bviplus: A vi-ish hex editor

Oh goodie: Another utility that borrows commands and keypresses from the vi arena!

I’m not being flippant; I think it’s important to point out toys and gadgets that follow the footsteps of a 35-plus-year-old application.

When you can brag that your application influenced software over the span of three-and-a-half decades, you can shout me down. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enough chatter. Here’s bviplus (which I should probably mention, describes itself as a fork of bvi).

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As you can see by the help screen, bviplus makes a serious effort to keep touch with its vi heritage.

But I have to make a confession at this point: I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve needed a hex editor in the past decade.

Not that bviplus (or bvi) is somehow unnecessary. When you need one, it’s a godsend.

But this definitely falls into the category of “nifty utility that I will probably not install, until I actually need it.” ๐Ÿ˜

4 thoughts on “bviplus: A vi-ish hex editor

  1. CorkyAgain

    If I had time on my hands, it might be interesting to compare the number of apps with vi-style keymappings vs. those that use emacs-style chords.

    I suspect, however, that emacs — being what it is — will have simply absorbed all of its followers into itself, so that there is no need for those other apps. “One app to rule them all, and with lisp macros in the darkness bind them.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    bvi is an longtime favorite of mine. Didn’t know there was a bviplus. Thanks for pointing it out!

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