Light and efficient, at under 10Kb

One thing I’ve been wanting to mention for a while was a teeny-weeny text editor called e3 that I noticed a month or two ago, after seeing it on the Lightweight Linux blog. e3 takes the unusual step of offering a smattering of distinct keyboard commands all patterned after other editors, including bigshots like WordStar, Vim and Nedit.

So why not use one of those others instead? Because e3 is miniscule by comparison, with a code size under 10Kb, if Wikipedia is to be believed. But aside from that point and from the few documents you get when you download the source, there’s not much to be said about the software. Even the home page might be the sparest ever created.

All the same, if you prefer keystrokes and commands unique to one particular program, but need a very, very slim editor, this might be the one you’re looking for. At some point I’m going to use it on the Pentium because it’s an obvious choice. Unfortunately it lacks the option to screen-wrap in the manner of a word processor, which I happen to prefer.

And as a side note, if you haven’t taken a look at the Lightweight Linux blog, you’re missing out. Lots of useful stuff appears, particularly if you’re one of those people who needs to run exceptionally … lightweight. :roll:

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9 Responses to “Light and efficient, at under 10Kb”

  1. 1 colonelcrayon 2009/07/07 at 8:25 AM

    e3 was suggested to me a while ago, and I love it. e3vi mimics vim keybindings pretty well and works perfectly for what I need.

  2. 2 Mikko 2009/07/10 at 10:35 PM

    Thank you for your friendly words!

  3. 3 éric 2009/07/13 at 4:22 AM

    You could always consider ant, one of the winners of the Obfuscated C contest from way back in 1991!


  4. 4 sector 2009/09/21 at 8:01 PM

    e3 @ wikipedia -> dead.
    Article removed.

    • 5 K.Mandla 2009/09/24 at 11:39 AM

      Yup, I can’t be sure why though. Maybe you can skim back through the page history, if it’s still there. Not like it had much to say, really. … :roll:

  5. 6 RevAaron 2010/11/30 at 1:06 AM

    It’s easy enough to see if its code size is 10K, no need for any “if Wikipedia is to be believed…” FUD. Go to the e3 site, download the tarball, and ls -lh will tell you all you need to know. The code is quite a bit larger than 10K, though the 32-bit Linux binary is 13K. I didn’t look at all of the binaries, but the 16 bit DOS binary might be 10K, but it is more limited in features.

    Just FYI…

  1. 1 Musca and e3, with space left over « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/11/27 at 1:01 PM
  2. 2 At long last: A look at vifm « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2010/04/06 at 9:33 AM
  3. 3 Seven in a row « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2011/03/23 at 11:02 PM

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