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Introducing e4r, a Script to Make Vim Useless

As some of you may be aware, there exist a few dark heretics who have yet to embrace the One True Editor and instead go around peddling their evil ways (via m-x peddle-evil-ways) or their primitive superstitions (yes, ^O to save makes perfect sense!).

Although Exherbo would ordinarily go out of its way to smite those wicked sinners, unfortunately it seems that some of them are so set in their ways that even removing their satanic instruments from the basic install will not quell their iniquity. Thus, in a rare and display of compromise that risks turning Exherbo into… uh, no, wait, I can’t think of any distributions capable of sensible compromises. Anyway:

e4r is a small script that turns Vim into a very crude, minimally functional non-modal editor that approximately resembles Nano. It has no dependencies other than Vim, and is extremely tiny, making it practical to include it in stages for people whose time isn’t valuable enough for them to learn how to use an effective text editor.

Some screenshots:

Editing a file using e4r

Editing a file using e4r

Loading a file with e4r

Loading a file with e4r

e4r Help Menu

e4r Help Menu

Git format-patches welcome.


4 responses to “Introducing e4r, a Script to Make Vim Useless

  1. Moult May 13, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Hahahahahaha hilarious. And evil. Very evil.

  2. nico June 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Really great! :-)

  3. Will Elliott February 8, 2012 at 3:58 am

    A little late reading this. Exherbo is missing nano!? didn’ notice XD Good sense of humor man.

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