This project was hosted at http://www.pell.chi.il.us/~orc/Code/levee/. Original author is David L Parsons and he said that:
Levee is my attempt to write a vi clone. It was originally written for USCD Pascal I.5 on the Terak 8510a, ported to USCD Pascal 4.0 on the Sage and Pinnacle 68000-based microcomputers, ported back to I.5, but rewritten in P2 (a Pascal derivative language I wrote in 1983 or thereabouts), rewritten in Pascal for an MP/M box, then my friend John Tainter and I re-re-rewrote it in C so we could run it on our newly-purchased Atari 520STs in 1985 (then I rewrote it for FlexOS when I was working at CPT in Los Angeles North (Minneapolis, Minn, which is not my favorite city). When Atari began to roll belly-up, we both abandoned that platform for PCs and re-re-re-re-etc-wrote it for MS-DOS, and when I started using Linux in 1992 I rewrote it AGAIN for Linux, then used it off and on until I discovered nvi (and, after a few more years, Caldera freed the real vi, so I abandoned nvi for that).
But, be that as it may, levee is still pretty tiny (37k executable when linked against termcap on Mastodon), so it’s hard to beat its disk size.
3.4p has been reworked so that it can be configured with configure.sh, and has the additional minor feature that it better supports consoles and gui windows that come in different sizes. This is the first new-feature-release in quite some time (I believe the last feature went into levee sometime prior to 1998).
This release is thanks to Felipe Augusto van de Wiel, from the Debian Linux project, who sent me mail on 15-Jun-2007 asking if I’d be willing to accept some patches and roll levee up to a new release so that Debian wouldn’t be carrying around a decade’s worth of differences from the baseline. I’ve not gotten his patches yet (version 3.4q will no doubt follow 3.4p in quick succession,) but after he sent me the mail I got the whim to build levee on a freeBSD box. That didn’t work (and it didn’t work in a fairly spectacular fashion,) so I spent 5 hours putting in autoconfigure via configure.sh, replacing the old “here are a dozen or so settings you have to set by hand” arrangement with one that doesn’t involve getting a Masters degree in Levee coding. It’s uncertain whether configure.sh will get along with dos, the atari.st, rmx, or flexos (signs say “no”), but you should be able to run configure.sh on a Unix machine, then export the configured code to your dos/atari/rmx/flexos box and build it there.
3.4o has no features that haven’t been in levee since the late 1980s, but it compiles cleanly with cc -Wall, which is important, I guess.
And, just in case you’re wondering, no, I never watched the Captain Video TV show when I was young – I don’t even think I was aware of the name except as a silly name until just recently – I just liked the funny juxtiposition of names.
David Parsons 2007/06/16