[TUHS] emacs

Rob Pike robpike at gmail.com
Fri Aug 4 10:27:52 AEST 2023

There was a guy in production at Google using Unix TECO as his main editor
when I joined in 2002. He was astonished that I recognized it, but I had
used TECO in the early 1970s and, although I had no desire to return to it,
I did know it well enough to exclaim its presence when watching over his

So yes, apologies for not remembering his name, but it was at least one
person's default editor.


On Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 10:19 AM Adam Thornton <athornton at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are certainly teco implementations for Unix, although I don't know
> if it was ever anyone's default editor anywhere.  Indeed, there are
> multiple implementations: I switched from a C teco implementation to pyteco
> in the Rubin Science Platform JupyterLab implementation (its utility is of
> course dubious, but this is part of both my nefarious plan to make Jupyter
> not merely mean "Julia, Python, and R", but to use that "e" -- and
> reassociate it with the "t" -- by making it mean "Julia, Python, Teco, and
> R", and also to include an easter egg for a fellow project member who is a
> teco fan).
> The first Emacs I used was GNU emacs at already version...16 or
> something?  In 1989, on ... I don't remember what the main system I used at
> the UT Austin Chaos Lab was, actually; we had an SGI Iris, but that wasn't
> the machine I did my editing on.  But by 1989 it was certainly
> well-available and established.
> On Thu, Aug 3, 2023 at 5:04 PM Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As a longtime user and lover of ed/ex/vi, I don't know much about emacs,
>> but lately I've been using it more (as it seems like any self-respecting
>> lisper, has to at least have a passing acquaintance with it). I recently
>> went off and got MACLISP running in ITS. As part of that exploration, I
>> used EMACS, but not just any old emacs, emacs in it's first incarnation as
>> a set of TECO macros. To me, it just seemed like EMACS. I won't bore you
>> with the details - imagine lots of control and escape sequences, many of
>> which are the same today as then. This was late 70's stuff.
>> My question for the group is - when did emacs arrive in unix and was it a
>> full fledged text editor when it came or was it sitting on top of some
>> other subssystem in unix? Was TECO ever on unix?
>> Will
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