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Edit a file using vi or vim in read-only mode

Terminal - Edit a file using vi or vim in read-only mode
vi -R filename
2009-03-04 06:56:40
User: haivu
Functions: vi
-3
Edit a file using vi or vim in read-only mode

The -R flag prevents you from making changes to a file, useful when you only want to view the file. This command is nicer than the 'more' or 'less' commands because for source codes, vi shows syntax highlight.

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Comment by CodSpirit 454 weeks and 2 days ago

"view filename" should work fine too.

Comment by OJM 454 weeks and 2 days ago

OJM: I know about the view command, but for the Linux system at work, view does not do syntax coloring.

Comment by haivu 454 weeks and 2 days ago

unixmonkey, in view, try :syntax on

maybe there's a config file for this

Comment by jcgam69 454 weeks and 2 days ago

jcgam69: Yes, I know about syntax on and it did not work, at least with the my Linux distro, which is derived from Red Hat's

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