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Re: default editor



Alan Shutko wrote:

> Will Yardley <you@aredumb.com> writes:
> 
> > Alan Shutko <ats@acm.org>:
> >
> >> Some programs use VISUAL, some EDITOR, some both... the distinction
> >> between them has long been lost.
> >
> > Perhaps, but EDITOR is supposed to be your line editor, and VISUAL your
> > full screen editor, or at least that's what I've always been told.
> 
> Sure.  But that distinction hasn't really been meaningful for at
> least a decade, and people writing programs these days don't
> necessarily follow it.

And by way of illustrating just how worthless the distinction is these
days... when was the last time you actually used a line editor
interactively?

Craig

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