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Arrow keys not working in vi edit mode?

On a fresh installation of Centos/Ubuntu you will sometimes find that the arrow keys don’t work whilst in vi- instead giving you something like:


Very frusting and usually has me grabbing nano instead. However, there are a couple of ways around this:

  • apt-get install vimĀ  (or use your favourite package manager) and instead use vim, which supports the arrow keys by default
  • Or if you don’t want to install more software, set “:set nocompatible” and this should fix it also