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Re: [Nmh-workers] Ditch autoconf selection of pager?

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Ditch autoconf selection of pager?
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:49:24 -0500

>not all terminals were capable of doing the cursor addressing needed
>for any given screen-oriented editor.  so the user was given the ability
>to configure two editors -- likely "ed" and "vi", though some folks may
>have used emacs or "se" :-).  some programs had separate commands for
>invoking the two.  (for instance, see ~e and ~v in the mailx man page.)

Ok, so I get in the mailx case there was ~e and ~v.  But how did other
programs know when to use VISUAL and when to use EDITOR?  I guess that's
the real confusing part to me; it was never clear to me how that decision
was made (all of the examples I ever found checked VISUAL then fell back


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