Is there any vi/vim/pico/nano console build for android or any other editor which I can use in remote interactive adb shell. I don't need GUI at all.

I've seen Vi IMproved Touch and it's a nice example of editor which doesn't seems to have a console version which I need so much.

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Vi (or, its line-editor predecessors ed and ex) is always in-built with Unix and Unix-based systems.

If its not available in your device by default, install busybox (rooted device is required). Busybox bundles vi editor, too.


Nano can be compiled manually, but also will needed Terminfo data for correct display text. Another way is use vim: (precompiled here: http://mist.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/blog/?p=54 ).

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