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Date:      Sat, 30 Mar 2019 10:56:40 -0400
From:      Lowell Gilbert <>
Subject:   Re: eee-dee anyone?
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In-Reply-To: <> (Polytropon's message of "Sat, 30 Mar 2019 03:51:13 +0100")
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Polytropon <> writes:

> I think you're confusing vi and ex here (which are the same
> executable), but ed is something different (a different program).
> But I think the reason for this confusion is that using ed
> feels like using vi's ex mode or the ex standalone program. :-)

Yes, definitely.

Because it's described by POSIX, ed(1) is with us to stay. Because it
has non-trivial differences between POSIX and BSD versions (which have
bitten me in the past), I use sed(1) regardless of whether ed would have
done the job. I suspect that is a common pattern.

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