The question of moving vi to /bin
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Wed Jun 24 14:19:26 UTC 2009
2009/6/24 cpghost <cpghost at cordula.ws>:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 06:13:49AM -0700, b. f. wrote:
>> > On Tuesday 23 June 2009 15:41:48 Manish Jain wrote:
>> >About ed first. I might annoy a few people (which would gladden me in
>> >this particular case), but ed was just one of Ken Thompson's nightmares
>> >which he managed to reproduce in Unix with great precision. By no
>> >stretch of imagination would it qualify as an editor, because an editor
>> >can meaningfully edit only what it can first show. And ed has never had
>> >anything to show. A modern operating system like FreeBSD should really
>> >be kicking ed out of the distribution completely : bad ideas don't have
>> >to be necessarily perpetuated just for the sake of compliance with the
>> >original concept of Unix.
>> If you want to make a case for replacing ed(1), you're going to have
>> to come up with some concrete reasons for doing so, not just make a
>> (long and hyperbolic) statement that you don't like it.
> Please don't touch/remove ed(1)!
> * It's still very useful on non-curses/termcap capable terminals
> like raw serial lines etc.
> * It's also very useful in batch/script mode, as there are some
> multi-line text processing problems that you can't tackle with
> sed(1) alone, and where awk(1) or even perl, python etc.. are
I may be mistaken, but isn't ed required for POSIX compliance?
A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
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