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While the Readline library does not have a full set of
editing functions, it does contain enough to allow simple editing
of the line. The Readline
vi mode behaves as specified in
the POSIX 1003.2 standard.
In order to switch interactively between
editing modes, use the command M-C-j (bound to emacs-editing-mode
vi mode and to vi-editing-mode in
The Readline default is
When you enter a line in
vi mode, you are already placed in
`insertion' mode, as if you had typed an `i'. Pressing ESC
switches you into `command' mode, where you can edit the text of the
line with the standard
vi movement keys, move to previous
history lines with `k' and subsequent lines with `j', and
This document describes the GNU Readline Library, a utility for aiding in the consitency of user interface across discrete programs that need to provide a command line interface.
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