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how to get out of the vi editing mode

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: how to get out of the vi editing mode
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 22:10:34 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.50 (gnu/linux)

I hit something by accident and command line editing no longer works.
(I think I switched to the vi mode).
1. how do I get back to the emacs mode? (aka what did I hit?!)
2. how do I disable vi mode forever and ever (short of recompiling bash myself)?


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