Re: debian-user: strange problem with VIM and cursor keys.
Brendan J Simon wrote:
> When I use VIM in an X terminal (eg. gnometerm), I can't use the cursor
> keys to navigate whilst in insert mode.
> *However*, if I have a ~/.vimrc file with nothing in it, I *can*
> navigate with the cursor keys in insert mode.
> Very strange. Is this a bug or have I got something wrong with my setup.
I'm guessing that there's a system-wide vimrc in /etc somewhere which is
disabling the cursor keys. A .vimrc in your $HOME (even an empty one)
would override the /etc one if it exists, which is probably why what is
happening is happening.
Of course, with no Debian box nearby to check I can't be sure. Poke
around /etc and see what you find. Also try 'man vim'.