Emacs vs VI
Posted Nov 2, 2006 7:51 UTC (Thu) by ldo
Parent article: Pre-testing Emacs 22
When I first started using UNIX systems with some frequency (from 1985 onwards), I stuck with vi, because it was the only full-screen text editor that I could be pretty sure would be available on whatever UNIX system I might find myself on. I never liked it--not only did I not like the insert-versus-command-mode dichotomy, but it seems to be the only text editor that completely fails to grasp the concept that the insertion point lies between characters, not on a character.
Nowadays, it's a rare *nix system that doesn't include Emacs. So I've decided to learn it. Old habits die hard, but I feel I'm making progress. I was intrigued to read our esteemed Editor admitting that he still uses vi for editing system config files--I often do that too. But frankly I don't notice much difference in startup speed between the two. So I don't see any reason in principle not to use Emacs as root and for editing system configs.
Of course, when my fingers forget which one they're driving, much hilarity ensues... :)
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