Vim insert mode requires 'i' three times

Mel fbsd.questions at
Fri Mar 14 09:18:30 UTC 2008

On Friday 14 March 2008 05:22:48 Troy wrote:

> I'm not sure if anyone has seen this but it started a few months ago.
> When I startup vim I have to hit 'i' three times to get it to go into
> insert mode.  I started troubleshooting my .vimrc file and figured out
> that as long as I have a .vimrc file, even if it's completely blank it
> exhibits this behavior.  I notice that there is a 'c' letter in the buffer
> upon startup but again there is nothing that is in the .vimrc file that is
> causing this to load.
> If I delete the .vimrc file and start the program, I can hit 'i' once and
> it will go into insert mode like it's supposed to.
> I have had this problem on 6.3 and just upgraded to 7.0 and it still is
> there. This is happening on two different FreeBSD machines.
> One machine is running:
> vim+ruby-7.1.242_5
> vim-lite-7.1.242
> Anyone have any idea why this is happening?

Never seen this, but the only thing consistent throughout installations is 
the .viminfo file, so maybe delete that?


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.

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