Questions about the different options that vim can take from the shell and the different commands to start the editor.
A first reading about Vim's command line options should be
Vim can be started from the shell in different ways, e.g.:
vimThe "normal" way, everything is default.
exStart in Ex mode. Go to Normal mode with the
viewStart in read-only mode. You will be protected from writing the files.
gviewThe GUI version. Starts a new window.
Also some common options are:
-uallows to specify a file to use as configuration file other than the
-callows to specify an ex mode command to be executed after the first file was read.
-wallows to record in a file every keystrokes issued in Vim.