When you put "set -o vi" in a .bash_profile in Red Hat 6.0,
vi mode doesn't work at all. When you type it in manually,
it works fine. This seems like a bug in readline, not a
choice of features as Cristian Grafton has suggested. When
one adds "set -o vi" to a .bashrc, then vi edit mode never
works correctly afterwards. When you type it in manually,
you get great results. Once bash processes the "set -o vi"
in a .bashrc, no amount changing edit modes manually will
make vi edit mode work correctly [emacs edit mode seems
It makes the system MUCH more unfriendly to vi users than
the old version was to emacs users. Yeah, home and end
work, but now nothing else does - at least not for vi users.
The workaround is given by David A. DeGraaf on the
I found that the new line in /etc/profile is culpable:
When I commented this out bash worked again as it should. I
have no idea why this line is there or what function is lost
by removing it. It's just one of those little mysteries...
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 2738 ***