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3. The TiVo Shell > 39. Text Editing with Emacs on Your TiVo

Text Editing with Emacs on Your TiVo

Nothing says text editing like Emacs, the other default Unix editor.

Ask anybody in any Linux forum which editor is better, vi or Emacs, and you’re bound to start a brawl. People love vi due to its simplicity, while Emacs people complain that using vi is too limiting. vi people complain that Emacs is bloated; Emacs people complain that vi is nonintuitive.

Let’s fan the flames of this particularly geeky religious war by bringing TiVo users into the debate, shall we?

The version of Emacs for TiVo is actually called JASSPA’s MicroEmacs, freely downloadable from http://www.jasspa.com/down0212.html. The full version of Emacs with all its ELisp files is going to be a little too much for your TiVo. Think of MicroEmacs as a version of Emacs that is packaged to be small enough to fit on one floppy.


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