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CoreyC
post Jun 13 2004, 03:50 PM
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For the diehard VI users:

I'm wondering how such a complex editor got so popular. Why do you use VI? People like to say that other editors like nano and pico tend to mess things up, but I find it much easier to mess something up using VI than using pico.

To me, trying to learn how to use VI is like playing a game that my 5 year old son made up. ZZ to save and exit? come on wink.gif

This should probably be in one of those flamewars posts biggrin.gif
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CoreyC   VI: what's the big deal?   Jun 13 2004, 03:50 PM
jdralphs   Amen! I've never been a VI fan, or even VIM for t...   Jun 13 2004, 03:53 PM
Ling   VI is one of those geek big penis deals. I learned...   Jun 13 2004, 04:17 PM
dmilligan   I use it every day at work. Its a tool. There ar...   Jun 13 2004, 04:48 PM
dh   I must say, I only had a very short experience wit...   Jun 13 2004, 04:56 PM
SmackMyBishop   VI isn't about ease of use, it's about productivit...   Jun 13 2004, 05:07 PM
zxerx   This thread sounds like a troll, but I'll bite. I'...   Jun 13 2004, 05:08 PM
Tehas   QUOTEbut when you only have a telnet session into ...   Jun 13 2004, 05:10 PM
dh   QUOTEBefore you bash it, give it a shot: http://ww...   Jun 13 2004, 05:19 PM
cane_cubo   In part this is one of those "how can possiblt lik...   Jun 13 2004, 05:32 PM
nevarrie   being an advanced user I have to say I love vi and...   Jun 13 2004, 05:36 PM
qx773   Before vi, there were line editors like ed and edi...   Jun 13 2004, 06:13 PM
cowcow   I've to agree the plain VI sux..however, VIM is di...   Jun 13 2004, 07:01 PM
sriley   You'll find vi (or a variant of it) on just about ...   Jun 13 2004, 08:36 PM
Anonymous   It took me about a week to start using VIM and bei...   Jun 13 2004, 11:34 PM
ScottYelich   vi has a small foot print and is ubiquitous ... du...   Jun 14 2004, 05:18 AM
raybert   Real programmers program with cat.   Jun 15 2004, 07:14 AM
datajerk   vi rocks for the following reasons: 1. Ubiquitou...   Jun 15 2004, 07:35 AM
Anonymous   I guess what most of you vi & vim bashers is m...   Jun 15 2004, 07:45 AM
padishah_emperor   I've used vi for so long I can't remember. But it...   Jun 15 2004, 07:54 AM
Anonymous   how do you wrap up a long line into a little nice ...   Jun 15 2004, 08:23 AM
pmf   QUOTEhow do you wrap up a long line into a little ...   Jun 15 2004, 08:53 AM
clivel   I used to think that Vi was the best thing since s...   Jun 15 2004, 01:38 PM
panyo   How do you set the delete key to work instead of s...   Jun 15 2004, 02:24 PM
Anonymous   QUOTEI used to think that Vi was the best thing si...   Jun 15 2004, 03:34 PM
Anonymous   To each their own. I've gone through a lot of edi...   Jun 15 2004, 05:15 PM
Tehas   Just today, a friend sent me a link to this... vi...   Jun 15 2004, 06:05 PM
nevarrie   QUOTEHowever, I can only assume that the current d...   Jun 15 2004, 07:33 PM
padishah_emperor   Vi vs. Emacs? Flame Wars: Episode IV? Personally,...   Jun 16 2004, 06:14 AM
lucho   The biggest advantage of vi is that it is availabl...   Jun 16 2004, 06:28 AM
raybert   QUOTEcopy the word "The"  with three keystrok...   Jun 16 2004, 06:52 AM
bluey   QUOTE(...)it was the only game in town(...) This ...   Jun 16 2004, 07:53 AM
datajerk   Another reason to learn vi is that you can use it ...   Jun 16 2004, 07:58 AM
bluedevils   agreed. VI is the basic editor for unix/linux. O...   Jun 16 2004, 08:06 AM
bredroll   i would say folks, (speaking from non-pda vi use) ...   Jun 24 2004, 01:01 PM
lucho   Sometimes the system is so broken that even vi doe...   Jun 24 2004, 01:30 PM


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