Since the MPW list is pretty quiet these days - just loyal users
waiting without hope for Apple to port MPW to OS X - I'd thought I
would post a few first observations about Eddie, a possible MPW
replacement which Dave Lyons mentioned. (Thanks Dave!)
I am Dan Allen, one of the creators of the MPW Shell and probably the
only one of the original team left that still uses MPW every day...
First of all, I want to say this: COOL! Nice app. I have been using
Eddie for about 5 minutes now. I really like it. I desperately need
to move on to something other than MPW since Apple is languishing
with support for it. I have only glanced at the docs -- I will read
them in detail soon -- but my first impression is very, very good.
My first request is that the Enter key on the numeric pad part of the
keyboard work as the key to initiate a command, like return does
currently. Later: I found that I can remap keys, but if your
audience is MPW users, Enter should work like it does in the MPW
Shell. Also, at the moment the default Enter key behavior is to do
nothing but beep -- which is worthless -- so why not make it work
My second request would be a display of the current line number in
the status part of the window - oh wait: it does that in windows
other than the worksheet - cool! You certainly do not need line
numbers in the worksheet. Scratch this one.
My third request is this: can I use csh/tcsh rather than Bash? All
of the original MPW creators were csh-oriented (it is a West Coast
thing) rather than bash-oriented (an East Coast thing). Since I am a
member of that group, I like a good csh shell rather than sh shell.
This is probably hard since it appears you have your own shell
hardwired into Eddie.
It feels nice and speedy for most normal operations. However, I
opened a 173 MB text file and it took 45 seconds on my dual 2 GHz
G5. The same file on the same machine opens in 1 second with the MPW
I like how it supports the Tiger Dictionary.
I like how command-delete deletes to the end of the file. This is so
I am sure I will be able to send you more comments as I use it more.