working with nano

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri Jun 16 16:17:44 UTC 2017

Yes, this thread is interesting.  I think I'll try some of what people 
have suggested.  I've tried nano a few times, but I clearly didn't find 
all the places where I could learn to make it do more of what I wanted.

In 1979, the only thing I knew about computers was that I didn't have 
one.  I was in school for another line of work.  My serious time on 
computers began in the spring of 1989, and I got at least half-seriously 
into Linux in around 2005.  At that time, such editing as I did was 
using emacs, but mostly I've used vim.

Anyway, I appreciate the info on this thread.


On 06/16/2017 11:24 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> 	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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