vim question...

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Jun 15 04:56:40 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:18:42PM -0700, Michael K. Smith wrote:
> On 6/14/09 7:46 PM, "Gary Kline" <kline at> wrote:
> > 
> > the main reason i don't use vim is because of its [u]ndo
> > command.  as most of you can understand, there are a whole slew
> > of times when i need to undo something.  too often in vim,
> > hitting 'u' --- sometimes > once accidentally --- has resulted in
> > a small disaster.  [[i have too many current/recent copies of
> > my working files to do TOO much damage!]]  Anyway, is there a
> > means of setting the undo key to mimic vi/nvi?
> > 
> If you undo something and it was a mistake, just use the period (.).

It's probably better to get in the habit of using :redo than the period
to undo an undo, since :redo (or :red for not-very-short) can advance
through several levels of undos, but the period can only repeat one
single thing over and over again.  If you're six levels back in undos,
and you want to undo all six levels, but you use the period once, I think
that'd wipe out all those levels of undo so they aren't recoverable.

I haven't directly tested that recently, but that's how I recall it
working back when I first learned about multiple undo/redo levels for
Vim, lo these many moons ago when the world was young and dinosaurs
roamed the Earth.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
Quoth H. L. Mencken: "Democracy is the theory that the common people
know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
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