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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sublime installation without admin access? [duplicate]

Is there any way to install Sublime locally without admin access? As far as I have explored all of the existing installations assume that you have access to admin.
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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