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Vi / ViM Or Emacs?  
User currently onlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2204 posts, RR: 21
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

Since Airbus v Boeing wars seem to be frowned upon more and more these days, I decided I'd start some other quasi-religious hate wars.  Smile

First up, text editors?

What's your preference, Vi or Emacs?

Me, I can use either, but tend to use Vim on servers for editing config files and Emacs on my desktop/laptop for programming and shell scripting.

I've also been known to use Pico on occasion though.


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24979 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1185 times:

I find Pico easiest to use  Wink

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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1180 times:

vi for me  Smile

But then, Im oldstyle Unix.

User currently offlineVivek0072 From India, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

vi for me.....meantime which flavour or unix do u prefer ? I prefer the one from HP.

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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

PICO all the way, i cant get used to vi....

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User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

emacs??? why not use MsWord if you like menu bars so much?  Wink

vi, all the way.


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5192 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

PICO is the one and only! Who needs fancy commands like in emacs, all you need is basic editing! (ok so emacs confuses the hell out of me..)

My favourite linux flavour is mandrake/mandriva.

That'll teach you
User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

VIm is just awesome. I'm totally hooked on it and distribute it to all of my Solaris boxes as well as my RH servers.

It is the best of the best (VI) with updated feature and logical key compatability.

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

VI forever. Use it on Windows, Linux, AIX, SCO, Solaris, basically anywhere.

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User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 735 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1140 times:


Vi(m) and Emacs make me really grumpy.


User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

vi is nice, except no page down functions really hurts when im looking through logs

User currently offlineSenliture From Australia, joined May 2000, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

Quoting B744F (Reply 10):
vi is nice, except no page down functions really hurts when im looking through logs

I doubt. What version of os you are using? Have you ever tried vim? Some unix and SunOs seperate vi and vim while most of the linux have actually lniked the vi to vim. Once loaded the vim, type
:set nocp
(remember the colon)
or, you can create a file (or open if exists) called
(remember the dot at the beginning)
and type the :set nocp into it and store/exit.

Happy vim!

btw, I use vim as it was the first editor that my school taught me when we were introduced to linux. Took me a while to get used to the commands, but they make senses.

[Edited 2005-10-29 16:49:44]

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3224 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

I prefer GUI editors, like TextWrangler or XCode. When I have to use a command line editor, I like pico/nano. If I have to choose between vi/vim and emacs, I choose vi.

As far as distribuations, my favorite Linux is Gentoo, but my favorite flavor of Unix is Mac OS X.

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21547 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

I use vi (or, if available, pico) if I must, but fortunately BBEdit covers practically all cases I currently need. Where necessary I use BBEdit's built-in SFTP client to access files on remote servers transparently.

It's nice to have console-based editors as an ultimate backup if everything else should fail, but that is inceasingly rarely the case. And I'm happy about it as the console editors are incredibly cumbersome and slow compared with a proper graphical one.

Key bindings, regular expressions, programmable text processing, integrated CVS support and many other features are available in BBEdit as well (combined with cross-application scripting through AppleScript).

I'm not missing anything - and the Editor is my primary working tool.

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