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My version is the following:

:ve 
Version nvi-1.81.6nb5 (2009-08-11) The CSRG, University of California, Berkeley.

Is it possible to save a file at regular intervals in vi/nvi?

I know there is an "autowrite" option, but that's only when writing to multiple files and switching back an forth.

Any help will be appreciated.

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Use the autosave plugin. Be aware that it sometimes gets you out of visual mode and problematic in general. https://vimawesome.com/plugin/vim-auto-save

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    Nvi is not vim. There are no plugins for nvi. – Ottavio Caruso Jan 6 '20 at 11:23

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