Formatting an email for this list using vi

Ruben de Groot mail25 at
Tue Jan 27 04:24:24 PST 2004

On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 07:34:54AM -0600, Gary typed:
> Hi Frederick,
> --On Monday, November 17, 2003 09:58:00 AM +1100 Frederick Bowes 
> <fred at> wrote:
> >I have just started learning to use vi, and remember someone posting
> >something a while ago about how to re-format an email reply to have proper
> >60 character width or something like that, does anyone remember how that
> >is done?
> Well, I use VIM instead of VI, it is an "enhanced version"
> For automatic settings, set up a .vimrc file in your home dir.
> Add in:
> :set tw=74                 (to set your text width)
Or in FreeBSD's stock vi incarnation (nvi), you put the line

set wraplen=72

in $HOME/.exrc


> Or you can add this in manually on the VI command line after starting it.
> Now to refomat an email, while preserving the > on previous quoted text, 
> type in ESC gqip
> -- 
> Gary
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