Poll: Favorite Text Editor

Favorite Text Editor

  • vi/vim

    Votes: 79 50.3%
  • emacs

    Votes: 12 7.6%
  • nano

    Votes: 27 17.2%
  • pico

    Votes: 9 5.7%
  • other

    Votes: 30 19.1%

  • Total voters
    157


JasKinasis

Well-Known Member
I'm primarily a vim user, but I am happy to use whatever editor comes to hand if need be.
I have committed heresy recently and started using Spacemacs for maintaining TODO lists using emacs org-mode. With vim keybindings of course! The vim keybindings make the emacs experience a lot nicer for me. The Spacemacs shortcuts are kinda handy too.

But for 99% of text editing I still use vim. I don't really use anything much in the way of plugins either - pretty much vanilla vim, with a few custom keybinds added to my .vimrc to allow me to deal with re-organising/switching buffers and tabs, enabling/disabling spell-checking etc.
 
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Steppenwolf

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I use vim because it's fast, powerful, and I know it best. I do like playing with other editors, though, some favorites being emacs and sublime.
 

brevis

New Member
Why Vim has taken more vote than Emacs? Someone could me explain it?

Edit: spelling
 
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Scotsgeek

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Though i dont agree. vi/vim is more popular than emacs.

They just don't underatand how powerful and customizable emacs is! ;^)

Here come the flames! ;^)
 

Scotsgeek

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Staff member
I have root access to all the Linux systems I need to access. emacs is installed on all, and can be used either as a gui or command line.

I believe, Nano and/or other simple editors are usually installed by default on most Linux Distros, and would be simpler to use for beginners than vi/vim. A command line, dual mode editor is hard to get used to, and drives me crazy. I would only use vi/vim if nano (Or others) or emacs, were not available. Rob and I will have to agree to disagree! ;^)
 

iodisciple

New Member
I absolutely love vi and use only that. In the beginning it's all a bit strange and counter-intuitive but when you get the hang of it, its is awesome. Yanking a couple of lines here, placing them there, deleting from the current cursor position until the end of the file, etc. I guess I'm a real geek now ;-)
 

VP9KS

Well-Known Member
I absolutely love vi and use only that. In the beginning it's all a bit strange and counter-intuitive but when you get the hang of it, its is awesome. Yanking a couple of lines here, placing them there, deleting from the current cursor position until the end of the file, etc. I guess I'm a real geek now ;-)
Yes! Wear the geek label proudly.:D:D
 

JasKinasis

Well-Known Member
would a redirected cat output be an editor also?
Yes, you can use cat as a simple editor if you do this:
Code:
 cat > /path/to/nameoffile
Then cat will continuously read input from stdin (the keyboard) and write it to a file - until you press ctrl+d.

NOTE: The above would write the file from scratch, so if the file already exists - it will be completely overwritten with whatever you type.

Or this would append whatever you type to the end of an existing file:
Code:
cat >> nameoffile
 

JasKinasis

Well-Known Member
Can you give most used/needed commands of Vi/Vim?
There are loads of cheat-sheets available online for vim.
Here's a page with several good ones on it:
https://rumorscity.com/2014/08/16/5-best-vim-cheat-sheet/

All of the cheat-sheets on the linked page contain the most commonly used vi/vim commands.

Also, if you have the full version of vim installed, you can use the command:
Code:
vimtutor
to access a tutorial which will walk you through basic vim usage.
 

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