Alternative Editors (was Re: Debian vim weirdness)
ross at indessed.com
Sat Feb 25 23:21:06 MST 2006
On Fri, 24 Feb 2006 23:48:02 -0700, Levi Pearson <levi at cold.org> wrote:
> You know, as passionate as people tend to be about vim and emacs, if
> you're not looking to invest a lot of time and effort learning a complex
> editor, sometimes simpler alternatives are better.
I'd also recommend going with something simple if you're just editing a
few text files here and there. Out of curiousity, what's wrong with nano
for this purpose?
If you do want something more robust, as far as emacs vs. vi, here's my
Emacs tends to have the "kitchen sink" philosophy, and as such has
considerably more plugins and features than are available for vim. Vim on
the other hand is smaller and more standard of an install across distros.
I find that vi is faster if you're not typing most of the time--i.e. if
you spend most of your time in a text file searching, replacing, changing
text, or doing repetitive tasks, vi will be your best bet.
Also, emacs tends to be easier starting out but harder to learn in the end
because it doesn't force you to so much like vi does. You can get by in
emacs knowing only a dozen commands with no problems, and then learn
others as curiosity drives you to it. With vi, you'll be severely
uncomfortable knowing only a dozen commands, and that will force you up
that learning curve. Whether this is a bug or a feature is left up to the
imagination of the reader. :)
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