Dummkopf's guide to vim

Knapp magick.crow at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 08:16:45 BST 2008

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 9:09 AM, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/9/3 Caleb Eggensperger <calebegg at gmail.com>:
>> Also, I would never suggest a newb use vim; if console editing is
>> required, I always suggest nano. If they know vim well enough to use
>> it, they'll also know that they can use any text editor in place of
>> nano.
> ++iagree
> --
> Dotan Cohen

I agree also but I think that often nano is not installed whereas VIM
is. True of other editors also. I know I have in the past been off
line leading some help and been told to boot some program that I don't
have on the computer. It drive one mad when you are in the midst of
some other aggravating problem.

I think one way to make vim much more usable is for it to start in
edit mode and with a little message that says press :wq to save and
quit and :q! to force quit. People then could use it without problems
for just a little edit.

The other thing is to have nano as a default install. Is it at this point?
Douglas E Knapp


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