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Re: Bug#8350: vi mode in ae doesn't work (with patch)

Dale Scheetz wrote:
> With reguard to making ae "look like" vi I have mixed feelings. For
> those familiar with unix and who know how to use vi (like myself)
> don't necessarily "want" all editors to behave that way. Personaly
> I prefer modeless opperations in an editor. I prefer "point and
> shoot" editing rather that keys to get into and out of the various
> edit modes available.
> Many new users of Debian and Linux would need to go get a book on vi
> to be able to use ae if that were it's default configuration.
> I guess I see no real advantage to the base disk configuration of
> ae being vi like. I am, however, willing to be convinced.
> What does the rest of the group think?

I absolutely agree that ae should continue to be modeless, and that 
this is the easyest mode for new users, but I was thinking of all 
those complaints about the missing of vi during installation.

I had a report from an italian friend who discarted debian because of
this (he didn't even run dselect :-)

My suggestion was to add an alias, a shell function or a small script
who maps the command "vi" to ae -f modevi.rc  so the command "ae" works
modeless, and "vi" works as vi .

It's a very little add to the base disks, but can give a better feeling
to all those vi-dependent (like me) that happen to be also "opinion

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