Vim does not do encryption no more on RHEL5?

George Magklaras georgios at
Fri Oct 12 08:14:37 UTC 2007

That's a bit weird. I just checked and vim -x works on my RHEL 5 box. 
Also vim -h displays the -x option.  Are you sure you are not using some 
other version of vim compiled locally in your system outside the RHEL 
distro and overriding your path? In my box:

# type vim
vim is hashed (/usr/bin/vim)
# ldd /usr/bin/vim => /lib64/ (0x00000033cde00000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033d0600000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033d4800000) => /usr/lib64/ (0x00000033cae00000) => 
(0x00000033cb200000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033d1e00000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033d8a00000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033c9e00000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033ca200000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033ca600000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033caa00000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033d0200000)
         /lib64/ (0x00000033c9a00000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033d3e00000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033d2200000) => /lib64/ (0x00000033dca00000)

Libcrypt is at the bottom. Can you check your vim path?


George Magklaras

Senior Computer Systems Engineer/UNIX Systems Administrator
EMBnet Technical Management Board
The Biotechnology Centre of Oslo,
University of Oslo

EMBnet Norway:

Binyon Steve Contr 705 CTS/ASRCC wrote:
> We are evaluating RHEL 5 and found this:
> Under RHEL 3 and 4, one could do 'vi -x' to have the file password
> protected and encrypted.  Under RHEL 5, this appears to be no longer
> true.  So, what is used under RHEL 5 that replaces this functionality?
> Btw the man page states that its still valid, but vim -h does not show
> the -x flag.
> Thanks in advance.
> ~smbinyon

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