Some Emacs packages are mentioned here as an aid to the new VIP user, to indicate what VIP is capable of. These are Emacs packages that I use. A vast number exists on the net and on the archives.
I also mention some Emacs features I think a new user should know about. The details for these will be found in the GNU Emacs Manual.
The features first. For details, look up the Emacs Manual.
ange-ftp.elcan ftp from the editor to files on other machines transparent to the user.
rcs-cks.elfor doing RCS commands from inside the editor
dired.elfor editing contents of directories.
navigator.el- Navigate a directory tree, pop up shells on directories etc. Like Norton Commander or PCTools for the IBM PC. Do not ever use absolute long paths again!!!.
Emacs lisp code archives exist on
and `wuarchive.wustl.edu (22.214.171.124)'
And finally, until Emacs 19 arrives, there is Epoch, which can have multiple X-windows for editing. The next version of VIP will support Epoch, in that the :e file will bring the file up in a new X-window etc.
VIP supports Epoch. If you are running epoch, :e will bring up files in a new screen, and :q will kill the buffer and screen.