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Old 08-23-2006, 03:10 AM   #1
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Emacs or vi

although if i am stuck with either of them, i can do the job, but i very frankly am not comfortable with either, though i have used vi a bit. I am confused as to which text editor should i be using from now on, i am leaning more towards emacs, but i wanna know what do u guys say. So much to the famous text editor war.
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Depends. VIM is portable because it is very lightweight and used in variety of distributions. Emacs is a heavy weight compared to VIM, but it has a lot of uses and tools to make it very robust for several environments.
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with the increasing hardware capabilities,expanding memory everywhere and increased connectivity, i do not see much problem in using emacs. How many of u think one should be equipped to handle both of them well, because either of them does not have an easy learning curve.
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oh well,
suppose you crashed your system and boot into rescue mode, you will have only vi with you, atleast in RedHat.
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u,re right, and that's why i asked the question, to know what would be better.
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Crontab, etc., also use vi syntax
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Just learn the basics of both and then stick with the one you like. VI/M and EMACS syntax is seen in a lot of Linux/Unix tools, so I don't think knowing just one of them is an option.


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