed Debian Etch and found a way to change the default monochrome vi to color with syntax, thought it might help someone else looking for the same thing. I had to look awhile for this, and found that the instructions for enabling it in Sarge don't work.

Do:

apt-get install vim-full

This will load all the syntax format info for most of the files you're likely to ever need, i.e. apache2.conf, postfix/main.cf etc.

edit ~/.bashrc for whichever user you are

add:

alias vi='vim'

then edit:

/etc/vim/vimrc

and uncomment:

syntax on

and any other features you want to enable in that file. HTH somebody else trying to figure this out.

Cameron
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