Bug#3146: 1.1 installation: ae doesn't work
> Just for the record: Using ae on the installation disks is definitely
> _NOT_ a good idea! I tried to install a system using a serial console
> which does not have any supported function keys. Ergo you cant use
> ae. Let's stick with a standard unix editors like ed, ex or vi. They
> are difficult to use, agreed, but they work!
ae supports both modual (vi-like) and modeless (emacs-like) user
interfaces. The modual interface uses 'i' for insert, 'q' for quit,
etc. The modeless interface, as shipped with the upstream version of
ae, uses emacs-like keymappings (^C for quit-ask, ^K^C for quit).
The keymappings are defined in the setup file /etc/ae.rc. I was
asked to provide a setup file which would default the debian version
of ae to keymappings providing a function-key driven modeless interface,
and I did -- hence your problem.
1. leave debian ae as it is
2. change it to a modual interface (i=insert, q=quit, etc)
3. change it to the standard upstream modeless interface
(^r=read, ^w=write, ^c=quit-ask, ^k^c=quit, etc)
4. add a bail-out escape route to the existing modeless interface
(e.g., ^c^c to abort)
5. do something else entirely
Personally, I favor option 4. Comments?