I am logged into a linux server via ssh. From the bash shell, is there any standard way of bringing up some kind of text editing environment so I can create and edit a text file? I am aware that there exist apps like emacs and vi, but I don't know if they are appropriate for basic text file editing or if I should use something simpler, or if not, which one to use.
It's well-known fact, that vi has only two modes: it beeps and spoils text (:
So, if you're newbie and know nothing about vi and emacs, the best choice for you will be smth simple like
But in case you want to be a good administrator, you should learn vi or emacs, beacuse there're great and powerfull editor's that can save a lot of time during text writing/editing.
ps. A little vi hint: To exit from vi just type