[TUHS] Remember the ed thread?

Andy Kosela akosela at andykosela.com
Tue Mar 30 01:45:50 AEST 2021

On Monday, March 29, 2021, Brantley Coile <brantley at coraid.com> wrote:
> From 1984, when I stopped using vi (vee eye), until the early 1990's, when
> I could use Sam, I used a slightly hacked version of ed. I added
> what the Labs called the "b" command. I had use some other character. Dennis
> Ritchie sent me a 8th Edition Unix manual, and I saw they had added almost
> the same thing and called the command by the second letter. Vi called
> it the last letter, "z."
> I've never found ed slows me down. Some things I would have used awk/sed
> for that I now use Sam's command window for, but that's a bad thing. I still
> use ed a lot along side Sam.

If ed(1) had cursor positioning and full screen capabilities along
with line oriented editing (similar to Atari 8-bit default editor) it
would be perfect.  I still love it though and use it pretty often.


More information about the TUHS mailing list