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Date:      Fri, 22 Sep 2000 21:22:46 -0700
From:      Doug Barton <>
To:        Francesco Casadei <>
Cc:        Erin <>,
Subject:   Re: perl/cgi Authorintg tools
Message-ID:  <>
References:  <000201c0243a$df98a580$> <20000922191259.B1550@goku.kasby>

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	I don't want to start a holy war here, and in fact, I wouldn't mind to
find a fancy editor myself. I've stuck with vi because it's available on
all the platforms we use at work. 

> Try Emacs. A brief list of features:

	I'ved used emacs, every time I use it I feel like I've dragged out my
entire whomping multi-hundred dollar tool kit to drive a screw. 

>  * syntax coloring

	I have to say, I kind of miss this. I could drag out vim, but
installing it on X large number of other machines just doesn't do it for

>  * on-the-fly expressions indenting

	Our vi, and in fact almost all implementations of vi support this. I
have the following in my .bashrc:

export EXINIT='set autoindent iclower'

which has made my life immensely easier. 

>  * it shows you matching brackets while you're typing (e.g. when you
>    type ')' emacs will rapidly move the cursor to the matching '('
>    and then returns to the insertion point)

	vi does this as well. Anyone who uses vi regularly would be well served
by /usr/ports/editors/vilearn. It's a self-paced tutorial that will
teach you some simple tricks that will undoubtedly save you hours of

Good luck,

        "The dead cannot be seduced."
		- Kai, "Lexx"

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