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Add Color to VIM?

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In Fedora 20, documents have no color coding when you edit them with vi or vim. That’s because Fedora installs vim-minimal by default. You can check what’s running with the following command at a shell prompt in the terminal:

rpm -qa | grep vim

It should print the following to console:


You can download and install vim with the enhanced version by using the following syntax:

sudo yum install vim-enhanced
Loaded plugins: langpacks, refresh-packagekit
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package vim-enhanced.x86_64 2:7.4.417-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: vim-common = 2:7.4.417-1.fc20 for package: 2:vim-enhanced-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: for package: 2:vim-enhanced-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package gpm-libs.x86_64 0:1.20.7-3.fc20 will be installed
---> Package vim-common.x86_64 2:7.4.417-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: vim-filesystem for package: 2:vim-common-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64
--> Running transaction check
---> Package vim-filesystem.x86_64 2:7.4.417-1.fc20 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution
Dependencies Resolved
 Package              Arch         Version                  Repository     Size
 vim-enhanced         x86_64       2:7.4.417-1.fc20         updates       1.0 M
Installing for dependencies:
 gpm-libs             x86_64       1.20.7-3.fc20            fedora         32 k
 vim-common           x86_64       2:7.4.417-1.fc20         updates       5.9 M
 vim-filesystem       x86_64       2:7.4.417-1.fc20         updates        11 k
Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package (+3 Dependent packages)
Total download size: 7.0 M
Installed size: 23 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
(1/4): gpm-libs-1.20.7-3.fc20.x86_64.rpm                    |  32 kB  00:00     
(2/4): vim-enhanced-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm               | 1.0 MB  00:03     
(3/4): vim-filesystem-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm             |  11 kB  00:03     
(4/4): vim-common-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64.rpm                 | 5.9 MB  00:05     
Total                                              1.3 MB/s | 7.0 MB  00:05     
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : 2:vim-filesystem-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64                       1/4 
  Installing : 2:vim-common-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64                           2/4 
  Installing : gpm-libs-1.20.7-3.fc20.x86_64                                3/4 
  Installing : 2:vim-enhanced-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64                         4/4 
  Verifying  : gpm-libs-1.20.7-3.fc20.x86_64                                1/4 
  Verifying  : 2:vim-common-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64                           2/4 
  Verifying  : 2:vim-enhanced-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64                         3/4 
  Verifying  : 2:vim-filesystem-7.4.417-1.fc20.x86_64                       4/4 
  vim-enhanced.x86_64 2:7.4.417-1.fc20                                          
Dependency Installed:
  gpm-libs.x86_64 0:1.20.7-3.fc20          vim-common.x86_64 2:7.4.417-1.fc20  
  vim-filesystem.x86_64 2:7.4.417-1.fc20  

You can now type vim to edit files in color but vi will still be in black and white.

Written by maclochlainn

September 13th, 2014 at 2:06 am

Posted in Fedora,Linux,vim