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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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11.3.8 Split screen with vim

vim can edit multiple files in a multi-split-screen environment. Type :help usr_08.txt for details.

To split the screen display between different files, type at the vi command prompt:

     :split another-file
     :vsplit another-file

Or at a shell prompt:

     $ vi -o file1.txt file2.txt   # Horizontal split
     $ vi -O file1.txt file2.txt   # Vertical split

will provide multiwindow vi.

     $ vimdiff file.txt~ file.txt         # check recent changes of file.txt
     $ vimdiff file.en.sgml  # check changes of translation
     $ gvimdiff file.txt~ file.txt        # in X

will provide a nice view of differences between an original and a backup file. In SGML it matches tags, so comparing translations in this mode works very well.

Special cursor movements with Ctrl-W commands:

     Ctrl-W +      increase the size of a window
     Ctrl-W -      decrease the size of a window
     Ctrl-W h      move to the window left
     Ctrl-W j      move to the window below
     Ctrl-W k      move to the window above
     Ctrl-W l      move to the window right

Use the following to control screen scrolling:

     :set scrollbind
     :set noscrollbind

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