Subject: Re: add less in /rescue
To: mouss <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/08/2004 20:23:03
On Thu, Jul 08, 2004 at 02:04:57AM +0200, mouss wrote:
> Greg A. Woods wrote:
> >"Ed" is in fact a very fine and _very_ useful utility, as ascetic as it
> >may be.  I think learning to use "ed" well can still teach most people
> >more about Unix than any other single utility could ever do.  Except
> >maybe sh.  :-)
> I think you're exagerating a bit. ed isn't only an obscure program, it's 
> also an obsolete piece of code (right around the corner, I have a 

It's a very usefull piece of code, for e.g. applying mechanical changes
to a buch of files. And once you know ed, you use vi in a more efficient
way. But of course if you're a emacs user you won't understand this :)

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference