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Date:      Wed, 3 Jan 1996 04:50:36 -0800 (PST)
From:      Donald Burr <>
To:        William Bulley <>
Subject:   Re: which vi is used in FreeBSD 2.1 ??
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSF.3.91.960103044621.768B@ncc-1701-d>
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On Tue, 2 Jan 1996, William Bulley wrote:

> Subject says it all.  Some modern flavours of UNIX on PCs use
> a less that true Bill Joy derived version of vi.  Which version
> if vi does FreeBSD use in 2.1 release?

FreeBSD uses, I believe, the "nvi" editor by Keith Bostic.  Supposedly nvi 
is a "bug-for-bug compatible replacement for the original Fourth Berkeley 
Software Distribution (4BSD) ex and vi programs."  

So far for me, it has seemed pretty faithful, except that, when you first 
enter a file, vi would show something like:

"foo.c": 48 lines, 1020 characters

at the bottom of the screen, whereas nvi shows:

"README", unmodified: line 1

Kinda annoying, since the statistics (lines and characters) are usually 
important to me when editing something.  But oh well.

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