"the arrow keys sometimes produce strange effects in vi and should be avoided" ah, good, already there are mysterious and unknowable forces at play. well-designed program

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context: this is for work. sorry for no cw.
up until now I've been able to edit files over NFS, but this particular file has to be on disk, which either means copying it from the PC every time I edit it, or editing it on the device. previously I was just using echo and piping, but I think learning basic vi is probably easier (def easier than compiling nano).
the prior posts are absolutely overreacting. it's social media, that's the expectation

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