Subject: Re: vi changes?
To: Charles M. Hannum <>
From: David Laight <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/01/2004 21:38:22
On Thu, Apr 01, 2004 at 03:30:24AM +0000, Charles M. Hannum wrote:
> On Wednesday 31 March 2004 08:46 pm, David Laight wrote:
> > I also suspect than 'nvi' (as on linux) contains some of the AT&T vi
> > source!  It is far too 'bug compatible' to be a clean room copy.
> nvi does not contain any original vi code.  The reason it's so bug-compatible 
> is simply that Keith is (was?) insane.  And several people (including myself) 
> complained about lots of obscure things it didn't do "right" in the early 
> days.

I must check my names more carefully, nvi (in netbsd) is clean, it is
vim (in linux) that I have doubts about.

vim does things the same way as vi - even when it makes no sense at all.

nvi is actually closer to vi after I applied some fixes as well...


David Laight: