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Re: configuring the backspace key, etc. (un-indenting doesn't work with vim)
Mark J. Reed wrote:
On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 5:21 AM, Jay <email@example.com> wrote:
Don't speak for me! I will speak for myself. I misconfigured vim for a
reason. That reason was that backspace was not performing it's function
in the first place. I didn't willy nilly go in there and say "Well let
me add this just because it oughta be fun". Something was broken and I
was attempting to fix it. What was broken was the natural and normal
functioning of the backspace key. If that key was working in an expected
and normal way why the hell would I be in there mucking around?!?
While Andrew's tone is a bit strong/rude, I do agree. The keyboard
should just work.
And it does. Andrew had a misconfigured vim setup that was getting in
And as I said, the "documentation" was, ahem.... well less than
instructive in this regard.
Come on now! 99% of the time you are. 99% of the other OSes get it
right. Stop making excuses!
PC keyboards have been for a very long time now.
Yes. But, again, you're not always on the local attached keyboard when
interacting with a Linux system.
Admittedly, even when not local, 99.9% of the time you'll be using
some sort of VT100/ANSI terminal emulator, so a lot of the flexibility
of the termcap/terminfo system is overkill at this point. But the
underlying abstraction - no matter how you are connected, it looks
like a tty to the host software - is still valuable.
I would not consider it valuable if it doesn't perform it's intended and
labeled (mind you) function.
You would if you admit that it was the system that was screwed up before
that made you get under the hood in an attempt to fix it in the first
place! You would if you were open minded enough to admit that it's only
Unix that suffers this affliction with this specific key.
> That's the price of using stuff without understanding it.
Fair enough. But I do at least try not to blame "the system" when I
screw something up because I didn't know what I was doing...
Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone..
Andrew DeFaria <http://defaria.com>
Bureaucracy: a method of turning energy into solid waste.
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