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Old 10-04-2007, 08:34 AM   #16
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portability is key, I can use the same exact editor in every linux distro or unix version I come across in any state of disrepair. I only wish it was preinstalled on every windows machine too... I'd never use anything else. the learning curve is steep, but its worth it. I like terminal editors more than notepad or word or wordpad because its nice to be able to do everything with keystrokes when my hands are already on the keys to type, I'd rather not have to rehome my fingers on the keyboard after switching to bold text and then again switching back to regular text.
 
Old 10-04-2007, 09:17 AM   #17
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OK, I'll add some confusion. Let's get Emacs into the debate. If anyone gets killed in the great vim vs emacs battle, don't blame me. I did it just for fun.
 
Old 10-04-2007, 02:07 PM   #18
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Tchah - it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 08:56 AM   #19
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:30 PM   #20
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/me puts on asbestos suit

emacs is a great free operating system but a poor text editor
 
Old 10-21-2007, 07:31 PM   #21
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With the caveat that nano might not be there when you need it in an emergency. System down, won't boot, need to mount boot volume and edit system file or something that someone screwed up. You can pretty well count on vi being there.

While I did find nano (`which nano`) on my Mac OS X system, it is not on my Solaris systems. Not even in /usr/sfw/bin where open source stuff is put (if I installed it from sunfreeware, it would be in /usr/local/bin).

[note: I failed to notice the expansion of this thread, and was commenting to the last post on the first page of entries -- that while vi was historical, nano might be best to learn now -- thus my "With the caveat that . . .]

Last edited by choogendyk; 10-22-2007 at 06:23 AM. Reason: adding note to clarify context
 
Old 10-21-2007, 08:29 PM   #22
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Believe it or not but I have just had a completely different experience. Tried to install Debian, Debian went oops and for some reason messed with my Ubuntu that is on the same disk. Well, I found out that - contrary to my expectations - Ubuntu had neither vi nor vim available, only nano...
 
Old 10-21-2007, 08:50 PM   #23
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I use nano.

I don't understand why you aren't considered to be a "super-powered" computer user unless you write your documents in code, programs in binary, and don't have a GUI installed. Personally, if you can get a distro to your liking, don't mind what others prefer or feel you have to switch cause it ain't the "real man" thing.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 09:13 PM   #24
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I kind of agree. I often find it ludicrous, that whole "control your system" hype when, in fact, people are only typing some stuff they found in a tutorial or a manual. If you want to control your system, write your own OS.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 10:22 PM   #25
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When I started they told me that vi was the standard editor, so I learned how to use it. All it takes is about 1 hour, and should get it. If you don't like it, nano is pre-installed on most distros too, but it won't replace vi as a standard editor any time soon. It's been around for too long.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 11:10 PM   #26
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Of course, this is a non-issue. Comparing the capabilities of vi(m) and nano should make it clear that there is just no comparing. The real comparison should be between vim and emacs.
 
Old 10-21-2007, 11:24 PM   #27
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Believe it or not but I have just had a completely different experience. Tried to install Debian, Debian went oops and for some reason messed with my Ubuntu that is on the same disk. Well, I found out that - contrary to my expectations - Ubuntu had neither vi nor vim available, only nano...
According to distrowatch, Gutsy should have vim 7.1 .
 
Old 10-21-2007, 11:29 PM   #28
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Yes, it should have, but I was working from a very limited environment as Gutsy wouldn't boot anymore. I should have thought that the default editor in such an environment would be vi, but no, only nano was accessible.

Last edited by jay73; 10-22-2007 at 04:51 AM.
 
Old 10-22-2007, 04:21 AM   #29
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I've very rarely, if ever, used Vi or Emacs. But out of the two, I prefer Emacs. Can't quite understand the reasoning behind having a dual-mode text editor: insert & command modes. I always end up using nano, and/or KWrite or Gedit.
:q!
 
Old 10-22-2007, 05:12 AM   #30
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Yes, it should have, but I was working from a very limited environment as Gutsy wouldn't boot anymore. I should have thought that the default editor in such an environment would be vi, but no, only nano was accessible.
that may be true but nano is much easier, especially since I can't ever recall a nano install that didn't have all the key shortcuts at the bottom of the screen. if you don't know nano you can figure it out, if you don't know vi and thats all you have you are screwed.
 
  


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