I am very much annoyed by this error:

$ vi abc.sh
Error detected while processing /home/DELL/.virc:
line    1:
E518: Unknown option: incompatible
Press ENTER or type command to continue
/bin/bash: line 2: \: command not found

I don't know, how it is affecting my programs and how this error occurred in my laptop?

I tried reinstalling the package, too.

  • 1
    I’ve added an answer below based on a guess but providing the contents of your virc would be extremely helpful
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Oct 31, 2018 at 18:41
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    Did you read the error message? What is on line 1 of your .virc? Oct 31, 2018 at 20:24
  • It is "set incompatible" on the first line of .virc Nov 2, 2018 at 1:42

1 Answer 1


The option name is nocompatible. Replace incompatible with nocompatible to solve your problem.


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