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Re: Line editors

On Sun, Nov 02, 2003 at 10:22:24AM +0800, csj wrote:
} On Sat, 1 Nov 2003 17:13:01 +0000,
} Pigeon wrote:
} [...]
} > ed is /bin/ed - the *nix equivalent of Edlin... I use it for
} > simple/repetitive edits (like sticking "> " at the beginning of
} > each line of something I'm going to quote) and/or where I don't
} > want to lose the context of what I'm working on by wiping out
} > the contents of the screen opening a full screen editor.
} Sometimes I find sed to be much handier than ed.  One thing I
} miss in ed is my shell's history function.  If I have to operate
} on multiple lines I tend to use "sed 's|xxx|yyy| ... ;
} s|XXX|YYY|' file.txt".  If I mistype "s|xxy" instead of "s|xxx",
} I can just Ctrl-P and (re)edit my last command.
} Sed is of course a stream editor.  So I'm just wondering if
} anybody knows of a line editor with a multiline history function.

Look into rlwrap, which wraps pretty much anything with libreadline
functionality. Very cool. It's even smart enough to echo **** on password
prompts; I mostly use it with xboard on FICS.


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