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Date:      Wed, 3 Jan 1996 10:48:43 -0700 (MST)
From:      Terry Lambert <>
To: (Donald Burr)
Subject:   Re: which vi is used in FreeBSD 2.1 ??
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSF.3.91.960103044621.768B@ncc-1701-d> from "Donald Burr" at Jan 3, 96 04:50:36 am

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> > 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.

It also puts two spaces instead of one after "!" and "?" and "." on a join
line ("J") command.

It also does not restore VT100 cursor key application mode when you ":sh"
or "^Z"/fg the vi session.

The first, at least, has been reported, and Keith doesn't want to change
it or make it optional.

					Terry Lambert
Any opinions in this posting are my own and not those of my present
or previous employers.

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