[sf-lug] FWIW and :r! dig -t ns sf-lug.com
asheesh at asheesh.org
Wed Oct 24 19:26:46 PDT 2007
On Wed, 24 Oct 2007, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> In other words, the power of vi is that it lets you solve really deep
> problems when all of the GNOME programs are just too locked up to solve the
> problems. The other thing that is powerful about vi is that it is useful
> with all or nearly all Linux programs. Once you learn it, you don't have to
> worry about what you are going to do if your X quits or locks.
> Learning vi is really hard, though. I tried a little bit, and it really
> kicked my ass. heh.
The first time I ran vi, I couldn't figure out how to quit. So I
rebooted. (I'm not joking.)
I recommend nano for general text editing - it has syntax highlighting and
search and replace (with regular expressions, if you're into those) - but
it also always gives you context-sensitive help at the bottom of the
screen so that you know what you can do. That way, you can never forget
how to use it - you just end up using it slower while you look through the
Just be *sure* to disable word-wrap mode when you run it if editing config
files. That's "nano -w".
vi does have a geek machoness associated with it, but I get enough geek
machoness from other parts of my life. (-;
character density, n.:
The number of very weird people in the office.
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