Tiny Vim on Ubuntu

A new installation of Ubuntu exists at work and I’ve discovered that by default, it doesn’t come with real vim. The clue is in the error message:

E319: Sorry, the command is not available in this version: syntax enable

E538: No mouse support: mouse=a

To get things back to normal I needed to install vim and then alias it correctly. Using

which vim

I discovered that /usr/bin/vim was being used – this symlinks to /etc/alternatives/vim and that in turn links back to /usr/bin/vim.tiny. So I installed vim:

sudo apt-get install vim

and then changed the symlink in /etc/alternatives to point to /usr/bin/vim.basic instead – much better :)

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