On Fri, 2020-06-26 at 10:33 -0400, Neil Horman wrote:
On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 09:00:58AM -0400, Solomon Peachy wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 08:43:19AM -0400, Neil Horman wrote:
> > Do we have real stasitics on this (somthing in the form of bz reports or
> > comments on a list) indicating that users actually are frustrated with being
> > confronted with vi unexpectedly?
> Why would one file a bugzilla ticket over this? vi, and the system
> default, is working as intended. "That's just the way Linux is," say
> the folks having to answer "how to quit vi" for the umpteenth time.
Ok, perhaps bugzilla is the wrong venue, but the point stands. Are people
actually asking how to quit vi (or some simmilar questions) somewhere? If I
google how to quit vi, I see a full 10 pages of the answer to the question
documented in detail (which suggests lots of people had the question at some
point in time), but what I don't see are stackoverflow (or other message board
posts) asking the question currently.
In order to ask "how do I quit vi?" you have to know you're in vi.
Which you don't (again, from personal experience).
I believe the question I eventually asked on IRC (later, because this
was still in the days when you didn't connect to the internet until it
was after 6pm and the phone call was cheaper :>) was something like "I
did X and this weird screen popped up where I could kinda type stuff
but some keys didn't work and I think maybe it was for editing text but
I couldn't figure out how to do it properly or save anything or quit,
what the hell was that?" or something along those lines.
If you can figure out how to search the internet for questions like
But Jonathan did in fact post a link to a detailed Stack Overflow
Clearly there was a time when this was a
problem (and access to all the online resources we have today wasn't available),
I'd agree it's likely to be less of a roadblock today as you're much
more likely to be online 24/7 and have another device (phone!) you can
ask the question from. But it's still an unnecessary pain point. (And
*some* poor person on the internet has to explain this problem for the
sixteen billionth collective time). Why not fix it?
but now? I'm just asking us not to make this decision by proxy.
users out there today that are complaining somewhere that vi is hard to use, and
can't either figure it out, or figure out how to use a different editor
> > I'm struggling with the notion that an individual user is sufficiently
> > skilled to use git on the command line,
> They actually aren't skilled on the cmdline. At most they'll just
> cut-n-paste something they found on stack overflow. Instead, GUI git
> frontends are the norm, generally embedded within IDEs.
This just confuses me further. For integrated IDEs, the selection of a default
editor for terminal usage is largely irrelevant, as the IDE typically provides
an editor built in (basing this assertion on eclipse behvior, but I'd be
suprised if an ide forks a terminal just to run the git default editor)
Don't focus on git. It's not just about git. git was just a convenient
example of something that launches the default text editor.
So the user you are describing
1) Isn't skilled in command line usage
2) Chose to use the command line anyway, despite having a littany of IDE's
3) Was sufficiently well versed in development process to chose to use an SCM,
and to search for commands to work with it (setting asside their lack of
understanding of what they were doing)
4) But wasn't sufficiently well versed enough to go back and find out how to use
the editor that their scm choice chose to default to
I just don't see that that person really exists.
There are literally multiple people in the thread telling you this
literally happened to them or to people they know who asked them for
help. I am one of them.
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