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

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Manjaro: Change default text editor to Sublime Text 3

I recently installed Manjaro Linux. I love everything so far, but I have been having some issues with my favorite text editor, Sublime Text 3. I installed it from Octopi, but I can't run it from the ...
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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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Text editor that allows for coloring of arbitrary text (and exporting thereof)?

I have a rather large backtrace, which is kind of difficult to read, so I thought I'd color the portions of the backtrace text for easier reading. (I thought, as a backtrace problem, this question is ...
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How can apropos find emacs?

Funny thing is, after 25 years of hearing what apropos can do -- 25 years ago I didn't understand what it can do -- yesterday I just found that it is for making suggestions for what tools or command ...
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Specify the format of application temp/backup files in kde

Many text editors will create temporary or backup files with the format <filename>~. Because of this, folders appear very cluttered with tons of files duplicated in this way ( <original> ...
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syntax highlghting in vim

I have text files which have extensions *.sc. So to make syntax highlighting for some of the keywords in that type of text files I created ~/.vim/syntax/sc.cim. Below is the file content. user $ cd ...
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Any text-editor which list numbers of words in a file?

Does anybody of a GUI FOSS text-editor which shows number of words by default in a document. If not the one in which having such a preference is the easiest. I am looking for a text-editor which ...
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notepad++ adds \r to shell scripts [closed]

I noticed notepad++ adds characters when writing bash scripts. For example a simple wait script written in notepad++ it adds \r breaking the script. The standard windows notepad does not have this ...
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Need help copying text from a webpage into vi?

I have this wall of text open on my browser that I need to copy and paste into vi in order to edit it. I tried controlC and controlV and it didn't work. I tried looking online, but everyone said to ...
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Opened file with several million lines: how to close it?

I've just accidentally opened rockyou.txt in Kali Linux on a fairly slow computer. It has now been sitting on the desktop loading the 30million words for over an hour. It is not frozen, as I can still ...
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Move one screen row up/down in a multi-line text

I have a multiline text in my Vim editor as, One line of text is spread across multiple lines as shown above. For editing, i would like to move up/down one display line (screen-row) at a time. But ...
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What's the best way display tabs/spaces in my plain text files

I have a file that unfortunately contains both tabs and spaces. How do I display them so I know if a particular space is actually tab or space?
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Text Editor like WordGrinder [closed]

I like to write text files in an CLI environment. No distractions. However, the problem is that the common editors like vim, nano, joe are not suited to - and not intended for - writing large amounts ...
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Why are mtime and ctime changing for a directory when a file is modified?

I am learning about atime, ctime, mtime with regard to files and directories. It seems to me that if I modify a file within a directory, I haven't changed the "directory file" itself in its inode or ...
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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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Kate Editor - insert document properties such as file name into text

I would like to insert the file name and other document properties into the text of the document automatically in Kate. Is there a code that will do this? I'm thinking about something like the ...
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Is there a text-editor in GNU/Linux where CTRL++ for making font bigger works?

In GNU/Linux all the text editors I have used I have go to and make the font bigger size via going through the menu. Is there a text-editor where you can use or bind CTRL++ and CTRL+- to zoom in and ...
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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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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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Installing Atom editor on RedHat (Scientific) without root priviliges

I'm on the verge of giving up installing the atom editor on a university machine to which I don't have root access to. The instructions on the Github page for building from source require some ...
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Polish–Vietnamese mojibake in a .txt file, using LibreOffice, mousepad, and vim

I have a trouble with some .txt file. When I try open it with mousepad, vim or LibreOffice Writer in every case some Polish letters are changing to another, incorrectly (i.e. correct char ś and ć are ...
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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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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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Edit columnar data in vim

Data Name Age Madhavan 29 saravana<Tab Press> ! How can i edit this data in vim in a tabular fashion? When i press tab key from column 1 in row 3, ...
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Block editing *live* in Emacs or Vim

jEdit supports block editing, but Emacs and Vim seem to have some serious usability issues on the same subject. If someone could fill in the unknowns here it would be much more bearable to use either ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...