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I'm willing to go to considerable lengths to eliminate character delay - when the things I type don't show up on the screen instantly, it becomes harder to think in a painful way. That's an idiosyncratic reason, but it's there.



Yep, I think it's because the character delay forces you to simultaneously inhabit two levels of abstraction.

At the higher level, you're composing some tricky unix pipe, and at the lower level, you're counting many backspaces you've pressed and how far behind the echo is.

  % find . -name '*.txt' -mtime +2 -exec chmod g+w^H^H


> counting many backspaces you've pressed and how far behind the echo is

Using ^W can alleviate this.


And even better, just turn on Vi style line editing in your shell. Vi was designed for editing over high latency connections.




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