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

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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.
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Does research unix have any binary editor?

I cannot find any binary editor in v7 unix by reading volumn 1 of the manual. Is there any?
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Specify an alias as preferred editor in rc files (like .cvsrc)?

I have in my .cvsrc: cvs -q -e vim I want to create an alias (like my-vim or something like that): alias my-vim="vim -S ~/myscript.vim" And do cvs -q -e my-vim Unfortunately, this doesn't ...
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How does one find and replace text in all open files with jed?

How does one find and replace text in all open files with jed?
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How does one find and replace text in all open files with LibreOffice?

How does one find and replace text in all open files with LibreOffice?
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How does one find and replace text in all open files with gedit?

How does one find and replace text in all open files with gedit?
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How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany?

How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany?
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Why would someone use joe?

I've seen some skilled unix/linux users use joe instead of vi(m) or nano. Why would they prefer using it over the provided alternatives?
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Text editor with font-size selection for specific human languages (ie. Unicode Block) eg Devanagari

Pre Linux, I used Windows.. (too many years in the wilderness :) ... however there was a ray of sunshine in amongst all the general virus/re-install flack.. and that was Notepad++, a text Editor I ...
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How to edit command line in full screen editor in ZSH?

In bash, using vi mode, if I hit Esc,v, my current command line is opened in the editor specified by $EDITOR and I am able to edit it in full screen before 'saving' the command to be returned to the ...
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What linux editor can open a 200G file for editing within a minute or two?

I'm looking for an editor that will open the file in chunks (not try to read the whole file into memory) as I'm trying to hand-edit a 200G file.
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Buffers or tabs in vim? What are advantages/disadvantages of each approach?

I'm used to modeless editors. Only the past year I've been using vim/gvim, which has a modal approach. I'm used to tabs in all editors, since before vim all of them are used to it. In gvim, you don't ...
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Linux Editor to make video for elearning

Does anyone know a solution to create video courses on Linux, i.e: recording in the same time the videos from the webcam, the powerpoint / openoffice document, the annotations on the document (using ...
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What is your favourite shell script GUI/CLI editor and why?

I'm using vim for editing bash scripts currently, but i really need to set it up and/or install plugins. Plugin suggestions welcome. Either way i'd like to see which editors/IDEs are there for this ...
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How can I move to the bottom of a document using the pico editor?

How can I move to the bottom of a document using the pico editor? CTRL+V is next page; is there a similar key for last page?
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How to turn off permanent highlighting of all braces (not just pairs) in vim

I have no idea how I modified vim such that all braces are highlighted, not just matching ones, but I want to turn it off now. How do I do that? The usual highlighting of matching braces works fine.
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Modifying PDF files

I need to do some basic editing on existing PDF file. I.e. I need to: Add chapters/bookmarks Change some page numbering However I cannot find any tool - GUI or commandline - which would offer this ...
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How do I quit from Vi?

I started Vi on my Ubuntu machine. However I don't know Vi, and now I can not quit. I see the editor and I can write text, at the bottom line there is a label "recording". How do I quit from Vi?
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In SciTe (Scintilla), how can I create Syntax-Highlighting for my own custom language?

I want to create a custom Language, with its own custom Syntax Highlighting. Notepad++ (a Windows SciTe/Scintilla based Text-editor), allowed me to create a custom "Language", and now, in Linux, I ...
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Globally stop editors from creating ~ files

Is there a global setting to prevent all text editors from creating backup files? I'm sick of changing it in 11 different places.
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Can you recommend a GUI text editor for a developer (features needed are inside)? [closed]

F-cked up with all IDE bloatware (for my purposes they are all overcomplicated and inconvenient), I came to an idea, that I'd probably better use a good editor than an IDE. I DON'T need projects, I ...
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How can I edit a large file in place?

I have a few files sized > 1 GB each. I need to remove last few bytes from the files. How can I do it? I prefer to edit file in place to save disk space. I am on HP-UX.
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Is there an XML file editor for Linux with grid view support?

I have been using Altova XML Editor on Windows for a long time. It has a wonderful feature that lets you view XML files in "grid view." This makes life easy when reading very complex XML. My question ...
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Nano syntax highlighting for C# and/or ASP. Net

Has anyone got (or can point in the direction of) a nanorc file that contains syntax highlighting for C# and/or ASP.Net?
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What's a good app for blogging?

A friend of mine recently converted from Windows to Linux and has been looking for a good app to replace Windows Livewriter. From talking to him it sounds like handling images is the main feature he ...
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Development environment for C

Looking for ideas on setting up a convenient and productive development environment for C development. I found C editing with Vim very helpful but I would like to get a wider sampling of suggestions.
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Linux editor with VMS EDT like direction mode

VMS editor EDT allows one to use the keypad to control most of ones editing commands. One of the rather nice features is that the direction of operation can be set to "up" or "down". This then effects ...