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Re: Vim and the navigating with arrow keys


At 06:27 2003-06-10, wrote:
"True Vim'ers DO NOT navigate with arrow keys". I remember reading that somewhere. Certainly the "correct" way to navigate in Vim is with the H J K and L keys. Understood, acknowledged, yaddy yadda yaaa. That said - I "like" to use the arrow keys. It's habitual and something I've been doing for years and years. And like most folks, I "resist" change. Therefore, I'm a little "disturbed" that the latest Vim appears to have completely disabled the arrow keys for navigation, or even for mapping.

You are mistaken. Arrow keys are working fine in:

VIM - Vi IMproved 6.2 (2003 Jun 1, compiled Jun 1 2003 19:49:13)

If arrow keys are not functioning for you in Vim, the problem is not Vim itself.

Is this a "planned" and permanent new condition?? The previous version 6.1-300 still has arrow keys enabled, but 6.2-1 does not - or so it appears. Now I do note, the navigating appears much more precise and improved with 6.2-1, no more having to do CTRL-L's to refresh the screen after navigating small text files. (Which was a bother). I don't use RXVT, but bash in a cmd shell.

What TERM setting are you using? I have always found Vim to be virtually flawless in screen maintenance with TERM=cygwin under the Cygwin console-based terminal emulation.

I'm a minimalist at heart and try to use native and ubiquitous utilities to the greatest extent possible - which is why I long ago chose Vi as my primary editor. Because it's "everywhere", especially in UNIX, I'm never without "my" editor. Anyhow, I'd just to like to know if anyone else has noticed this, cares, or knows something about it. I can of course live without arrows, but I'd rather not if I don't have to.

We're all deeply caring people here, even if a bit mean.

Randall Schulz

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