The question of moving vi to /bin
John L. Templer
green_tiger at comcast.net
Fri Jun 26 01:23:14 UTC 2009
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perryh at pluto.rain.com wrote:
>> ed is an interactive program, and it has always been considered as
>> such, at least since BSD 4.2. Way back then there were three main
>> editors, ex, vi, and ed.
> ed goes back at least as far as the Bell Labs 6th Edition (PDP-11),
> where it was the only editor in the distribution. ex and vi (and
> termcap, without which there would be no vi) were written later, at
> UC Berkeley.
>> If you had a nice video terminal then you used vi. But if you
>> were stuck using a hard copy terminal like a Decwriter, then you
>> used ex. And ed was the simplified (dumbed down) editor for
> More like, ed was the "original" Unix editor; ex and vi presumably
> were inspired, at least in part, by a desire to improve on ed's
> limitations. I doubt I'm the only one who muttered about the bother
> of horsing around with ed, back when there was nothing else.
Ah, I didn't know that. When I started using Unix (on a BSD 4.2 system)
vi was the editor of choice. It wasn't until much later that I learned
about the ATT side of Unix.
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