[Coco] Is there a good, runs on a coco but from a terminal like /t2 editor?

Aaron Wolfe aawolfe at gmail.com
Fri Nov 19 18:42:46 EST 2010

I have searched for the same thing and never found a good solution, so
"me too" on this question :)

I also have thought about ways to make all OS9 programs work better
over a serial or internet connection in general.  The OS9 terminal
handling is just a little too weird to map into any terminal emulator
I've seen.  There aren't that many control characters, but their usage
is just quirky.

Possible solutions I've thought about are:

A specialized terminal program designed just for OS9

An SCF driver that made did the translation from OS9 style things into
something more compatible in the driver itself

A "remote" OS9 window type.   This is something that's been on my mind
for a while. There is a very interesting DriveWire like solution for
the Dragon that uses it's parallel port and actually provides multiple
windows on the PC side that are real OS9 windows.  Its a very cool
idea, and would certainly be possible via Drivewire, but probably the
most work.   It would work just as welll over a regular bitbanger or
rs232 connection as drivewire.  The author of the Dragon solution was
kind enough to send me his source code a while back, so it might save
some time if I (or anyone else) wants to tackle that.  The dragon
project is here:


and screenshots of the way he did OS9 windows here:



On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 2:23 PM, gene heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:
> Greetings;
> I think I would be more productive in terms of coco software, if I had an
> editor that could function thru a terminal link like minicom.
> Mike Sweets old Ed3.1 might be a candidate but its married to the cocos
> graphics a bit too deeply, although I do like the use of the alt key for
> the command invocation.
> Up to now, I have been using the tsedit to vi conversion, renamed to ed
> internally, but for some reason that has lost its ability to write the file
> back after editing it, reporting a "disk error, Press BREAK" and leaves the
> file untouched.  But because it uses a bunch of vertical tabs going into and
> back out of the edit mode, it doesn't run with minicom in either ANSI or
> VT-102 modes.
> Anybody have any suggestions for a stable, works over /t2, editor for the
> coco?
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