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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Utterly painless arch?

From: Adam Spiers
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Utterly painless arch?
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2003 12:09:59 +0100
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David Brown (address@hidden) wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 06:48:23PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > Are there really editors other than elvis and nvi which are confused
> > by filenames starting with a + ?
> Vim also is "confused".  But that isn't the right word.  Vi class
> editors take the leading plus to have a very specific meaning.  Vim does
> allow an '--' option which causes the rest to be interpreted as
> filenames.
> It is ancient behavior, but these editors still support it.  Emacs also
> parses '+' options, but only if followed by a number.  Vi allows a
> command there, so any text is parsed.
> Don't underestimate the number of people who use vi derrivative editors.

less(1) isn't an editor, but as I've pointed out before, it also
attaches meaning to arguments starting with a `+'.

The `+foo and =bar confusion' issue has become a FAQ, but I can't see
it on the TWiki.  Any takers?  Main/TipsTricksAndWorkarounds is
probably the place for at it.  (I would, but waiting for a password
reset.)  Incidentally, that page needs refactoring; firstly
'Workarounds' could be split off into a separate page, and secondly
each tip, trick, and workaround could be split off.

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