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“Ed is the standard text editor.”

Ed, the greatest WYGIWYG editor of all.

ED IS THE TRUE PATH TO NIRVANA! ED HAS BEEN THE CHOICE OF EDUCATED AND IGNORANT ALIKE FOR CENTURIES! ED WILL NOT CORRUPT YOUR PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS!! ED IS THE STANDARD TEXT EDITOR! ED MAKES THE SUN SHINE AND THE BIRDS SING AND THE GRASS GREEN!!

When I use an editor, I don’t want eight extra KILOBYTES of worthless help screens and cursor positioning code! I just want an EDitor!! Not a “viitor”. Not a “emacsitor”. Those aren’t even WORDS!!!! ED! ED! ED IS THE STANDARD!!!

TEXT EDITOR.

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    From: patl@athena.mit.edu (Patrick J. LoPresti)
    Subject: The True Path (long)
    Date: 11 Jul 91 03:17:31 GMT
    Newsgroups: alt.religion.emacs,alt.slack
    
    When I log into my Xenix system with my 110 baud teletype, both vi
    *and* Emacs are just too damn slow.  They print useless messages like,
    'C-h for help' and '"foo" File is read only'.  So I use the editor
    that doesn't waste my VALUABLE time.
    
    Ed, man!  !man ed
    
    ED(1)               UNIX Programmer's Manual                ED(1)
    
    NAME
         ed - text editor
    
    SYNOPSIS
         ed [ - ] [ -x ] [ name ]
    DESCRIPTION
         Ed is the standard text editor.
    ---
    
    Computer Scientists love ed, not just because it comes first
    alphabetically, but because it's the standard.  Everyone else loves ed
    because it's ED!
    
    "Ed is the standard text editor."
    
    And ed doesn't waste space on my Timex Sinclair.  Just look:
    
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root          24 Oct 29  1929 /bin/ed
    -rwxr-xr-t  4 root     1310720 Jan  1  1970 /usr/ucb/vi
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root  5.89824e37 Oct 22  1990 /usr/bin/emacs
    
    Of course, on the system *I* administrate, vi is symlinked to ed.
    Emacs has been replaced by a shell script which 1) Generates a syslog
    message at level LOG_EMERG; 2) reduces the user's disk quota by 100K;
    and 3) RUNS ED!!!!!!
    
    "Ed is the standard text editor."
    
    Let's look at a typical novice's session with the mighty ed:
    
    golem> ed
    
    ?
    help
    ?
    ?
    ?
    quit
    ?
    exit
    ?
    bye
    ?
    hello? 
    ?
    eat flaming death
    ?
    ^C
    ?
    ^C
    ?
    ^D
    ?
    
    ---
    Note the consistent user interface and error reportage.  Ed is
    generous enough to flag errors, yet prudent enough not to overwhelm
    the novice with verbosity.
    
    "Ed is the standard text editor."
    
    Ed, the greatest WYGIWYG editor of all.
    
    ED IS THE TRUE PATH TO NIRVANA!  ED HAS BEEN THE CHOICE OF EDUCATED
    AND IGNORANT ALIKE FOR CENTURIES!  ED WILL NOT CORRUPT YOUR PRECIOUS
    BODILY FLUIDS!!  ED IS THE STANDARD TEXT EDITOR!  ED MAKES THE SUN
    SHINE AND THE BIRDS SING AND THE GRASS GREEN!!
    
    When I use an editor, I don't want eight extra KILOBYTES of worthless
    help screens and cursor positioning code!  I just want an EDitor!!
    Not a "viitor".  Not a "emacsitor".  Those aren't even WORDS!!!! ED!
    ED! ED IS THE STANDARD!!!
    
    TEXT EDITOR.
    
    When IBM, in its ever-present omnipotence, needed to base their
    "edlin" on a UNIX standard, did they mimic vi?  No.  Emacs?  Surely
    you jest.  They chose the most karmic editor of all.  The standard.
    
    Ed is for those who can *remember* what they are working on.  If you
    are an idiot, you should use Emacs.  If you are an Emacs, you should
    not be vi.  If you use ED, you are on THE PATH TO REDEMPTION.  THE
    SO-CALLED "VISUAL" EDITORS HAVE BEEN PLACED HERE BY ED TO TEMPT THE
    FAITHLESS.  DO NOT GIVE IN!!!  THE MIGHTY ED HAS SPOKEN!!!
    
    ?
    
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      My favorite part of this has always been the filesize of the emacs binrary.

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        Eight Megabytes And Constantly Swapping

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