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Re: ed & press return to continue
Andrew L. Moore
Re: ed & press return to continue
Thu, 19 Oct 2000 23:48:36 -0700
As GNU ed's neglectful coder, I will be able to dedicate some
time to a new release soon (mid-November). A lot of suggestions
have been submitted, but a lot of others need tracking down. As for
handing it over, I would if the new maintainer agreed to release a
BSD-styled/licenced version for the BSD community. Otherwise, please
do not despair - ye have not been forsaken.
In message <address@hidden>, Paul Jackson writes:
>|> ed 0.2 has the annoying habit of asking me to "press <return>
>|> to continue" on a longer-than-24-line print command, even when
>|> I am in an Emacs window. Traditional ed does not do this.
>I agree that it is annoying, being a regular user of traditional
>ed for 20+ years now (not inside emacs ').
>It is a "linux-tradition" now, it seems. So if there is anyone
>left using ed besides us two, you might have to make it some sort
>of option, defaulting to the annoying mode unless some config-file,
>option or environ-var says otherwise.
>|> Is anyone still maintaining ed? If not, I'll volunteer. I use
>|> it a lot, mostly for editing crontabs in remote-login windows
>|> in emacs :).
>I'd repost your query on "comp.editors", where it is more
>common to see "ed" mentioned.
>The last I tried to find an "ed" maintainer, I didn't get too far.
>I did get the following response:
>|> From address@hidden Tue May 11 16:02:52 1999
>|> To: pj (Paul Jackson)
>|> cc: address@hidden
>|> Subject: Re: Proposal for ed(1) feature.
>|> Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 16:02:28 -0700
>|> From: "Andrew_L. Moore" <address@hidden>
>|> I maintain ed(1) under a GNU and a modified BSD license
>|> Would SGI consent to the BSD licensed distribution as well?
>|> Thanks for the suggestion. This is a nice comprise to
>|> multiple file support.
>|> You might post to bugs-gnu-utils group ( I am on a very slow link
>|> P.S. gnu.utils.bug
>|> and can't look up the exact address, sorry) for wider comments.
>|> But that it is a feature in wide distribution is a good reason
>|> for inclusion.
>But then, after some effort to get any interest (pro or con)
>on gnu.utils.org, and trying to get back to Andrew with the
>results (a couple of offhand remarks), I never heard from
>So far as I can tell, the gnu licensed ed has not been touched
>If you do decide to make an ed 0.3, I'd like to contribute the
>|> I would like to add a feature to ed(1) - the ability to
>|> edit multiple command line specified files in a single
>|> ed invocation.
>|> I have, in a previous life, included this feature in all
>|> the Unix systems shipped by Convergent, including the AT&T
>|> Unix PC (circa 1985). In my current life, as an employee
>|> of SGI for the last 10 years, I have included a different
>|> implementation of this feature in all SGI Irix systems
>|> shipped in the last 8 years.
>|> Now, with SGI's consent, I would like to include this
>|> feature in the gnu (GPL'd) version and BSD-licensed ed.
>|> A comment from my copy of the code explains its usage:
>|> * ed file1 file2 ...
>|> * Supports editing multiple files named on the command line.
>|> * To switch from the (N)th file to the (N+1)th file,
>|> * issue the command: e %. The '%' is replaced with the name
>|> * of the next file from the command line.
>|> The implementation is simple, less than a dozen short lines of
>|> It's very non-intrusive -- if you don't attempt the command
>|> 'e %', then nothing is changed. And if you invoke 'e %', but
>|> haven't named multiple files on the command line, it still
>|> behaves just like before -- tries to edit a file named '%'.
>I won't rest till it's the best ... Manager, Linux System Software
>Paul Jackson (address@hidden; address@hidden) 3x1373 http://sam.engr.sgi.com/pj