Differences Between vim.basic and vim.tiny – Text Editor Guide


My favorite editor is Vim, so I decided to change the default editor of my ubuntu installation with the following command:

sudo update-alternatives --config editor

A prompt (with listed options) came up asking for an editor, but I noticed that it listed two flavors of Vim:

  • /usr/bin/vim.basic
  • /usr/bin/vim.tiny

What is the difference between the basic and tiny options?

Best Answer

So, vim.basic is just plain vanilla Vim (as you can check with apt-file vim.basic or dpkg -S /usr/bin/vim.basic).

While vim.tiny, as the name implies, is a trimmed-down version of Vim (this question explains it further).

Kudos for @terdon at comments for sorting that out.