[TUHS] basic tools / Universal Unix

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Wed Nov 1 13:23:24 AEST 2017

On Tue, 31 Oct 2017, Ronald Natalie wrote:

> I’m a bizarre UNIX relic.  I never learned vi.  I went from “ed” to the 
> various emacs variants (starting with Warren Montgomery’s EMACS, then 
> JOVE and UNIPRESS, and later GNU).  I used INed (a commercialization of 
> the Rand editor) but didn't particularly like that either.  My coworkers 
> for years would be amused when if I found the machine had no EMACS 
> variant, I’d just use ed.  I could be startlingly fast in ed and you do 
> learn regular expressions well if you have to do a lot of editing that 
> way.  On a few machines where I’m confronted with VI and no ed/emacs, I 
> just use VI in “ex” mode.

A previous boss insisted that all his support staff learn ED, because one 
day it might be the only editor available on a trashed box (you can't 
mount /usr etc).

Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."

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