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Slave to the dotfiles.

Posted 03-09-2018 at 05:09 AM by GazL
Updated 03-09-2018 at 07:04 AM by GazL

Linux Journal re-runs the Editor Wars.
Vim: 35%
GNU Emacs: 19%
So, probably no surprise there to anyone.

I think Emacs suffers because it has some bad initial behaviours and some awkward or hard to remember key strokes. These can mostly be fixed of course through customisation but it takes a lot of time and effort, not to mention learning a little elisp along the way!

Up until recently I was a 'vi' kind of guy, 'elvis' being the implementation I was most comfortable with. I never really got on with vim -- all its "helpful" automatic features seemed to just get in the way and my .vimrc is full of statements turning them all off.

I'm now a born-again Emacsian, but I don't think I'd want to use either of these editors for anything non-trivial without having my dotfiles installed.

It's a much wider problem though. Many Window-managers I've tried have absolutely horrible default key-bindings or behaviours but can be really nice with a little tweaking and the same can be said for many other programs.

The problem with all this customisation however is that it is a double-edged sword: when it's not available to you, you feel like a fish on land. The only way to avoid this is to use the defaults... but they're always so unbearable.

I think I'm just doomed to be a slave to the dotfiles forever!
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