Questions about text editors in general (i.e. programs used for editing plain text files).

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Editing multiple files simultaneously with vim/gedit

I'm trying to save some work by editing multiple files with the same name located in different directories: $ mkdir -p directory_{0..10}/results How may I create files with the same name in all ...
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How to reset Kate default color schemes?

I accidentally changed some of Kate's default color schemes. How do I set them back to default? I tried reinstalling (including with the option to remove config files) but it kept my changes.
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color scheme setup for iTerm

How do you setup color scheme of iTerm on Mac? For color scheme, I mean using different color to display folder name, file name, machine name, etc.
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How do I remotely edit files via ssh?

I have to edit some files placed on some server I could reach via ssh. I would prefer to edit these files in customized vim on my workstation (I have not rights to change vim settings on remote ...
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How to configure Alpine to use an alternate editor on Mac OS X?

I'm considering using Alpine on OS X (Yosemite). I have most things configured, but I want to be able to use a GUI text editor (specifically OS X's TextEdit) as the Alpine alternative editor, so that ...
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Color syntax highlighting working on one system but not the others. Same nanorc file

I'm trying to set my color syntax highlighting in nano, but it doesn't work as expected. One system everything works. This is an Fedora 21 laptop. Two systems everything I've tried except man ...
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Modify part of line if keyword is found using sed? [duplicate]

I want to modify a line if a specific keyword is found in a line. CS_CODE, SM_NUM, PORT_NUM, DEV_PORT_NUM, DIRNUM, MAIN_DIRNUM, BILL_NO, ADR_NAME In above line, if 'PORT_NUM' is present then ...
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How do I edit files in LXC?

I have a Centos 6.6 running on lxc. I would like to edit files using Sublime or Gedit but not as a root user. Presently I do a gksudo editor and then open rootfs folder. Is there a better way of doing ...
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How to switch from input mode into command mode in ed ?

As far as I know, ed starts in command mode. Once I input i,a or c ed changes into input mode. So far it worked. Now I read that in order to switch from input mode into command mode one has to input ...
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CAJA: make all files with a given suffix get a given file type

Currently, my files with the suffix (extension) .def are recognized as generic "plain text files", and are opened in gedit, which I prefer for plain text files. However, my .def files are actually a ...
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How to weave the words of a string into a block of strings in vim?

Given a string and a block of strings e.g. String: Use three words. Block: This is the first string of another block of strings. This is the second string of another block of strings. This is the ...
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Moving by page without chords in Vim

Often I want to skim through a document or piece of code, which I do with page down (Ctrl-D) and page up (Ctrl-U), but it feels like I am violating the spirit of Vim using emacs-like chords/control ...
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Is there something similar to the Notepad++ session workflow?

Is tmux+vim/nano the closest thing to the Notepad++ workflow (in recent versions of Notepad++ that automatically save session state)? I really miss that, it was convenient to just dump text I copied ...
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A Sublime editor feature for vim… File pre-view?

I was wondering if there was a vim plug-in for the Sublime editor feature showing a smaller version of the file currently being edited, generally in the right hand side of the window -- see picture ...
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Sublime installation without admin access? [duplicate]

Is there any way to install Sublime locally without admin access? As far as I have explored all of the existing installations assume that you have access to admin.
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Linux log file structure change, abnormal (?) sed behaviour

Ok, so I tried to get this 0x0000: 4500 0044 68f7 4000 4011 25c7 8083 d0bf E..Dh.@.@.%..... 0x0010: 8083 da24 85b1 15b3 0030 1e8b 3132 3033 ...$.....0..1203 0x0020: 3132 2e37 3836 3036 2c20 ...
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In VIM how do you run a command silently in the background?

I'm using ubuntu and currently have the following line in my vimrc file: nnoremap < leader >dc :execute 'silent !drush cc all' | redraw! The command works but it doesnt hit me back to the ...
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Choice of editor when running under sudo

On an Ubuntu 12.04 machine I've used the alternatives system to set the editor to vim.basic. I get the correct editor when root but not when I sudo to root and run crontab, and I'm trying to ...
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Cursor keys do not jump over tabs in Vim

When I step over a tab with the cursor keys (h and l), the cursor does not jump over the tab, it just goes one space at a time. This is annoying because I am not sure if there is a tab there or ...
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why does emacs stop superuser from editing files without permissions?

If I have a file I want to edit, as root, I should have the ability to modify it regarless of the permissions. But this does not seem to be the case with all text editors, emacs in particular. If ...
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What does “position” mean in iconv error message?

I get error when converting a large file: $ iconv -f GB2312 -t UTF-8 2001.txt -o 2001_u.txt iconv: illegal input sequence at position 245256667 What does the position mean in this error? I tried it ...
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What are some preferred methods to efficiently edit files on a remote Unix server?

I'm looking for a more efficient GUI-based solution to edit root-owned and root-only writable files than using either nano or vim, both of which of course limit your cursor to navigate one character ...
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Can I specify the layout of a vsplit command?

When I do the :vsplit command, it always opens the new file on the left side of the screen. Is there a way I can specify I want the new file to open to the right?
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dot command in Vim, last change?

The dot command in Vim repeats the "last change", but I am not exactly sure what constitutes the "last change". For example, if I type the sequence: A;{ESC}j. Then a semi-colon is appended to ...
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Does Kate support HTML5?

I am editing a long HTML document in Kate, and I'd love to be able to "close" the parts I'm not currently working on. But this is a new document, and the highest level of modularization uses section, ...
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Vim: pasting lines line by line

Let's suppose I have a file containing: xxx yyy zzz and another file: kkk qqq ppp I want to obtain: xxxkkk yyyqqq zzzppp Is that possible in Vim with some command? (I've tried using VISUAL ...
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How to get permission for editing fstab file in debian [duplicate]

I wanted to change my fstab file to be able to solve "Error mounting" (I tried to delete the last line of fstab file) # /etc/fstab: static file system information. # # Use 'blkid' to print the ...
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Kdevelop over SSHFS sometimes stutters last few lines on save?

Sometimes, but not always, a certain file, when saved with Kdevelop over SSHFS to a remote server, will include the last n lines of the file repeated. N is variable from save to save. The file that ...
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terminal text editor with Windows like hotkeys [duplicate]

As a Windows user (please forgive me) interacting with GNU\Linux through SSH I am looking for a terminal-based text editor that has similar hot keys to most Windows text editors which I have grown ...
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Sed? Stripping all formatting, i.e line breaks and whitespaces, from a report text file, while masking out certain pieces

I am working on a project in which I need to remove all formatting from a text file including whitespaces and line breaks, then replace any colons with pipes. I've made some headway but I cannot find ...
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Editing files in debian before installation

I am having problems installing debian on virtualbox. The installation step fails when trying to configure packet manager. The guy in the following post had them solved by editing a certain file ...
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Gummi: Extend with Markdown functionality, or suggest Markdown editor

I use Gummi for my LaTeX work, and I use online Markdown1) editors, for quick note taking, making protocols, and making quick handouts, etc. I'd like to combine both. Is there any way, to extend ...
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Which editor (or plugin) makes a version control workflow feel most first-class? [closed]

By "first class" I can just work by forking and merging my code willy-nilly, several times every minute, without ever thinking about the VCS.... I'm looking for an editor environment where the most ...
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Windowing system strictly for code editing? [closed]

I'm a usability obsessive and I can't help dreaming about how nice it would be to have a windowing system configured for nothing but editing code... mostly it would be ultra minimalist, with just ...
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Installing a light table(editor) in debian

I want to install lighttable programming editor in kali Linux(debian).I have downloaded the tar.gz version from here. But I am unable to install the light table .Please help in regarding this. ...
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Open program in another terminal window windows-solaris

I am running Attachmate Reflection for UNIX and logging into my Solaris system. I then want to open a file with nedit but I get an error: NEdit: Can't open display So, I type in xhost + and ...
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What does ^@^@^@ mean in a text file?

Sometimes I have problems with opening a file using a graphical text editor -- I'm using geany. The file can be read by vim without a problem. I checked the file, and there wasn't anything wrong with ...
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How to edit/delete a .dot_file on mac without using Terminal

When I start Terminal I can not control it. It starts executing an endless loop repeating that some alias does not exist. Because of this I am not able to edit this file using a program such as vim. ...
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Can't insert spaces in code editors

Since i recently installed CodeBlocks, I can't insert spaces in codeblocks, codelite or mysql-workbench editors. When i press space the editor interprets it as a completion key unless there is no word ...
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How do I remove the 'split lines' error in Bluefish?

How can I stop this error from occurring every time I start Bluefish editor? Of course, apart from shortening long lines... Bluefish 2.2.4, running on Fedora 19. Edit: I have done this in ...
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Presentation Tools Back In The Day

Which tools were around »back in the day« to aid presentation Unix/Linux environments? I just wondered how somebody would accomplish something like slides in a e.g. text-based environment or low-end ...
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Terminal editor with “project pane”

Most GUI text editors have a "project pane" that's just a directory tree that you use to choose what file you're currently editing. What's a terminal text editor (or a VIM/emacs plugin) with this ...
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Lowercase all but the first (Uppercase) letter from UPPERCASE in cyrillic

To make all letters a lower case except the first letter. The first letter would look like "Uppercase" after I changed (from UPPERCASE in cyrillic). The rest (not UPPERCASED) leave unchanged. I'm ...
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How to align fstab entries easily

Editing /etc/fstab with my text editor makes all the spacing go out of alignment. I could go through the file and insert/delete spaces to line everything up, but I'm looking for a more automated ...
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xDebug compatible PHP editor/IDE for LXDE

Which PHP editor/IDE supports line by line debugging using xdebug on LXDE?
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SciTE Auto Save Temporary File

I was running an application that seemingly froze the GUI of my Linux distro. After a CtrlAlt Backspace I got back to a terminal and reloaded the GUI. However, even with the below User Options ...
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Quickest way to find and replace a string in numerous HTML files

I have numerous HTML files all nested inside different folders contained in a single overall folder. In each of these HTML files I need to replace /contact/index.html With /contact/index.php ...
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vim - better colors so comments aren't dark blue?

Mostly I edit ruby files, although shell script file comments are also # Currently my comments show as dark blue on black which is really hard to read. See screenshot. How can I change their color? ...
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How to re-run vim auto-indentation on a tex file?

I have a LaTeX source file with its indentation messed up. I am looking for a way to force vim (may be through one of vim-latex-suite commands) to re-run the automatic indentation commands over the ...
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Viewing very wide files

I need to view some 5,200 byte wide files. Is there any tool to make this practical without modifying the file? Ideally, I'd like to specify which columns I'm viewing.