Working with Vim in CentOS

15 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

Being able to minimally navigate text editors will make your life as a system administrator easier. Knowing the ins and outs will help as well, but a minimum familiarity is useful. This lab allows you to practice with Vim.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Put the Lines in a-b-c-d Order

Using the dd and p commands in Vim, move the lines around until the poem looks like this:

a) Roses are red,
b) Violets are blue,
c) Pinehead is learning,
d) Can you learn too?
Remove the Lines That Don’t Belong

Using the dd command, remove lines 2, 4, and 5 so that the poem looks like this:

1)  Roses are red,
3)  Violets are blue,
6)  Sugar is sweet
7)  And so are you.
Insert the Current Date and Time into the File without Exiting Vim

With the vimlab file open, press Escape followed by:

:! date

This will run the date command. Copy the output, hit enter, and paste it into the open file. It should look similar to:

3rd task

Mon Mar  2 00:00:00 CST 2020

Additional Resources

In the cloud_user home directory, there is a file called vimlab. Perform the three tasks in the three sections of that file using Vim. When you've finished, save and exit Vim.

What are Hands-on Labs

Hands-on Labs are real environments created by industry experts to help you learn. These environments help you gain knowledge and experience, practice without compromising your system, test without risk, destroy without fear, and let you learn from your mistakes. Hands-on Labs: practice your skills before delivering in the real world.

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