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17.4. Unix Text Editors

For years, two text editors have held equal sway in Unix culture: vi and Emacs. Not one to take sides, Mac OS X ships with both of them. The following two sections give you a whirlwind tour of both.

You don't have to use one of these editors in order to open a text document from a Terminal window. You can instead use the open command with its -a (application-specifying) option to send the document to an Aqua text editor, such as TextEdit, like this:

% open -a TextExit  somefile.txt 



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