Subject: Re: RFC: Simple screen editor for NetBSD
To: Jukka Marin <email@example.com>
From: David Brownlee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/07/2000 21:21:43
On Fri, 7 Jan 2000, Jukka Marin wrote:
> Hmm. There's this place using NetBSD, where no-one knows how to use
> vi. It's always a challenge to get a new machine up and running when
> you have to guide them keystroke by keystroke on the phone when they're
> editing /etc/rc.confor /etc/group or doing vipw to get the system up so
> I can log on from the network.
Another good argument for having a simple editor present.
Attempted summary of discussion to date:
- If someone cannot learn vi, they should not be editing
system files on unix.
- sysinst should be able to install a simple editor.
- small amount of bloat.
- Guaranteed easy editor on all systems, docs can reference
- Help novices
- Help someone talking a novice through something
- Can break out into a sysinst package when base system is
split into packages anyway
- Currently discourages new users from NetBSD initially -
more likely to learn on another system and stay there.
If the editor is present it should be:
- In /usr/bin
- Be simple to use, with cursor keys, and emacs like move
- Not wrap long lines
- Preserve uid/permissions on files
Updates to the above welcomed.