[linux-elitists] Re: vi and Emacs

Jim Thompson jim@netgate.com
Tue Jan 13 12:11:54 PST 2004

Greg Folkert writes:
> On Tue, 2004-01-13 at 14:09, Jim Thompson wrote:
> > Jeremy Hankins writes:
> > 
> > > I started using emacs for gnus, and since then I've found a few other
> > > things I like emacs for.  But if I'd been forced to use it for editing
> > > documents I'd never have touched it -- "stock vi" or no.  So I have to
> > > agree with Aaron; calling emacs an editor is misleading.  Rather like
> > > calling Gnome a window manager, actually.  ;)
> > 
> > In my 20+ years of experience, people who don't grok lisp won't like
> > emacs.  Period.
> And those that have to hand edit streamed files ... one great big long
> line with no breaks, form feed or carriage returns ... tend to prefer
> something else entirely, being that none of these: vi, jed, joe, gedit,
> elvis, emacs, xemacs, word, notepad, edit, e, ed, edlin ... etc can
> handle it either.

This is not even remotely true.  22MB isn't even getting started for

> Only thing that handled a 22MB streamed file with precision and a
> somewhat clunky interface: vim in hexadecimal editor mode.
> So there it is the Winner: vim


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			-- Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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