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Originally posted by kencaz Emacs is vary capable... It should do most of what you need.
Well, I could use one of the larger editors but I'm still looking for a dedicated terminal emulator for smaller jobs when I might not have an editor fired up.
I find myself making quick commands on systems which don't always have emacs installed. Or say if I want an instant command line at my fingertips just after starting a window manager,or just before exiting. Still useful to have a terminal program I find.
I'd hate to have to load emacs up just to make a quickie command, or to load it up on an older system where reallly I just need a quick 5 minutes in the terminal .
Where I also need dedicated terminal program would be on smaller older computer/laptops.
I also find annoying that in midnight commander I notice the same problems with the internal viewer lacking ctrl-key editing.
It shouldn't be to hard to modify some of these programs, but I thought maybe there were some solutions out there already which other people have already though up.
There are a number of virtual terminal programs available for Linux, such as xterm , konsole, rxvt. Perhaps one of them would be better suited for you tastes. However, I don't see what use selecting and deleting/inserting segments on a single line of entry would do. The interactive bash shell has some control or meta sequences for deleting entire words, or deleting what precedes or follows the cursor.
xterm allows cutting and pasting very easily, just highlight, and it's automatically copied. Hit the middle mouse button, and it's pasted. Also, you can configure bash so that emacs commands work on the command line. For instance, M-p goes to the previous command, M-a goes to the beginning of the line, M-d deletes the current word, etc.