Ed Command Line Editor
Ed is the only command line editor still is major use. Any time you do anything in Vim that begins with
: you are actually using the
ed editor and not
vi (which originally meant visual version of
💎 While many discount the use of
edfrom the command line as being completely impractical most people who arrive at that conclusion have never done any significant offensive security penetration testing (hacking).
Usually when you are lucky enough to find an Internet-facing vulnerability and start up a basic shell on the target system you do not have a full TTY-enabled terminal.
This leaves you with very few options when it comes to actually changing files on the target system. This is when
edshines brighter than every other editor out there. Using
edyou can manipulate any file directly and most every UNIX and Linux system — no matter how small — comes with
vias well). So learn
edwell if you want to be a true hacker.