[TUHS] Old screen editors

Tom Lyon pugs at ieee.org
Wed Mar 30 10:22:00 AEST 2022

Yes, awful terminals demand different editors.

At Amdahl, we had nothing but 3270s for the mainframe UNIX.
Dan Walsh wrote an editor - "ned" - which allowed full screen editing. It
was actually quite nice, considering. It allowed any "ed" commands in a
command line, but ISPF-like block editing elsewhere.

I wrote the 3270 driver which allowed "almost" full duplex interaction with

On Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 2:47 PM Ron Natalie <ron at ronnatalie.com> wrote:

> Was it one of the awful Pukin-Elmer terminals.  I hated those things.
> Then there was the Rand/Interactive Systems INed.   We were stuck using
> that when I worked for Martin.
> I never learned vi.   If there is no EMACS-like thing on the machine,
> then I just use ed (sometimes I can get by with ex/vi in line mode).
> The funniest editor story I have is one day I'm working at Martin.
> Having actually heard of UNIX before (let alone having done kernel and
> other work) I was sort of the in house expert.   One day one of my
> coworkers calls out to me:
> "What's all this Bell System crud in the editor?"
> I'm thinking, well, it's all Bell System crud.   What specifically are
> we talking about.   I walk around to see his terminal and find he has
> been typing 1 repeatedly to the shell prompt invoking our /usr/bin/1
> that said "One Bell System, It Works."
> After that I modded the program to say "You're not in the editor,
> Bernie."
> It was almost as much fun as putting "You might have mail." in motd.
> ------ Original Message ------
> From: "Steve Simon" <steve at quintile.net>
> To: tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org
> Sent: 3/29/2022 3:09:52 PM
> Subject: Re: [TUHS] Old screen editors
> >
> >I never really used it but i do remember an editor called le on the v7
> interdata/Perkin Elmer i used at Leeds poly.
> >
> >I read electronics and we  all used vi, the computer science people at a
> different campus used le on their Interdata; no idea why.
> >
> >anyone any background on le? ihave not seen sight nor sound of it since.
> >
> >-Steve
> >

- Tom
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