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

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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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Reverse global and local marks in vi/vim

How can I reverse the capitalization convention of marks in vi/vim? Normally a lower-case mark like "a" means it is local to the current file, but upper case marks like "A" are global to the session. ...
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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 ...
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Cursor keys do not jump over tabs in Vim

When I step over a tab with the cursor keys (h and l), the cursor does not jump over the tab, it just goes one space at a time. This is annoying because I am not sure if there is a tab there or ...
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why does emacs stop superuser from editing files without permissions?

If I have a file I want to edit, as root, I should have the ability to modify it regarless of the permissions. But this does not seem to be the case with all text editors, emacs in particular. If ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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xDebug compatible PHP editor/IDE for LXDE

Which PHP editor/IDE supports line by line debugging using xdebug on LXDE?
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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 ...