Terminal 2.5.1 home/end

Treadstone06

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I started a new position recently and with that came a macbook. I've never used one on a daily basis so am currently learning. My biggest problem so far is with the terminal app. I use it daily but am finding myself really missing the home/end keys and even occasionally the page up/down.

Could someone please give me a hand on how to allow the use of these within terminal and specifically within vim as well.

Thanks to everyone for their time and effort.
 

Treadstone06

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Apr 28, 2014
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Thanks, good to know.

I was reading somewhere about the possiblity of adding the home and/or end keys to be used within vim...has anyone successfully done this?

Thanks again.
 

bradl

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Since Terminal is just... well, a terminal, screen controls can vary by what program you're in.

For vi:

Home (top of document): 1G ("line 1 go")
End (end of document): G ("go")
Page up: ctrl-B ("back")
Page down: ctrl-F ("forward")

In bash:

Beginning of line: ctrl-A
End of line: ctrl-E

And page up/down are Fn-up arrow and Fn-down arrow, and those mappings work in vi, as does Fn-left and Fn-right arrows for beginning/end of line.
Make it easier for the line. In vi:

Beginning of line in a document: 0
End of line in a document: $

Just be careful, as with some Unices, vim is not installed, let alone an option, so those mappings to function keys, PgUp/PgDn may not exist. Some don't even have the arrows mapped, so you'd have to rely on H, J, K, and L for movement in command mode.

To the OP: I know you wouldn't like to spend the money, but in this case, it would be money well spent. O'Reilly & Associates have some of, if not the best books out there in regards to IT. In this case, for the Unix user and/or power user, especially with editors, you should pick up the vi & Vim Pocket Reference Guide. It's worth it, and has what you are looking for and then some.

BL.
 
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Watabou

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If you just want to know the basics, type
Code:
vimtutor
in the terminal, and it will go over the basic vim commands. Just takes 10-15 minutes of your time to complete the whole tutorial.
 

Treadstone06

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Apr 28, 2014
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Thanks everyone for all of the advice. I've now got myself a little cheat sheet to reference until I get them all memorized. Much appreciated for your time and knowledge.