Problem every linux newbie hitting 'v' in less (the program) on typical Red Hat or similar distro where vi is default editor: vi starts up, newbie panics, hits Ctrl-C, Ctrl-C and Ctrl-C... Esc... Ctrl-X... Meta-X... Meta-Ctrl-X... God damn! and hits reset. And forcedly fsck's root.

No, don't laugh. Things like that happen.

And the answer is... :q[enter] !!! That's right.

What kind of sick and twisted mind hides exit button like that...

P.S. On some systems it may be necessary to hit 'ESC' prior to :v.