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

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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.
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Simple console text editor suited to python

I am looking for a light weight shell editor for Linux that a young child (eg 7-8 year old) can write python scripts in. The motivation is to find something that is helpful for a beginning programmer ...
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How do I make Kate indent with spaces on Python files but use tabs for text files and other files?

My goal is to set Kate up to work properly on Python files but to use different settings (tabs not spaces) on other documents. I'm sure others are doing this, but I can't figure out a convenient ...
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Why do text editors set the mtime on save when no changes have been made?

When I am using sublime, and I've made no changes then the icon in the editor shows the file is unchanged. However, if I click to save it, it still sets the filesystem mtime time to now. Should a ...
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How to use colors/colorschemes/fonts in vim effectively so that the text is as readable as possible

I am trying to be more productive in vim and as part of this I am trying to make the text presentation i.e. colors etc as nice to the eyesight as possible. Although I managed to change the default ...
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Is there any text editor that will show code highlighting for Visual Basic code?

I have some Visual Basic Application (VBA) code that I need to tweak. Note: I don't need any help in the coding aspect of it; this is not a programming question. When I opened the .vba file in Kate ...
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Make VIM act as Notepad++ on mixed line endings

I've googled all around and found tons of weird solutions to ^M problem, but couldn't find one and simple: how could I just open any file, like in Notepad++ and work on it? I don't want to mess with ...
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Vim Visual Mode - is there a way to change the background color only when in visual mode?

I forgot which mode I am in using VIM so I set this up in my .vimrc so that I easily know I am in Insert mode as the background changes to Yellow :au InsertEnter * hi Normal term=reverse ...
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Save HTML from clipboard as markdown text

I want to be able to highlight a section of a web page and copy it to the clipboard then save it to my local disk as markdown. I need an efficient way to do that. My current cumbersome method is: ...
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How does one find and replace text with geany in all files in a directory?

I see this discussion: How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany? I want to find and replace all files in a directory. The method suggested in the answer, is very good to find. ...
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What is the `editor` command in bash?

I was looking for a command that would hopefully open the current user's favourite text editor, because I am writing out some instructions with commands in a blog. I was expecting a command like edit, ...
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Using Linux text editor to prepare content for Microsoft Word

I need to prepare a long manuscript that must be submitted in a Microsoft Word document in order to meet the submission criteria. (Please no "Don't use Word" comments.) I want to use a text editor on ...
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Problem when changing the font size in nedit

Whenever I open Nedit, the following error appears ---- Cannot convert string "-*-helvetica-medium-r-normal-*-*-120-*-*-*-iso8859-1" to type FontStruct Cannot convert string ...
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Text editor with indented word wrapping

I've been using Notepad++ in windows for a while and it has a cool feature for word wrapping so that the wrapped text is indented. That is the start of the sentence starts at column 1, but wrapped ...
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vi / vim - how to automatically strip trailing spaces on save?

Is there a .vimrc setting to automatically remove trailing whitespace when saving a file? Ideally (to be safe) I would like to only have this functionality for certain files, e.g. *.rb
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vi / vim - extra indents when pasting text? [duplicate]

I can copy characters in other apps such as browsers with ctrlc. I can then press i to enter insert mode in vim and press shiftctrlv to paste the text in. The problem is that each line gets indented ...
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Can I bridge “backwards” from an ssh connection to my local emacs-server?

I'd very much like to log in to a remote machine with ssh and via the $EDITOR environment variable (or something similar) be able to edit in my local Emacs. In this case, specifically for when I log ...
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vim shortcut to open a file under cursor in an already opened window

In vim you can open a file under the cursor by using the gf command. One can also easily open that file in a new split window by hitting <c-w> f. This is a really nice and time saving feature. ...
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Is it possible to have more than just one backup when editing text files?

Gedit and medit are two text editors that I know of that allow me to save a backup. So, if I create a file called temp.txt the next time I edit it and then save it, I'll have a backup called ...
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I need a text editor to edit/visualize >10GB text files

So as to vizualize, and hopefully edit, a very large text file, more than 10GBytes (a backup dump of whole database), I have tried using vim... it didn't behave very well. I have also tried cat to at ...
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Select line not selecting whitespace

Is there a way to select (or paste) text without trailing/ending whitespace? eg. To copy the whole line I press y, to paste it somewhere else I use p, but it pastes the whole text with the trailing ...
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Comparable editor for gedit with less dependencies?

I want to leave Gnome and install awesome on debian squeeze or wheezy, but I really can't work without gedit. Is there any text editor like gedit capable of editing columns, highlighting nearly any ...