Vi bindings

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I cut my UNIX teeth as an AIX SysAdmin and developer. I moved onto Linux, FreeBSD and OS X, but my beginnings laid the foundation for how I like my system set up. Most notably, I want vi bindings on the command line.

set -o vi

Is a mainstay in my .profile and the first thing I type when signing into a foreign system. But I’ve always been suffering when I start up a command line client (irb, psql, sqlplus, gqlplus). I have to revert to cursor keys and horrible movement commands.

Well no longer!

~/.editrc

bind -v

~/.inputrc

set editing-mode vi

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