vi(1) and ISO 8859-1

Rocky Hotas rockyhotas at
Sat Apr 6 08:49:34 UTC 2019

> Sent: Friday, April 05, 2019 at 9:43 AM
> From: "Matthias Apitz" <guru at>
> To: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: Re: vi(1) and ISO 8859-1


> > This is with vim 8.1.555 on 
> > 
> > $ uname -a
> > FreeBSD c720-r342378 13.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 13.0-CURRENT GENERIC  amd64

Thanks for your test and for the version check.

> I now realized that you were talking about vi(1) while I was talking
> about vim (from the ports).

Exactly: they are not the same.

> If you compare it with vim on Linux, you
> should better compare this port because on Linux vi is vim:

Yes, on Linux vi(1) is a symlink to vim. It's good that at least the vim on
Linux and the one in FreeBSD ports behave similarly.

Even without a comparison between them, my doubt is another one. I wonder if
it is normal and expected that FreeBSD's vi(1) (which actually is nvi/nex)
does not automatically switch its encoding according to the current file,
despite the `fileencoding, fe [auto detect]' in the manpage.

Again, `auto detect' lets me wonder about this.

I am using vi(1) Version 2.1.3 (2015-04-08) on FreeBSD 12-RELEASE amd64.



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