Make vim “more readable” on black backgrounds

I pretty much live inside of putty/ssh. My defaults are a black background with white/light lettering. However, when I first get to a new system, I find that this is one of the first things that I need to change. Makes reading comments in code sooo much easier.

vim-before-background-dark

So, go ahead and modify /etc/vim/vimrc
[bash]
" If using a dark background within the editing area and syntax highlighting
" turn on this option as well
"set background=dark
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and remove the ” (double quote) from in front of set background=dark. This uncomments it, and makes that set vcommand visible to vi.

[bash]
" If using a dark background within the editing area and syntax highlighting
" turn on this option as well
set background=dark
[/bash]

vim-after-background-dark

Changing the default editor from pico to vim

On new (or new to me systems) I find it annoying to use a program like git, or crontab -e and find myself in the pico editor.  🙁

So, here’s how to change it:

[bash]
sudo update-alternatives –config editor

There are 4 choices for the alternative editor (providing /usr/bin/editor).

Selection Path Priority Status
————————————————————
* 0 /bin/nano 40 auto mode
1 /bin/ed -100 manual mode
2 /bin/nano 40 manual mode
3 /usr/bin/vim.basic 30 manual mode
4 /usr/bin/vim.tiny 10 manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 3
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/vim.basic to provide /usr/bin/editor (editor) in manual mode.
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and to confirm your selection, run the same command again, and check out the item that has the asterisk next to it:

[bash]
sudo update-alternatives –config editor
There are 4 choices for the alternative editor (providing /usr/bin/editor).

Selection Path Priority Status
————————————————————
0 /bin/nano 40 auto mode
1 /bin/ed -100 manual mode
2 /bin/nano 40 manual mode
* 3 /usr/bin/vim.basic 30 manual mode
4 /usr/bin/vim.tiny 10 manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:
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If that still doesn’t work, try this instead:

[bash]
export EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim.basic
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