On Sun, 15 Mar 1998, Andrew Vardy wrote: > As for the UNIX enviornment, or gosh, IBM, what for there? What's the difference between IBM and UNIX? IBM manufactures its own Unix variant, AIX. And I hope that you knew that there are free Unix variants that run on IBM PC compatible hardware. One of the best is Linux, which works on 80386 compatible processors (and 68000 and others). On Unix, I think that GNU Emacs is the most powerful editor. Starting with version 19, there is hexl-mode for editing binary files, but you can also edit binary files normally, as if it was text. Very useful for combining tokenized BASIC programs (yes, I've done it with Emacs!) and similar tasks. > For browsing a text file, if you got assembly in text, what is out there? If browsing is the only what you need, then also a program called "less" will do. It, like all reasonable Unix text tools, has regular expression search, which is very useful if you want to search e.g. for a STA, STX or STY instruction for a certain address range. For instance, /ST[AXY] \$D02[0-3]$ would search for STA, STX or STY $D020, $D021, $D022 or $D023. Regular expressions are very powerful, you should learn them. > A MUST for any editor IMO would be an on screen display of line and > column position. You can get that display by pressing C-g (Control-G) in vi, or by setting certain variables in Emacs. Specifically, put the following lines to your .emacs file: (line-number-mode t) (column-number-mode t) > Bizarrely, stuff that comes with Win95 won't even do that basic thing. Yeah, those M$ products make one feel as if you had five left-hand thumbs in your hand. Once you are familiar with the powerful features of Unix programs, you won't want to return to those "user-friendly" programs. I wonder how Windows NT will be around. VMS, which was supposed to kill Unix, lasted only about 10 years. Marko
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