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Old 06-24-2004, 08:04 PM   #1
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emacs and vi? So what do they do?

I am just playing around what do I do/can I do with emacs? I fired it up but not really sure what I should try with it? I saw an email function but looked like I needed to be on a network or something. Just looking for some general comments/info.

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Google lately?
Old 06-24-2004, 08:21 PM   #3
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Thanks, I do Google a bit myself but I posted the question from a new users perspective in terms of how and why it was used. Sometimes a laymens explanation is easier to comprehend especially from a new users perspective. Keep up the good work.
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Well ... emacs is a very extensible editor, and people have done
so for quite a few years now. The result is that it can do pretty
much anything (I'm not sure it brews coffee).Some people joke
that emacs is a great operating system, but that it's a pity that
there's no decent editor for it.

Personally I use emacs where ever I can (no, not for mail or as
a news reader or browser) for editing purposes.

Vi ... vi just is. It's pretty much in every distro, even though
the flavours vary. One should learn the basics of vi for emergency
situations, some people even swear by it for everyday work.
Vim makes it vi a bit more bearable (if you're into that kind of
thing ;}) ...

Old 06-24-2004, 11:19 PM   #5
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i can try to say some of what emacs can do:

emacs can help you find the built in command you need by choices and autocomplete

emacs is a text editor that you make work however you want and is extreemly customizable
with features like search and replace text formatting spelling and the creation of macros
it works with multiple files at once and includes bookmarks and makes outlines

emacs has time and calander and a diary feature and a holiday list

emacs can daw with text

emacs can use regexps

emacs is a source code editor with syntax highlighting and formatting
for programming and markup languages and even some config file formats
that can run make and visit source code responsible for errors
and can do program version control using various version control systems

emacs is a file manager and directory browser and editor

emacs is a shell emulator

emacs is an interactive LISP environment

emacs is a text based www browser but not a great and does telnel and ange-ftp

emacs sends/reads emails and news

emacs plays some rather funny text games
ALT-x psychoanalyze-pinhead RETURN
stop it with Ctrl-c and read !

i'm sure there is lots more stuff i don't know about
Old 06-25-2004, 12:08 AM   #6
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type 'vimtutor' for a bit of good learning


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