The question of moving vi to /bin

Erich Dollansky erich at
Fri Jun 26 01:50:44 UTC 2009


On 26 June 2009 am 09:06:49 Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 08:20:19 +0800, Erich Dollansky 
<erich at> wrote:
> >On 25 June 2009 pm 19:13:14 Konrad Heuer wrote:
> >> Maybe you're right, maybe not.
> >>
> >> 20 years ago, I've written and edited voluminous fortran
> >> code on a silly rs232 terminal using ed. So, it is possible,
> >> and one
> >
> > I do not believe you. This must have been 30 years back.
> As far as 16 years back, VT220/VT320 terminals were in wide use
> in universities.  Some of us learned our first regexp stuff by

not only there, but ed was not the editor of choice even those 
days anymore.

> reading the source of ed(1) and typing small programs in those
> terminals.  vi(1) was available for a long time before 1993,
> but this doesn't mean other editors had died out by then :)

If I remember right, I used something like ed only in the 

A collegue programmed then even a WordStar clone for RSX to have a 
nice editor.

Of course, only for VT-100 Terminals.


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