Today someone asked me about a change in the behavior of SCO's "vi":
On 5.6 if :X was entered you got "encryption facility not available". On OS6 it encrypts without an a obvious way out or seeing what you've entered. After 20+ years with vi the keystrokes become automatic , part from occasionally getting the case of ":x" wrong an losing the whole file. Apart from being more careful, is there anyway of disabling the encrypt feature?
I'm not aware of any. I suggested using ":map! X w", but that has the downside of being unable to enter "X" when you want to. If you've just done this accidentally, you should be able to disable it with ":set key=" but that's also a little annoying.
But that's not the point of this post. The final question was "What changed between the os releases?". I could guess: they started using vim instead of traditional vi, maybe. But I don't know, and I suddenly realized this also: I don't care.
That was an epiphany of sorts. I haven't been paying much attention to SCO for a while, have stopped reading the comp.unix.sco.misc newsgroup daily as I used to, and have fewer and fewer SCO customers, but I hadn't consciously moved away from being interested. It just slowly happened. But when asked that question, I realized that the answer was simply this: I have no idea. I expect SCO to be out of business very soon so I stopped following them after 5.0.7.
Ayup, it's official now, and you heard it here: I'm not paying much attention to SCO. I know next to nothing about their OSR6 release and don't plan on learning anything about it. I'm not dropping current SCO customers, of course, and if one of them can't be dissuaded from upgrading to OSR6, I suppose I'll be available to help. But I'm more likely to suggest that they look around and find someone who has retained their interest in things SCOish - assuming I couldn't convince them of their utter folly in even considering such an upgrade, of course.
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