text editor

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Wed Jun 2 12:54:33 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 at 01:33:44PM +0200, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> The ed(1) is *extremely* useful when it comes to editing text files on
> the fly in shell scripts (i.e. without user interaction).

This is why I don't consider ed the kind of abomination that edlin was;
it exists within a stronger command toolset so that it can actually be
put to good use.  Plus, y'know, there are also other editors available in
Unix systems these days, so I have something other than just ed available
for interactive editing.  When edlin was all I had available, and it was
stuck in the DOS world where there was nothing like a Unix shell to make
reasonable use of it, it was nothing but frustration.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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