Linked by Gabe Yoder on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:51 UTC
FreeBSD We've all heard the age old argument second only to the vi vs. emacs religious wars: FreeBSD Vs Linux. As a long time linux user, I decided that is was time I spent some time on the other side of the fence to see if it was any greener. Oh, and by the way, vi rules.
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RE: editor
by D'Arcy on Wed 12th Nov 2003 15:03 UTC

OK I have to add my two cents. I have a hard time believing people can be saying that pico/nano is a better choice of editors. Myself I'm a vim bigot, though I can respect the emacs user, can't understand 'em, but can respect them. When I started in *nix I used pico, but then thankfully had someone slapping my hand till I learned vi (well vim really). Seriously, vi is not hard to understand, just remember i to insert, esc to get out of insert, and :wq to write and quit, :q! to quit without saving changes. Not hard. If you're still confused, try vimtutor, worked for me.

I work in Linux-based tech support, and I can tell you one reason people miff up their servers is by using pico on a config file, without using the -w option. Consequently they get word wrap and now the service doesn't work. Using vi will not give you this problem. Plus, I rather like having color syntax highlighting and auto indentation (vim).

Anyway, just my opinion, take it or leave it, I'm sure plenty of intelligent people out there use pico and such, I just really can't comprehend why.