How to Save a File in Vi / Vim Editor in Linux

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8 Responses

  1. Jonix Jonixsson says:

    When pressing the :w you can after the enter the path (absolute or relative) where you want the file to be stored

    Absolute path has a leading slash /etc/passwd
    Relative path don’t have the leading slash .././etc/passwd

  2. Jonix Jonixsson says:

    Also, when pressing the ESC-key to get out of insertion mode to command mode, just press ESC-key _once_ otherwise you will get an audible reminder (beep) that you were not aware of where you are/were (insertion-mode/command-mode)

  3. Jonix Jonixsson says:

    When saving the file with :x, beware that you DONT press when pressing the x, so you will avoid using uppercase X when saving; the uppercase X save, will save the file encrypted, the key string entered after the X will be the encryption key..

  4. bowo says:

    I’m using :wq for exit and save, but there are :x more shorter. Well, I guess must read the manual again.

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