working with nano

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Fri Jun 16 15:24:35 UTC 2017

	This has been an interesting thread so far. I began using
unix in 1989 on a DEC system which used the trade name of Ultrix
and the standard editor was vi so I've stuck with vi ever since
since it is so common.

	Well, ultrix went away many years ago and my working
group used Sunos for several years as well as IBM's aix and
finally Linux and I kept using vi.

	To me, nano was and mostly still is that aggravating
application one gets on a new Debian system before we have time
to fix it.

	I have on rare occasions used it long enough to do
something that just had to be done quickly and wasn't too
complicated but the first thing I noticed was that rather echoing
the characters I was typing, it echoed the current column number
on the line which is probably what happens with show-cursor on.

	As I said, this usually happens when you are trying to
fix something that is seriously broken and people are waiting and
breathing down one's neck so I have never been too happy to hear

"gnu nano 2.x.y" instead of what one usually hears when vi or vim
fires up and one knows what the keys do so you can concentrate on
the task at hand.

	Shortly before I retired, one of my coworkers asked me if
I would put nano on the FreeBSD system we were using as the unix
machine in our department. I installed it with no problem and
realized that I was dealing with someone who was used to nano and
didn't like to use vi any more than I liked to be forced to use
nano so as far as I was concerned, it was turn abouts, fair play.
It's kind of a case of saying "yes" when you possibly can rather
than hassling somebody over basically nothing.

	When I first started out in 1989, I was using an EchoGP
hardware synth through an IBM PC/XT running DOS and kermit as the
terminal emulator and I now use Debian Linux with speakup. These
are the good old days right now-- not perfect, but certainly
better than when I first started using computers which was 1979
on an Apple II followed in the eighties by IBM PC's and clones.

	By the way, elvis was a DOS version of vi that I used a
lot back in the day. Don't forget that we all walked 5 miles up
hill to and from school in the snow even in Summer.

Martin McCormick

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