Emile van Sebille emile at
Thu Jun 14 00:33:24 EDT 2001

I always liked the description that vi has two modes:  one beeps at you, and
the other destroys your file.  ;-)

Actually, I use it daily.  I'd just prefer something (oh, ok, _anything_)


Emile van Sebille
emile at

"William Park" <opengeometry at> wrote in message
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> On Wed, Jun 13, 2001 at 11:28:55AM +0000, Pilgrim wrote:
> > Can someone tell me what "vi" is for a text editor to work with python?
> My goodness, how do we answer this.  'vi' is visual screen editor which
> superseded a line editor called 'ed'.  There are many flavours, but
> 'vim' is the best.
> The main distinquishing features for beginners are that 'vi' has many
> command modes, so that keys do different things depending on which mode
> you are in.  In "insert" mode, you type as normally; in "command" mode,
> you move about using normal ASCII keystrokes; so on.  ESC/Ctrl keys are
> used only in special cases.
> In comparison, other editors are always in "insert" mode, so that you
> have to press ESC- or Ctrl- key sequences for editing commands since
> normal ASCII keys simply go into the file.
> > Where can I get this?
> <>
> --
> William Park, Open Geometry Consulting, <opengeometry at>
> 8 CPUs cluster, (Slackware) Linux, Python, LaTeX, Vim, Mutt, Sc.

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