[Beowulf] [OT] EMACS vs VI

"C. Bergström" cbergstrom at pathscale.com
Thu Feb 17 07:44:14 PST 2011

Bob Drzyzgula wrote:
> There's a saying among photographers that the best camera
> is the one you have with you. I think a similar argument
> can be made for editors -- the best editor is the one
> you know how to use.
> While I am firmly in the vi camp -- the only emacs
> command I ever really managed to learn was ^X^C -- there
> are historical reasons for this.  I learned Unix on a
> standalone system (a Sun 2/120 with SunOS 1.1) without
> any access to the Internet, and vi was the only editor
> available on a stock install of that system that was worth
> learning. By the time I had access to emacs a lot of my
> vi knowledge had kind of moved into my brain stem.
> While I tried to learn emacs a couple of times, it just
> seemed like it took forever for the thing to load.
fwiw some people still *really* care about emacs performance even on 
modern hw.  We (PathScale) have a few vocal users and plan to spin some 
cycles to speed it up a bit.  (If you're interested to help test/give 
feedback ping me off list.)

+1 vim


/me takes 2 shots

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