How to Install vim on RHEL 6

In this post, i will show on how to install vim on Redhat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) Linux server. Vim stands for ‘Vi Improved’. Vi is one of the most popular and powerful editors in the Unix systems. Vim is an advanced text editor, alternative editor for VI and it’s highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems. If your RHEL 6 server doesn’t have vim installed, you will get the following error :

    [root@rhel6 ~]# vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
    -bash: /usr/bin/vim: No such file or directory

Assumed that you have set up local yum repository using your DVDrom. If you haven’t set up the local yum repository, please proceed to this steps :
How to Setup Local Yum Repository from CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image on RHEL 6

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Simply run this command to install vim on RHEL 6 :

    [root@rhel6 ~]# yum install vim-enhanced -y
    Loaded plugins: rhnplugin
    This system is not registered with RHN.
    RHN support will be disabled.
    Setting up Install Process
    Resolving Dependencies
    --> Running transaction check
    ---> Package vim-enhanced.i686 2:7.2.411-1.4.el6 set to be updated
    --> Finished Dependency Resolution
    Dependencies Resolved
     Package               Arch          Version                    Repository                     Size
     vim-enhanced          i686          2:7.2.411-1.4.el6          DVD-RHEL6-Repository          839 k
    Transaction Summary
    Install       1 Package(s)
    Upgrade       0 Package(s)
    Total download size: 839 k
    Installed size: 1.8 M
    Downloading Packages:
    Running rpm_check_debug
    Running Transaction Test
    Transaction Test Succeeded
    Running Transaction
      Installing     : 2:vim-enhanced-7.2.411-1.4.el6.i686                                          1/1
      vim-enhanced.i686 2:7.2.411-1.4.el6

You can check the details of this vim-enhanced package using this command :

    [root@rhel6 ~]# yum info vim-enhanced
    Loaded plugins: rhnplugin
    This system is not registered with RHN.
    RHN support will be disabled.
    Installed Packages
    Name       : vim-enhanced
    Arch       : i686
    Epoch      : 2
    Version    : 7.2.411
    Release    : 1.4.el6
    Size       : 1.8 M
    Repo       : installed
    From repo  : DVD-RHEL6-Repository
    Summary    : A version of the VIM editor which includes recent enhancements
    URL        :
    License    : Vim and GPLv2+ and BSD and LGPLv2+ and Open Publication
    Description: VIM (VIsual editor iMproved) is an updated and improved version of the
               : vi editor.  Vi was the first real screen-based editor for UNIX, and is
               : still very popular.  VIM improves on vi by adding new features:
               : multiple windows, multi-level undo, block highlighting and more.  The
               : vim-enhanced package contains a version of VIM with extra, recently
               : introduced features like Python and Perl interpreters.
               : Install the vim-enhanced package if you'd like to use a version of the
               : VIM editor which includes recently added enhancements like
               : interpreters for the Python and Perl scripting languages.  You'll also
               : need to install the vim-common package.

Note that you must be the root/administrator to install the package.



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