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

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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 ...
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Align columns in ASCII file

I have a text file that looks like his: #c1 c2 c3 c4 c5 c6 c7 c8 c9 c10 c11 c12 c13 4599 995,274 2523,658 ...
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Latex auto package loading

In Windows, TexWorks loads the missing sty packages itself. In Linux it doesn't: how is this sty loading managed in Linux?
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Vim: Making XML text “pretty”

Is there an easy way within vi to make your XML text "pretty"? For example: I want this.. <person> <name>Nick</name> <age>26</age> ...
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How to display the permissions of a new file in the status line of the Vim editor?

With the following piece of code I get the permissions for an existing file: augroup Get_file_perm autocmd! autocmd BufWinEnter,FileChangedShell * let w:file_perm=getfperm(expand('%:p')) augroup ...
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Modeless vs modal editors

I just started learning Linux and all my previous experience of programming has been using the Windows platform. I came across Vim editor and read that it is modal editor unlike notepad which is ...
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IDE or Editor for Front-end development (JavaScript/HTML/CSS)? [closed]

These days APTANA seems to be the IDE of choice for Javascript developers although there is no package for Ubuntu or any other distribution. How do I install Aptana on Ubuntu? Is it stable? (if you ...
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Bash/Korn shell script edited on Windows throws error '…^M: not found'

Some background on the issue: I am new to scripting and wrote a simple Bash script in Windows using Notepad++. cxStopAllServicesOnSERVER.sh #!/usr/bin/bash cd "/some/path" echo "Hi. Logs can be ...
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Get rid of *~ files in KDE editors

All the KDE based editors (Kate, KWrite, Kile, etc.) tend to produce recovery (?) files that are named like the edited file with a tilde at the end. The annoying thing is that these files are left ...
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vim automatic substitution

I have the following lines: '0, '1, '2, '3, How to put quote before the comma? I've tried the following so far: %s/[0-9],/&/g so & here replaces the matched pattern...
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Console Text Editor with Windows-like keyboard shortcuts (ctrl-z, x, c, v)

Ok, I realise that I risk a religious war asking a question about text editors, but here goes. Requirements Mostly used for config file edits Text based not GUI Available for Raspian flavour of ...
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Seeking alternative GUI File editor with large file support

Can anyone recommend a file editor, preferably free, that handles large files as well as EmEditor on Windows? I'm on Ubuntu, but other people reading this might not be, so suggestions for other Unix ...
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I want to modify root files while also being able to create non-root files in a single text editor session.

Catch 22: If I open my text editor without using sudo, I don't have permission to save any changes. If I open it with root privileges, any files I create are owned by root. I want to be able to ...
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Comment all lines in a text file?

In a text file I need to comment out all lines by adding a ";" as first character of each line. What is a good way to do this? I thought of Vim's visual block mode, but I couldn't find a "select all" ...
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TeXstudio: open file at line number n

I am creating a script to produce some .tex files with a lot of lines (a kind of automatic sample). The script finishes with texstudio /home/$USER/foo.tex where foo.tex is the file created before. ...
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How to write a literal dot in ed?

What would be the right way to write a line containing only . to a file in ed? The only way I came up with is something like this: a . s/^$/./
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How to set on executable bit for a particular file automatically

I want that when i make create a particular file, suppose i create it in vim editor, the created file should get executable permission as well when it gets created . I want this as i am creating some ...
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Locate and delete all temporary files in user directory

I use vim a lot, and my area has power failure a lot. So the resultant is I get many *.swp files scattered over my PC. I want an alias of rm command that removes all files with either .swp, ~, ...
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Is here an editor for linux terminal like there is for MS-DOS?

I know that there is an editor built into MS-DOS, so you can create batch (.bat) files. But is there something like that for Linux Mint 12 terminal?
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Gedit or an other non-commandline editor with the ability to spell-check two languages at the same time

I'm searching for an editor with the ability to spell-check two languages at the same time (German and English). Gedit can't do it out of the box. But I want to use Gedit. It should be possible by ...
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Text editor with split screen option

Is there an editor which has the option to "split the screen" into two or more parts, accessing more than one file (possibly with a file tree) without opening more editor windows at once, and how ...
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vi/vim, how can I write out a number of lines to a new file

I have a bunch of lines that I want to write out to a different file. How can I do that?
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ed: set first line as the default current line

I am trying to use ed to edit the first line of a large file, but I have to wait for ed to read all lines. Is there any way I could stop ed from reading the whole file and start editing immediately, ...
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How do I change the default text editor in the Debian (squeeze) distro

"Joe's own editor" does not come naturally to me. How do I change to using nano or vim? I've tried export EDITOR=nano but it doesn't seem to be respected. I'd like visudo to respect this as well.
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“Multipass” scripted modification of large file in-place (file-system level)?

I have just came to the problem of having to cut some lines from a large (gigabyte) sized file, and being aware of potential CPU hog trying to read it in memory, I wanted to edit it in-place ...
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Is learning a text editor like vi necessary and still worth the time today? [closed]

I started a new internship where all the servers run on AIX. Logging in for the first time I was suprised to see that my favorite text editor nano was not installed. Everyone here uses vi not ...
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How to edit file on remote machine with text editor?

I am on a Windows machine, and I am using NoMachine to connect to a development box. Unfortunately, the box runs on RHEL5, so lots of software is not supported. I want to use Sublime Text. Is there a ...
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Beep when typing backslash in cvim normal mode

I installed the cvim plugin for vim. Almost all the cvim commands start with '\'. But I when enter this character in normal mode, all I hear is a beep. Nothing happens. What might be causing this ...
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Advantages (or downsides) of GVim over Vim to edit code

Should I install vim or GVim ? I develop mainly Ruby on Rails (I also use IDE's, but different topic). Are there any differences or advantage of using Gvim vs vim ?
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What is the difference between `terminator -e ranger` and ranger from terminal?

EDIT: I just noticed that when I hit Enter on the ranger (if it is executed with terminator -e ranger) then nano opens while with e it uses my main editor. In contrast, when I use a normal shell to ...
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In emacs (or other editor) how to display the byte offset of the cursor?

The question indicates my preference to use emacs, but the overriding issue is that I want to be able to do a normal text search and somehow see/copy-paste the byte-offset of the matched text. To ...
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How to make tab insert spaces in pico?

Most text editors have a setting for converting tabs to spaces. How would this be done in pico?
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Editing Adobe PageMaker (.pmd) files in debian

I'm using Linux-Mint-Debian as my primary (only) OS and would like to edit Adobe PageMaker (.pmd) files on it. I've read that Scribus is the open-source alternative for PageMaker on linux, but I'm ...
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Linux mint 12: change default editor and terminal

I have the sublime text editor located in usr/bin. How can I make it the default editor so I can do sublime /var/www/test.php? And can I change the default terminal to yakuake?
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!fmt for current line only

When I want to format part of text with fmt in vim I usually select parts of interesting lines in Visual Mode, with: Ctrl+V Arrows, and than type !+f+m+t. When there are couple of lines they are ...
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Using word wrap with mc

According to the man page for mc, the internal editor (mc -e) has a word wrap option. How can I turn this on? I have found settings in "Options" --> "General", however, this seems to only change text ...
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Editor for markdown tables

Is there any tool for linux which makes it easier to generate and edit tables for markdown?
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Expanding text format in VI

The following code is taken from the superfish module for websites: (function($){$.fn.hoverIntent=function(f,g){var ...
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How to create and edit a text file from the bash shell

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 ...
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How to install light-weight vim and to be able to efficiently load files into one instance vim?

On my laptop with Ubuntu I'm able to have just one instance of vim, launched with vim --servername VIM After this I'm able to open files from console with vim --remote-silent filename I use ...
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What is the native Gnome equivalent for Kile?

I was using Kile for editing Latex documents, but after latest package upgrade (I am running Debian Testing) all Kde applications are running reeeeaaaallllly slow - so I am looking for a temporary ...
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What is the connection between a gedit bug and a Unix-&-Linux Q/A href?

While answering a Unix-&-Linux question, I observed that Gedit and two other editors, Leafpad and Medit (I tested 12 editors altogether) exhibit the a certain bug. As it turns out, the bug is ...
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How to 'UnJustify!' text in GNU nano

I enjoy using nano as a respite from my usual GTK-based text editor. I like the simplicity of the interface, and using CTRL-K is the fastest way I know of to edit down long textfiles. However, I have ...
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Drop into an editor from inside aspell

I'm writing my doctoral dissertation using vim and LaTeX, and I spell-check the document using aspell. Sometimes I run across an error that can't suitably be fixed using the built-in spell-check ...
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Is the `ed` editor useful for any purpose besides emergencies and batch editing?

I'm wondering if the ed editor is useful any longer for interactive editing. I know that the diff command can produce patches as ed scripts and that ed is a last resort when the baud rate is super ...
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What a good text editor with RTL (right-to-left) support?

gvim doesn't seem to support it out of the box on my Ubuntu lucid.