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Old 11-10-2004, 10:36 AM   #1
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Why does everyone think VI is so great. What can it do that pico can't?
I can't see why everyone loves it so much :-D
Old 11-10-2004, 10:52 AM   #2
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I've used pico and liked it. I've used vi and preferred it. Whatever you like is the best for you. Vi has a lot of features I like but I bet pico has equivalent features but I don't want to take the time to learn them

Old 11-10-2004, 11:18 AM   #3
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I've used pico a bit, but I am by no means an expert, but from what little I used it, it seemed like it was mainly meant as a simple text editor. VIM has way more features from what I have seen. With VIM you can have syntax highlighting, which I haven't ever seen in Pico, though it may very well have it. You can also build code directly from vim using :make and if there are compiler errors, it will open up the appropriate file at the location of the error. And you can move to various errors using :cn and :cp...

Take a look at the VIM quick reference card and I bet you will find a bunch of stuff that Pico isn't capable of. Some things in particular that I find useful are in the following sections of the quick reference card (which I have printed out and pinned up by my desk) :
  • Marks and motions
  • Scrolling and multiwindowing
  • Visual mode
  • Miscellaneous

Edit: To get some default behaviors for vim (like the syntax highlighting mentioned above) you can copy the vimrc_example.vim script into your ~ directory as ~/.vimrc. That file is usually located somewhere like /usr/share/vim/vim63...

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