Subject: Re: install could use some static binaries
To: Jonathan Stone <>
From: Chris G Demetriou <>
List: port-i386
Date: 08/05/1996 03:21:51
> >Anybody who's ever administered an ULTRIX (or DEC OSF/1, until
> >recently) box knows why you need to know ed...  8-)
> <cough> Well, yes, except those of us so deranged as to learn how to
> use vi on hardcopy [sic] terminals like the Decstation/RISC glass-tty
> emulator, which doesn't do screen addressing (and turns off interrutps
> to scroll, to boot).

Gack!  i'd almost forgotten about open mode, i've been using nvi for
so long...

I suppose that if nvi supported open mode, having it available at
inatall-time or single-user might be useful...  though if you can
learn vi, it's really not all that much trouble to learn ed, and
it's not like either is cake for a novice.