I've been using for years, and I used to see having it configured just the way I like it as a badge of honor. But I've been reading/thinking about the Unix philosophy of composable tools, and I'm not sure I want to keep using it as a general practice.

I've been using classic vi [1] for a while now, and I like it's comparative simplicity, but it's got some real problems:

- tags don't work (or at least I haven't got them working)
- hitting ESC in command mode seems to execute whatever happens to be in the command buffer
- autoindent is a bit too primitive, preferring to mix tabs and spaces rather than consistently use whatever the file already does

So maybe I'll put together a patch set?

[1] - ex-vi.sourceforge.net/

Oh, and don't even try editing a file with line numbers turned on. It's a sh**show.

And anyway, something like ed(1) with a visual mode, ctags, and autoindent might be my sweet spot


Someone is going to remind me about ex(1) if I don't mention it here, so to state what should be obvious, I know about ex.

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