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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Regarding the meeting for 11/20/00
From: Greg House <ghouse@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 09:04:42 -0600
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On Tue, 21 Nov 2000, Steve wrote:

> It is very good to learn the basics of vi, and ed too, even if you
> don't use them on a regular basis. If you are a Unix person you will
> inevitably find yourself in a situation where the only editor on the
> system is vi, or even only ed.

That's exactly right. I have to switch systems a lot and the only consistant
thing between them is vi. That's why I use it all the time. It's weird and
takes a long time to learn well, but it's always there and pretty much always
behaves the same. 

I used emacs years ago and loved it, likewise with teco (old DEC editor much
like emacs). I customized them extensively and made me a very productive
editing environment...which was virtually never available to me when I had to
go work somewhere else, so I'd waste the first half hour where ever I was
"fixing" their editor so it'd have at least the key defs I used all the time. I
finally gave up on that when I started using unixes all the time. Vi does
everything I need. If I just sat and plugged away programming (or whatever) on
one machine and never had to switch around, I'd probably use emacs, in the mean
time I have an editing environment I'm used to everywhere I go.


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