[TUHS] Old screen editors

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Wed Mar 30 00:35:08 AEST 2022

Cool! I bet this was it! It was on a System 4 system.

The commands were entered at the top of the screen. I remember almost
nothing else about it.

Is there any chance you still have the source?



Andrew Hume <andrew at humeweb.com> wrote:

> se?
> this may be a consequence for using such a bland name for a screen editor,
> but i wrote a screen editor called ’se’ in 1981-83, just after we had moved
> from piscataway to murray hill.
> it was part of an effort to do office automation style products for Unix,
> and came in around the time Unix transitioned from System III through
> System 4 through the early days of System V.
> my se was not very good, but i did have denis ritchie as an early tester.
> > On Mar 29, 2022, at 6:45 AM, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
> > 
> > Arnold, I agree, I do remember seeing it on what I think was the PWB 4.0 tape.  IMHO: it was before cshell, termcap, vi et al was released inside of the rest of the Bell System and there seemed to be sometimes "SW from BSD be bad/crude" 'tude.  IIRC ber and mmp must have had it running on the Marx's brothers systems in Whippany.  But he had vi, so I personally never used it.
> > 
> > @Mary Ann - this would have been around the time you were in Columbus and starting the terminfo work.  Do you have any memories?
> > 
> > On Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 5:29 AM <arnold at skeeve.com <mailto:arnold at skeeve.com>> wrote:
> > Did anyone within the Bell System ever use a screen editor called 'se'?
> > (NOT related to the Georgia Tech se editor [se-editor.org <http://se-editor.org/>]).
> > 
> > I used this on a USG UNIX 4.0 system ~ 1982 when I did some contract
> > programming at Southern Bell.  I think it was originally written for
> > the Vax but it had been squeezed to run on a PDP-11/70 also.
> > 
> > I've mentioned this in the past, but it seems to been covered over
> > by the sands of time, and that nobody else ever used it.
> > 
> > Arnold

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