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Re: [SLE] early vi -- ed -- edlin
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 17:59:26 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <4374DBF6.7080000@xxxxxxxxxx>
Jos van Kan wrote:
> Lonn Dugan wrote:
>> Since earliest days of Unix -- vi was/is a screen editor; ed, a line at a
>> time tool. (see edlin in earliest PC DOS) Wouldn't you love to have
>> earliest
>> edition of Brian W. Kernighan/Rob Pike "The Unix Programming
>> Environment" or
>> Brian W. Kernighan/Dennis M. Ritchie "The C Programming Language"
>>
>
> Holy mackerel! Don't you ever compare ed (a line editor that could
> basically do everything except making coffee) with edlin (a line editor
> that could basically do nothing).
>
> Ed was designed with a teletype in mind (the pre-crt stage of computing)
> edlin was designed without anything in mind. Editing with edlin was
> editing with both hands tied behind your back and you had to type with
> your nose.

The line editor (Ed?) included with Pr1me computers was worse than
Edlin. I have never seen an editor as bad as that one.

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