[TUHS] Old screen editors

Charles H Sauer (he/him) sauer at technologists.com
Tue Mar 29 10:53:54 AEST 2022

Aaah, just what we need, an editor discussion.

My first hands on experience was with PC/IX on an XT. ISC provided INed, 
which I was told was based on the Rand Editor. INed was a gentle 
transition from using XEDIT on VM/370, so I was comfortable with INed.

But one of my Unix mentors persuaded me to use vi, and that has been my 
preferred editor since roughly 1985, assuming you count Vim as vi, since 
I mostly use Vim on Linux, Windows and macOS, only occasionally using 
real vi.


On 3/28/2022 7:31 PM, Lawrence Stewart wrote:
> At the Stanford Information Systems Lab while I was there 1976-81, we had a series of PDP-11s. The first one I remember was an 11/34 running V6 and later V7.  It was later upgraded to, I think a /45 and finally a /70.
> At first everyone used ed, then Prof. John Gill hacked it to add a command, I think ‘%’ that was the equivalent of .-10,.+10p which on our 9600 baud Hazeltine’s was a glimpse of the future.
> At some point we got ex/vi, but before that we got the “Rand Editor” re, which was a perfectly
> functional screen editor, if you squinted a bit.
> Does anyone here know the place of re in the history?
> Later, Gill went off for a sabbatical at Yorktown Heights and came back to complain about having
> to use SOS on the mainframe.  He reported, however, that global search and replace was very fast.
> -L
> Also a few years later I got Dave Conroy’s version of microemacs.  I complained about the key bindings and he told me to use the “change configuration” command, or cc.

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