After installing my favourite distro, which these days seem to have fallen back on Ubuntu I’m usually installing the ‘vim-gnome’ package. It pulls down the necessary packages for me to have a fully fledged Vim editor with syntax highlighting and so on.
But what if I don’t have X installed ?
Trying to install vim-gnome then would pull down xorg + the complete gnome-desktop environment, which really isn’t that necessary.
Since there’s a lot of packages related to vim it could be a bit confusing which one to pull down just to have syntax highlighting.
# aptitude install vim-nox
gives you, in _my_ opinion, a working and useful Vim editor in a ‘non-X’ environment :p