Debian vim weirdness
hans at fugal.net
Sat Feb 25 07:24:58 MST 2006
If you just want a quick command-line editor for quick tasks, Levi might
be right. If you've got the gumption to spare, though, do check out vim
or emacs. They both have tutorials that you can go through in a few
minutes and if you are paying close enough attention when you do you can
get a bit of a feel for it. Warning: both of them will seem really
wierd the first time through the tutorial, vim probably more so.
As for capabilities they can both do everything you want: line numbers
and searching. I don't use emacs much so I can't speak for startup time
vs. vim (that old behemoth argument doesn't hold nearly as much water
these days, but it might still hold some), but vim is quick enough.
For an amusing set of slides (toot toot) on why you want to learn vim or
emacs see my "You might be a Notepad (emacs) user if..." slides at
On Fri, 24 Feb 2006 at 22:51 -0700, Steve wrote:
> Ok, so /me puts on flame retardant suit...
> I use neither vim nor emacs, I've been pretty happy with nano thus far
> for text editing, but I think I would like more out of my editor.
> I am starting to get into shell scripting, as well as a few other
> kinds of scripting after spending a few years doing "real" programming
> in C/C++ etc.
> I really don't want a full fledged IDE since I have Kdevelop for that,
> but just something to quickly change a line or two in a script would
> be fantastic. Hopefully something that can show me line numbers like
> Kwrite, so I can quickly find and edit offending lines of code.
> I would just keep using Kwrite for this task, however the primary
> development environment is a gentoo server I'm connecting to via SSH,
> and I really don't want to emerge kde on this box, or for that matter
> anywindow manager.
> So for this set of tasks, what would be better VIM(and family) or emacs.
> Also where can I find a good tutorial for whichever one you think is
> best at aimed at a neophyte to the tool?
> On 2/24/06, Hans Fugal <hans at fugal.net> wrote:
> > Huh, I never knew this one existed. In the last year or so I've
> > gravitated toward vim in a terminal over gvim. In any case I've done
> > just fine with the vim-gtk or vim-ruby Debian packages for as long as I
> > can remember. I usually install vim-ruby (which includes gtk) with the
> > intent of eventually figuring out how to script vim with ruby. I have
> > yet to actually do this, or even to learn to script vim in any language
> > (aside from syntax files and colorschemes).
> > Come to think of it, I stopped using gvim about when they switched to
> > gtk2. There were some problems that I would hope have been resolved by
> > now. Plus about that time I got my iBook and gvim is not a first-class
> > osx app so I just stick with the terminal.
> > On Sat, 25 Feb 2006 at 03:34 +0000, Jason Holt wrote:
> > >
> > > If vim looks different for you debian users, it's because they apparently
> > > just made the "vim" package into some sort of stripped down version, while
> > > "vim-full" is the vim we've come to know and love (or hate). "apt-get
> > > install vim-full" fixed the problem for me.
> > >
> > > -J
> > >
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