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Re: blinking is evil



On Fri, 6 Mar 2009, Nifty Fedora Mitch wrote:

On Fri, Mar 06, 2009 at 09:38:35AM -0600, Michael Hennebry wrote:
After updating to Fedora 9, I used vi on an old mailbox.
Most of the header lines were blinking at me.
What's going on?
How do I make it stop?
If I find the inventor of blinking text,
how slowly should I kill him?


You have to go back to before the invention of the VT-100 terminal
to discover the inventor of blinking text.

Is he still dead?

I think the issue is the alias for vi
$ alias vi
alias vi='vim'

Yup.
I don't have a real vi.

$ su -
# alias vi
-bash: alias: vi: not found
# which vi
/bin/vi

Vim is a smarter version of vi and has syntax driven
display atributes.  It will color text as per the terminfo
file and your preferences.

Since I do not see blinking look at the terminal window you
have and tell us which one you are using i.e.  help --> about

It may be as simple as using "Terminal" in contrast to "Gnome Terminal"...
Or better yet use gvim and click Syntax-->Off;  in vim you should be
able to ":syn off" as well.

Thanks much.
I'm using xterm for a command line and whatever
gvim gives me when it starts from konqueror.
.../x/xterm is a compiled terminfo file.

I should have though of syntax.
Blinking text does not do good things to my brain.

Most of the time syntax is good thing,
so I don't want to turn it off generally.
Just knowing :syn off is sufficient, though not excellent.
Turning off blinking generally would be a good thing.
If I went through all the vim syntax files and removed all
the blinks and use_blinks, would that do the trick for gvim?

See my first google hit:
 http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/linux/disable-syntax-highlighting-in-vim/
and also the obvious vim home site stuff:
 http://www.vim.org/htmldoc/syntax.html

--
Michael   hennebry web cs ndsu NoDak edu
"Pessimist: The glass is half empty.
Optimist:   The glass is half full.
Engineer:   The glass is twice as big as it needs to be."


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