[Beowulf] EMACS vs VI

Steve Crusan scrusan at ur.rochester.edu
Thu Feb 17 14:40:24 PST 2011

On 2/17/11 5:27 PM, "Ellis H. Wilson III" <ellis at runnersroll.com> wrote:

> On 02/17/11 14:52, Robert G. Brown wrote:
>> Now, after mutilating THAT metaphor, back to work...;-)
> I've been waiting on the absurd metaphors to come out ;).  I think my
> favorite of all time (granted it's not really a metaphor, but
> nonetheless) is something about sacrificing a goat over the computer to
> get vi to work.  I'll have to go through the archives at some point to
> find that little gem.
> I have to say however I am certainly in support of vi(m), and it's not
> for historical reasons - I think I might have just barely nicked the 90s
> for seeing a command line for the first time as we didn't have a
> computer in my house growing up until 95.  When I started running a Real
> Operating System (tm) in 2003/2004 I bounced around a bit but ultimately
> settled with vim.  I did destroy a series of important documents on my
> way to understanding it and subsequently realizing there was a tutorial
> built into the program.  Speaking of undo, that was one "feature" I only
> stumbled on some 2 or 3 years after beginning with vim, :).
> Anyhow, what this thread originally should have linked to is:
> "9 traits of the annual Beowulf List editor wars"
> Now that would be an interesting read!

That is a drinking game in itself.

A) 1 shots: if you've destroyed something important because of a wrong vi(m)

B) 2 shots: if you've been using vi(m) since the 80's, and it took 10+ years
to discover a standard feature

C) 3 shot: there's a vim tutorial?

> ellis
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Steve Crusan
System Administrator
Center for Research Computing
University of Rochester

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