The following steps are necessary to get bvi running:


The Unix version of bvi needs the curses (ncurses) library for cursor movement.
  1. Download the source package from the Download Page
  2. Unzip the package with the command:
  3.     # gunzip -c bvi-1.4.0.src.tar.gz | tar xvf
  4. Change to the directory bvi-1.4.0 and type
        # ./configure
        # make
  5. Type `make install' for copying the executable files and manual pages to the final directories.
    By default, `make install' will install the package's files in `/usr/local/bin', `/usr/local/man', etc. You can specify an installation prefix other than `/usr/local' by giving `configure' the option `--prefix=PATH'. Use the `--with-ncurses' option to configure to specify an alternate search path for Ncurses outside the normal include/lib search path.

    You will find now four new commands:

        bvi     The binary editor
        bview   The readonly version of bvi
        bvedit  The beginners version of bvi
        bmore   The binary more program
  6. Use `make uninstall' to remove the installed files from your file system.
    You can remove the program binaries and object files from the source code directory by typing `make clean'. To also remove the files that `configure' created (so you can compile the package for a different kind of computer), type `make distclean'.


Beginning with version 1.3.2 you may use the DJGPP environment to compile bvi for working under both Win32 and DOS.

The MSDOS version (Borland C) exists for historical reasons and is not supported anymore:

You have to convert the sourcefiles from the UNIX textformat to the MSDOS textformat first. This can be done e.g. by loading and saving them with the MSDOS standard editor `edit'.

The MSDOS version is using the conio routines of the Borland - C compilers for cursor movement. The doscur.h header file substitutes the curses commands.
Bvi is using the "HUGE" memory model, bmore needs the "TINY" model to be able to convert it to a .COM file.

  1. Download the source package from the Download Page
  2. Unzip the package with the command:
        gunzip -c bvi-1.3.2.src.tar.gz | tar xvf
  3. Load the tcconfig file (located in the bc subdirectory for Borland - C).
  4. Press F9-Make
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