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> VI: what's the big deal?
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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post Jun 13 2004, 05:19 PM
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Before you bash it, give it a shot: http://www.vi-improved.org/tutorial.php

Thanks, I'll check it out. As I say, it's not easy for a beginner, but obviously has it's strengths and I certainly want to learn more.
What's really good is that there are apps out there that make the Zaurus accessible for people like me who are not Linux professionals but still want to unleash some of the power of the device.
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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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