[TUHS] Good ol' ed (Was *ROFF)

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Wed May 16 00:37:52 AEST 2018


On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 08:17:38AM -0600, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> "Ron Natalie" <ron at ronnatalie.com> wrote:
> 
> > I never really learned VI.   I can stumbled through it in ex mode if I have
> > to.   If there's no EMACS on the UNIX system I'm using, I use ed.
> > You get real good at regular expressions.    Some of my employees were
> > pretty amazed at how fast I could make code changes with just ed.
> 
> I did learn vi, after having learned ed first.  I drop down to the ex
> command line for major regexp-based surgery too.  I also get the amazement
> from co-workers who watch me do stuff. :-)  This is particularly true
> of the, er, younger coworkers (kids today ... :-) who can't manage
> outside an IDE.

In fairness to them, I don't know how you learn the good stuff outside
of a terminal room.  I learned so much by watching the screen change
and going "WTF?  How did you do that?"

There is only so much you can stuff into a manual.
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