Vi is the traditional workhorse editor in Unix country. Its origins and thus it key assignments evolved during teletypewriter terminal days, NO CRT, no cursor keys, [h,j,k,l] were the cursor keys. left, up, down, right.
Vi performs its tasks in THREE (3) modes. It starts, ends and performs the commands of its predecessor 'ex' in the line mode when you type a colon and some more. It operates in the command mode by replying to 1 to several letter commands without echoing these commands. And finally it has a graphic mode where it allows insertions and appends of text which terminates with a key called the <ESCAPE> key.
vi (visual editor) help message: is in 3 states: insert, command, line(ex) insert-- i I insert, a A append, o O open line below/above,:!man ed .. for more help. More about Editing
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