Teco commands were described as being 'indistinguishable from line noise.'   On 10/30/120 cps dial up lines, that was not always a good thing ;-)

One of my favorite stories of teco years ago, one of my friends was editing a teco macro and had gotten up from his terminal for a minute, his wife looked at the screen and asked him if his 2 year old has been attacking the keyboard again.


BTW:   My friend and former co-worker, Paul Cantrell wrote an excellent teco implemnentation for UNIX.   I believe if you go to his web site (copters.com) and poke around its available for download.

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 11:23 AM, Arthur Krewat <krewat@kilonet.net> wrote:
Ah, a later reply pointed out the minimalist thing. never mind ;)

On 11/15/2017 11:13 AM, Arthur Krewat wrote:
I still don't get what was so bad about TECO.

<20 lines of text>
*fs<text to search for>$<text to replace it with>$$
*0lt$$ ; type current line to review what you've changed.

Very simple.


replace all occurrences of textsearch.

Now, of course, searching for something like a regular expression was much harder.

Q-registers, all sorts of cool stuff.

But then, maybe I'm talking about a later version of TECO than you all. I think I was on version 22 on TOPS-10 6.03A

On 11/14/2017 10:07 PM, Will Senn wrote:
I wasn't going to say it earlier, but now that you've said something about it... I was thinking, thank god, ed isn't teco! :).

On 11/14/17 8:37 PM, Warner Losh wrote:
It took me a while to realize that ed(1) is what TECO should have been.... Too much TECO trauma scared me away for far too long.... But maybe it was all the TECO macros I wrote to make the BH100 terminal useful as an editor in full screen mode....


On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 7:16 PM, Larry McVoy <lm@mcvoy.com> wrote:
+1.  Anyone who gets this is someone I'd work with.

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 08:10:41PM -0600, Will Senn wrote:
> On 11/14/17 7:25 PM, Nemo wrote:
> >On 31/10/2017, Dave Horsfall <dave@horsfall.org> wrote:
> >>A previous boss insisted that all his support staff learn ED, because one
> >>day it might be the only editor available on a trashed box (you can't
> >>mount /usr etc).
> >ed man; man ed
> >
> >https://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/ed-msg.html (Sorry -- could not resist)
> >
> >N.
> For all that it's the butt of jokes, ed is awesome. I didn't really
> appreciate it until vi wasn't an easy goto option anymore (v6). After
> reading Kernighan's tutorial, I kind of fell in love with it. g/re/p? Who'd
> of thunk it? ed may not be 'visual', but the entire document is editable and
> its support of regex and the global command are incredibly powerful.
> Especially, for so incredibly tiny an editor. Finally, ed is the sibling of
> sed and once I got the connection there, it opened up a whole new world of
> editing awesomeness.
> Will
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