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Is there any vi/vim/pico/nano console build for android or any other editor which I can use in remote interactive adb shell. I don't need GUI at all.

I've seen Vi IMproved Touch and it's a nice example of editor which doesn't seems to have a console version which I need so much.

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Vi (or, its line-editor predecessors ed and ex) is always in-built with Unix and Unix-based systems.

If its not available in your device by default, install busybox (rooted device is required). Busybox bundles vi editor, too.

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Nano can be compiled manually, but also will needed Terminfo data for correct display text. Another way is use vim: (precompiled here: ).

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