Thursday, July 9, 2009

vi, Still Relevant

I thought this was a good summary of why vi (or more accurately vim) is still a good choice for editing today:

Why, oh WHY, do those #?@! nutheads use vi?

One trick I learned from this article that I hadn't known: keep the cursor on the same line, but position that line at the top, middle, or bottom of the script via 'zt', 'zz', and 'zb' respectively. I am always ending up with the cursor at the bottom of the screen while runnning macros, and I want to look ahead to the next N lines, but all the other movement commands like Ctrl-d, H/M/L, etc. actually move the cursor. zt is a fast way to tell how many more times you'll want to run the same macro, for macros that process the current line and then move down one.