editors in rescue mode

Karl Larsen k5di at zianet.com
Mon Aug 11 21:26:53 UTC 2008

Smoot Carl-Mitchell wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-08-11 at 15:09 -0400, Jorge Luis wrote:
>>>> Smoot Carl-Mitchell <smoot at tic.com> wrote:
>>> a ":" in vi, it drops you to what is essentially the ex editor command
>>> line.  ex is an extension of ed. Mark Horton (the inventor of vi) did
>>> this deliberately, so all the search and regular expression power of ed
>>> was available in vi. Mark also invented termcap which is similar to
>> Um, both vi and termcap were coded by Bill Joy, then of UC Berkeley, now
>> of Sun Microsystems.  Legend has it that Joy wrote vi in a weekend.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vi
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termcap
> I think you are correct.  Mark Horton was involved in the development as
> I recall.  My old brain gets them confused.
    Well, I opened a Terminal and brought up the wikipedia and tried to 
learn VI. It is the pits! I tried to write a simple text file and then 
modify it and it was a total failure. Then I used VIM and it is a breath 
of fresh air. With it I corrected everything and I think I would trust 
myself to do a system mod in an emergency with VIM. But if it it takes 
VI then I will reload the whole thing :-)



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