.vimrc is the configuration file for vim. Upon execution vim will read the contents of this file setting up a customized environment. You have to save this file in your home directory. It is important to notice that the commands should not include the initial colon (:).
Here are some useful commands:
syntax on " syntax highlighing set number " show line numbers set ruler " show the cursor position all the time set ignorecase " ignore case when searching set hlsearch " highlight searches set tabstop=4 " number of spaces of tab character set shiftwidth=4 " number of spaces to (auto)indent set autoindent " always set auto indenting on set smartindent " smart indent set cindent " cindent
If you are using vi instead of vim, then save your configuration to
Be careful not to leave a final end of line or vi will complain it does not understand the command.
set sm set number set ignorecase set tabstop=4 set shiftwidth=4 set autoindent set showmatch set ruler