Vis aims to be a modern, legacy-free, simple yet efficient editor, combining the strengths of both vi(m) and sam.
A universal editor, it has decent Unicode support and should cope with arbitrary files, including large, binary or single-line ones.
The editor core is written in a reasonable amount of clean (your mileage may vary), modern and legacy-free C code, enabling it to run in resource-constrained environments. The implementation should be easy to hack on and encourage experimentation. There is also a Lua API for in-process extensions.
Vis strives to be simple and focuses on its core task: efficient text management. Clipboard and digraph handling as well as a fuzzy file open dialog are all provided by independent utilities. There exist plans to use a client/server architecture, delegating window management to your windowing system or favorite terminal multiplexer.
The intention is not to be bug-for-bug compatible with vi(m). Instead, we aim to provide more powerful editing features based on an elegant design and clean implementation.
Assuming these dependencies are met, execute:
$ ./configure && make && sudo make install
By default the
configure script will try to auto detect support for
configure --help for a list of supported
options. You can also manually tweak the generated
Or simply use one of the distribution provided packages.
Some features which will not be implemented:
There are plenty of ways to contribute, below are a few ideas:
Checkout the Developer Overview
to get started and do not hesitate to ask question in the
IRC channel on freenode.