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CanadaComputes.com: Linux for Newbies: Part 7

Feb 03, 2000, 07:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

"Linux thrives on text files. From configuration files to Web pages to program source code, text is king. You absolutely have to learn to use a Unix text editor to get anywhere with this OS."

"The joy of text files is that they're portable, viewable, searchable, and can be easily modified. They can also be "commented," allowing you to document your scripts and configuration files in ways that will mean something when you revisit them in six months. Text is the Unix Way. No troublesome Microsoft registry files here. Just pure text. Revel in it."

"To assist you in your reveling are a broad spectrum of text viewers and editors. Viewers (also known as pagers) provide you with a safe way to examine files... You will find a version of More on every Unix system."

"Unix has a reputation for hard-to-learn text editors... but there are a number of easy editors you can use."

"Because Unix is based on text files, Unix editors and utilities have been designed to manipulate text in uncommonly powerful ways. Hence it is worth your while, if you want to move beyond a beginner's level, to start working with these tools. You will want to learn how to use grep and its variants (type in man grep) and at least one of the classic Unix text editors: Vi or Emacs. Of the two, I'd recommend Vi as your first conquest."

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