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When you phrase it as "which one is better" I cannot answer because I only have limited experience with emacs.Both are such powerful tools that you need a lot of ...
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    When you phrase it as "which one is better" I cannot answer because
    I only have limited experience with emacs.Both are such
    powerful tools that you need a lot of knowledge and experience
    before you can answer such a question with any amount of objectivity.

    As I've said in Moe's thread I'm concentrating on vi at the moment.
    I've used pico but it drove me crazy how many times I had
    to press buttons to move a long distance in the file.Or that I had to
    search visually for some expression instead of having the editor
    do it for me.I'm glad all that is behind me now.
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    You would not believe the sheer number of flame wars on this topic that I have dug up from the mid-90s and before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GNU_man
    they had different design goals.
    I don't believe vi was intended only for changes in small files.
    It was designed as a general purpose editor.Even for writing
    novels or large code.

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    vi....Death before dishonor...

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    For full blown editing while in xwindow, I prefer xemacs which is essentially a superset of emacs that is more user friendly.

    As I am visually impaired, when I don't have a lot of magnification I use a variation of emacs called emacspeak that integrates well with screen reading software and braillers.

    For many things vi can't be beat. It is small, reliable, and almost always available. I am so glad that a professor I had in 1990 forced everyone in the class to learn how to use it.

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    I've saved installations so many times with vi that I've just become loyal to it.
    I've tried most of the others, but always revert back to vi. In X, I'm likely to use Gedit or Kate.

    I think it comes down to what you get used to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan
    In X, I'm likely to use Gedit or Kate.
    When I run Gnome or KDE, I use these too, and they are very good, indeed. Lately however, I've been trying to get the job done without installing any Gnome/KDE libs on my box so I've started using Scite. It's really a great little text editor for X.

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    I've been using emacs since 1992, and (X)emacs since about 2000.
    I probably prfver (x)emacs because of emacs and vi, it was the first unix-based text editor I used.

    I am able to use vi if I need to.

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    looks like there is starting to be some emac love here...for some reason I seem to be more drawn to emacs, not sure why, may give both a try; however, I feel that I may have to get really deep into it to get anything out of it, maybe not...still unsure
    Operating System: GNU Emacs

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    printed out a pdf of an emacs manual, hmm it was 642 pages, of course the first 15 or so were gpl stuff...that seems to be alot for an editor when pico and nano work fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by genesus
    printed out a pdf of an emacs manual, hmm it was 642 pages, of course the first 15 or so were gpl stuff...that seems to be alot for an editor when pico and nano work fine
    ehh.. Wonder how many years at the university you need to learn emacs?

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