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    Emacs vs. Vi[m]?


    Vi[m] or Emacs?

    I searched to see if this has been covered before I couldn't find what I was looking for so I thought, what the hell I'll just ask. Recently in the Coffee Lounge techieMoe was covering learning vi[m] and I was wondering of the two powerful editors which you guys and gals think is better, and why? I generally have used pico and nano; however, I would like to learn one of these two and would like to know pros and cons of each. I've been looking at the topic for awhile on the net, but would like some more personal experiences.

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    vi/m all the way baby...

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    Apples & oranges IMO - they had different design goals. If you are writing a novel or a large amout of source code, Emacs. If you want tweak a config file or are making a quick change in recovery mode, vi.
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    I have never used Emacs. But as GNU_man said, for editing config files, vi is better.
    And that is what I use text editors for.
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    I have not tried emacs in text-mode, but however I have used it in graphical, in addition to xemacs and xemacs-gtk. So I guess than I'll have to vote vim, not that good in it but it works...

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    its looking like vi is the one to try so far...seems to almost be unanimous. Thank for putting the difference so succinctly Gnu_man. 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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    For any of you wanting to try vim, you can play with an easy-to-use tutorial by simply typing the command vimtutor at the command line once you have vim installed.

    ...and the here's another tutorial that some might like better:

    http://www.vi-improved.org/tutorial.php

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    Vi's nice and simpile for doing simple stuff outside of X. I like to use Kate in X.

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    I don't use either.

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    I'm used to nano myself, had always used pico before my first gentoo install though. They both seem much simpler than vi and emacs; however, after reading about them they do seem very powerful...still considering...
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