We already picked one for you.|
if you're a serious Unix weenie, you'll probably hate it. However, since you're
such a data stud, we figure you already know how to change your default editor.
So, for everyone else, we chose the easiest editor we know of, proven to generate
the smallest number of user complaints. It's called pico
it comes with the mail reader/poster pine.
course, we have to have other editors or we'd be facing mobs of angry users
gathering in our parking lot, waving torches and pitchforks. We currently support
vi (or, rather, two mutant forms of vi, called nvi and elvis), as well as emacs
favorite editor for new users, because it is absurdly easy and the commands
are always listed at the bottom of your screen.
for 'visual interface' to ex, which was the really new and crufty editor for
Unix, as opposed to vi, which, by comparison, is new and modern and shiny.
It is the epitome of naming commands for famous letters and numbers, most of
which are hard to remember and look like: "cy`x". The most important information
we can give you about vi is how to exit it without having to shoot your terminal:
command "vi" actually calls up nvi,
a somewhat-improved version of vi. However, we also support elvis,
is a differently- improved vi. Which is better? It depends. Some of the more
advanced features of the original vi are better supported by nvi, and nvi also
does file recovery the same way as the original. But elvis may work better
if your terminal emulation is VT100 or similar. To try it, just type
an editor! No, it's an operating system! In addition to being an editor, emacs
can be used to read news (gnus.el), connect to MOOs and MUDs (mud.el), perform
floating point arithmatic (float.el) and recycle used coffee grounds (recycle.el).
With a built-in LISP interpreter, it is configurable and programmable to the
point that it can, for instance, be used to emulate vi (vi.el). Like many Unix
programs, emacs is a religion and a way of life.
the most important information we can give you is how to get out. Type: -X
-C. Also, for some twisted reason, emacs responds only to ^? as a delete
character; ^H gets you help, of a sort.
editor highly reminiscent of WordStar.