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VIM - Enable Syntax Highlighting


The default VIM installation in Debian 8 does not have syntax highlighting enabled by default. Other distributions may be the same. Running the BASH script below should enable syntax highlighting.

SEARCH='"syntax on'
REPLACE='syntax on'
sudo sed -i "s;$SEARCH;$REPLACE;" $FILEPATH

All the script does is uncomment the syntax on line as shown in the image below (which also shows you what VIM looks like when syntax highlighting is enabled).