Unix Edit Survival Notes
Traditional fine unix editors include emacs and vi. Emacs
generally prefers an X connection but can also be invoked as emacs -nw
if this is not present. In that case, mice will not be directly usable.
Vi is not X based and so will also not directly use the mice. For
people who do not want to invest the time to learn one of these, the
editor pico (the editor in the pine mail program) may be useful.
- uses modes. Hitting the ESCAPE key gets you into command
mode where motion is possible using the h,j,k, and l keys (maybe arrow
keys too) and quitting without saving is possible via typing the three
characters :q!. Hitting i will get you from command mode
to insert mode. More details at Basic keystrokes in vi or vi reference or
- Quitting Emacs
- is traditionally done by the sequence control-c control-s. More details at Basic keystrokes in emacs
Last Update: October 6, 1998