vim versus vim-tiny

Daniel Robitaille robitaille at
Tue Sep 12 16:25:32 BST 2006

On 9/12/06, Thilo Six <T.Six at> wrote:
> Daniel Robitaille wrote the following on 12.09.2006 08:23:
> > Anyone knows what is different in vim-tiny versus the vim package?
> > I'm guessing the former is smaller than the later, thus it's presence
> > as the default installed package nowadays in Edgy.  But what else is
> > missing from it?
> >
> > In the last few days I was really wondering  why my arrow keys didn't
> > work in vim in a gnome-console xterm in Edgy.   It got me swearing  a
> > few times while editing some files and when trying to move the cursor
> > around simply created some extra characters in the files instead of
> > actually moving the cursor.
> >
> > Then tonight I decided to install "vim", which then redirected the
> > /usr/bin/vim command to the standard vim executable instead of the
> > "tiny" one, and a miracle occured:   my arrow keys are back :)
> $ sudo update-alternatives --all
> then you can select which one to use
> bye Thilo

yes I know that.  But still I had to go out of my way to install ¨vim¨
while only ¨vim-tiny¨ was the one installed by an install from
scratch.  And it´s only when I did this that I could use my arrow keys
in a vim session.     I know that real men(tm) use the control keys
instead of the arrow keys when using vi, so it´s not a big issue.  But
all this  did solve one of the mystery/problem I had with Edgy in
recent days :)

Daniel Robitaille

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