How to Install Vim on CentOS 5.8

Vim is an alternative to vi editor. Meaning, vim is a text editor that is upwards compatible to Vi. Vim can be used to edit all kinds of plain text. It is especially useful for editing programs. In this post, i will show how to install vim on linux CentOS 5.8 server. This steps may working on other linux distribution as well.

Simply run this command to install vim :

[root@centos58 ~]# yum install vim-enhanced -y

Example :

[root@centos58 ~]# yum install vim-enhanced -y
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * extras:
 * updates:
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package vim-enhanced.i386 2:7.0.109-7.el5 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: vim-common = 2:7.0.109-7.el5 for package: vim-enhanced
--> Processing Dependency: for package: vim-enhanced
--> Processing Dependency: for package: vim-enhanced
--> Running transaction check
---> Package gpm.i386 0:1.20.1-74.1 set to be updated
---> Package perl.i386 4:5.8.8-38.el5 set to be updated
---> Package vim-common.i386 2:7.0.109-7.el5 set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                   Arch              Version                         Repository         Size
 vim-enhanced              i386              2:7.0.109-7.el5                 base              1.2 M
Installing for dependencies:
 gpm                       i386              1.20.1-74.1                     base              184 k
 perl                      i386              4:5.8.8-38.el5                  base               12 M
 vim-common                i386              2:7.0.109-7.el5                 base              6.4 M

Transaction Summary
Install       4 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 20 M
Downloading Packages:
(1/4): gpm-1.20.1-74.1.i386.rpm                                               | 184 kB     00:01
(2/4): vim-enhanced-7.0.109-7.el5.i386.rpm                                    | 1.2 MB     00:11
(3/4): vim-common-7.0.109-7.el5.i386.rpm                                      | 6.4 MB     00:58
(4/4): perl-5.8.8-38.el5.i386.rpm                                             |  12 MB     01:57
Total                                                                106 kB/s |  20 MB     03:09
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing     : perl                                                                          1/4
  Installing     : vim-common                                                                    2/4
  Installing     : gpm                                                                           3/4
  Installing     : vim-enhanced                                                                  4/4

  vim-enhanced.i386 2:7.0.109-7.el5

Dependency Installed:
  gpm.i386 0:1.20.1-74.1       perl.i386 4:5.8.8-38.el5       vim-common.i386 2:7.0.109-7.el5


To use vim, type vim instead of vi :

[root@centos58 ~]# vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

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