text editor

Murray Taylor MTaylor at bytecraft.com.au
Tue Jun 1 05:58:45 UTC 2010

Hmmm.... I have successfully run vi from a partition on 
a 32M flash card in 32M of RAM

The RAM also had memory disks for /var and /tmp.

The entire system was dynamically linked so a lot of 
space was saved by that build technique

The box was an embedded system running SNMP, gsmsmd and a few
oter thing as a real time network monitor for the Melbourne 2006
Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games a year or so later in Doha, Qatar

the box (still) runs on FreeBSD 4  and was built this way

the author did also make similar builds available for FreeBSD 5 and 6

NOTE all these have been replaced by nanobsd, but the techniques are
still useful, especially if you are pushed for space.

Murray Taylor
Bytecraft Systems
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org] On Behalf Of Giorgos
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 3:48 AM
To: Robert Bonomi
Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: text editor

On Mon, 31 May 2010 11:36:53 -0500 (CDT), Robert Bonomi
<bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com> wrote:
>Giorgos Keramidas <keramida at ceid.upatras.gr> wrote:
>> Vim is much smaller than Emacs but it still a few MB's here:
>>   keramida at kobe:/usr/ports/packages/All$ ls -ld vim*
>>   -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  - 5757731  1 =CE=91=CF=80=CF=81 17:11
> Yeah, but EMACS is (currently) reputed to stand for <E>ighty
> <M>egabytes <A>nd <C>onstantly <S>wapping!  *GRIN*

That's an old joke, but it's not particularly good anymore.

The smallest laptop-size 2.5" SATA disk I have at home can hold
more than 80 GB of data.  The size of a program is now a limiting
factor only if you are working with embedded applications.

Normal, every-day computers have enough disk space to hold tens
of thousands of full Emacs installations even without any sort of
compression :-)
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