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

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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 ...
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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 ...