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Bug#432298: RFH: elvis

Package: wnpp
Severity: normal


The editor "elvis" is a vi clone that has almost (see below) all
features that one would nowadays demand of a vi-like editor. It is
also significantly "lighter" than the popular "vim" editor.

	-rwxr-xr-x root root  451796 2006-10-11 08:13 /usr/bin/elvis
	-rwxr-xr-x root root  990256 2007-01-31 23:54 /usr/bin/vim.tiny
	-rwxr-xr-x root root 1383816 2007-01-31 23:55 /usr/bin/vim.basic	

Note that elvis has syntax highlighting and other features which have
been left out of vim.tiny in order to make the latter "lighter" so
this "measurement" does not present all of elvis' advantages over

	* the editor has been abandoned upstream since about March 2004.
	* the package currently has only an incomplete implementation
	  of support for multi-byte characters; (see #392727).
	* supporting UTF-8 is a good release goal for lenny. If I am not
	  able to solve #392727 I will consider asking for the removal of
	  "elvis" from lenny.

Hence, this request for help from anyone who has converted a text
manipulation programme (editor!) from pre-UTF-8 single-byte systems to
wide characters.



-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (990, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-4-686
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

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