So I’ve been using linux for a fairly log time now. By the process of forced association I’ve picked up a few simple tricks to make working with your linux distro easier. I’ll begin by showing you a few things I do to every linux box I build to make my life easier. Most recently I’ve been using Ubuntu, but they should work just as well for most linux flavors.

The VI editor – ubuntu issues
In ubuntu vi this has some odd behavior. I cribbed this little fix from Falko Timme at and it works great.

sudo aptitude install vim-nox

You still launch vi with “vi”.


with a space and the file name.
all is as it was before.