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Pico Gets No Love

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Historically, Unix users tend to work with plain-text files whenever they work with text at all, usually using one of two programs: the simple (but somewhat obscure) vi, or the highly configurable (and mind-bogglingly baroque) emacs.

Man, pico gets no love!

11 Responses to "Pico Gets No Love"

  1. I've never done much in emacs but for a long while I used pico to edit my httpd.conf files all over the place. It had the advantage over vi in that I could see the menu commands. These days I fire up BBEdit from the command line, but remember the good times with pico.

  2. man, i use pico for all my text editing needs. i haven't found the need to use anything else. i used it (recently) to edit my httpd.conf file, my .htaccess file, read traffic logs, etc.

  3. The quote should have read, "the pointless (and inferior) vi, or the highly configurable (and clearly superior) emacs."

    That's right ... I'm picking a fight. Hey, if the text-editor religious war is going to start up, at least it's on your site and not mine, right? 🙂


  4. I prefer good ole "Joe's own editor - Joe". Much easier to operate that vi, and a lot less program than emacs. What ever gets the job done, right? 😉

    Check it out:

  5. Pico gets no love

    NSLog(); - Pico Gets No Love Back in the day, when I first started using UNIX-like operating systems, I loved pico. pico was all that I ever wanted. Even after taking on non-trivial system administration duties, personally and professionally, I still c...

  6. emacs? Kitchen sink.

    pico? De gallo.

    joe? blah

    vi? so-so.

    vim? Hell yes. Color that syntax, baby.

  7. ed is the standard text editor.

    I pity those of you who have never tried to edit the rc files of a SunOS box when the /usr partition won't mount. Wait, envy, not pity. Still, ed's the one you can always count on.

  8. I've found that pico tends to be the choice of those who don't need to program in a non-stick (that is, GUI-less) application.

    Pico used to be my editor of choice, until I started doing lots of coding over SSH on a box without X. Given enough customisation (two hours of fiddling in my case), Emacs can really streamline your work. (Of course, your mileage may vary.)

  9. i use pico to write my programs for my java class. i find it a much simpler and easier to use editor than emacs.

  10. I encourage everyone (on a Mac OS X machine) to read:


    Q. What does emacs stand for?

    A. Escape-Meta-Alt-Control-Shift

    VI has two modes. One were it beeps at me, and one were it doesn't.


    Anyway, I prefer gnu emacs for coding and general text browsing. With that said, I like vi for editing configuration files (and on machines that take longer than three seconds to load emacs).

  11. What's Pico?

    Emacs user.