(sorry if this is a FAQ, Google wasn't my friend)
I've been using Vim for a few years now on both windows nt and linux
(at the moment redhat 7.3). I find myself using vim (the terminal
version) more than gvim lately.
There's one problem with vim compared to gvim: I can't see (without
looking at the bottom of the screen) what mode I'm in. In gvim, the
cursorshape does this for me, but AFAIK this isn't possible in a
The "-- INSERT --" string at the bottom of the screen isn't explicit
enough for me, I find myself repeatingly typing commands in insert
mode and vice versa.
So now I'm looking for a way to indicate which mode I'm in. For me, it
would be enough to see if I'm in either insert of replace mode, or in
any other mode. I was thinking about these:
- cursorshape. I'm afraid this isn't possible in a terminal. Or is it?
- use a different background color when in insert/replace mode. But
how would I do this?
Any tips / pointers? TIA!