vim destructions

07/21/2013

Although I’ve been using linux for years, I’m still quite a n00b when it come s to command line prompts 🙂
leaving this here for future reference: How to close VIM from the command line

In vim there are 3 different modes:

Insert – allows typing and editing as normal
Visual – used for selecting copy/paste etc.
Normal – used for commands

To get back to Normal mode, you can always press esc.

Once you are at Normal mode Press : to begin your command (you’ll see it appear in the bottom left). The following commands are related to quiting vim:

:q - quit if no changes were made
:q! - quit and destroy any changes made
:wq - write changes (save) and quit
:x - similar to :wq, only write the file if changes were made, then quit

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