23 Aug '13, 1pm

Use mvim to edit your commit messages, SQL queries, shell prompts, and emails.

August 23, 2013 lolconomy unix history env environment variable editor visual ed ex vi vim folklore Do you want to use mvim to edit your commit messages, SQL interactions, command-line prompts, and emails, but can’t seem to get it working? To understand why, and to understand the fix, we first need a bit of history… In the beginning was the terminal. It was simple, slow, and line-oriented, and so the text editor had to compensate for that. What we now think of as a text editor surely couldn’t work on a 80x25, capital letters only, one line at a time display—and those fancy features were available if you were rich! Ken Thompson gave us, the collective hivemind of programmers across the world, ed(1) (short for “editor”). It worked on all sorts of terminals, no matter what bizarre state they were in, and allowed for efficient text editing. Moving forward a bit we got ex(1) th...

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