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Old 07-06-2005, 12:27 PM   #1
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text editor


here's a question so simple you probably never got it on this forum

what's a good fast text editor for linux?

i need it to do copy-paste and print

would be nice if it showed cyrillic characters

it would look best on my desktop if it used gtk

i am using gedit now but it takes 2-3 seconds to load in xfce so i need it to load fast

i don't need syntax highlighting, spell checking etc.

thanks
 
Old 07-06-2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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Emacs or Vi

http://www.linuxselfhelp.com/howtos/...c-HOWTO-4.html
 
Old 07-06-2005, 12:57 PM   #3
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vi: i like to press shift and move the cursor to select, ctrl+c, fancy stuff like that

emacs: no really, gedit loads faster
 
Old 07-06-2005, 01:02 PM   #4
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vi: i like to press shift and move the cursor to select, ctrl+c, fancy stuff like that

emacs: no really, gedit loads faster
vi (or its many clones) is really the way to go when it comes to lightweight and its almost a garauntee that it will be installed on any *nix system you encounter or can login to, so knowing it is also a huge plus.
 
Old 07-06-2005, 01:10 PM   #5
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Then you're using the wrong emacs. I didn't say XEmacs, I said emacs - just the simple editor that opens in a terminal window :-)
You're still not going to get ctrl+c, you'll get Ctrl+x Ctrl+w, but eh *shrug*
 
Old 07-06-2005, 01:14 PM   #6
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i know some vi to work on my server remotely, that's not what i'm looking for

i want something that's ridiculously easy to use. double-click on the file to open, ctrl+s to save, shift-arrow select, ctrl+v paste, mouse select, ... emacs does not give me that
 
Old 07-06-2005, 02:21 PM   #7
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You'll have to use gedit then. There's nothing else around that does what you want. 2-3 seconds isn't that bad either... You don't have to close gedit every time, since it works with tabs, pretty much as Firefox does, so let it be open all the time while working with it and you'll skip the start-time.

The only text editors that will open faster then that are command line based.
 
Old 07-06-2005, 06:21 PM   #8
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Heh, just use Kate if you have KDE. Those others should die a dreadful death.

If you want a character based one that is easy and has the old wordstar type command syntax, Joe is a good one.

I'm an guy who used computers for doing alot of editing from way way back and although vi and emacs were good for their time they do deserve to die a horrid death just for being.
 
Old 07-06-2005, 06:58 PM   #9
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I'm an guy who used computers for doing alot of editing from way way back and although vi and emacs were good for their time they do deserve to die a horrid death just for being.
I hate to say it but I don't see vi or any clone of vi ever getting removed from base installs. Why does it need to die a horrid death? I've worked with many many and countless *nix administrators and 99.9999% of them all prefered vi as their choice of editor for console based editing. I have yet found or met an administrator that knew what they were doing that chose a GUI text editor over a console based vi type editor..

Perhaps if you pointed out your reasons to back up your statement of why they should go away, I'd really like to hear such reasons which like I already stated, I don't see vi, emacs or any console based editor going anywhere anytime soon, not with amount of *nix servers that don't have any type of X running..
 
Old 07-06-2005, 08:11 PM   #10
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your reasons to back up your statement of why they should go away
how about having to type Esc+:+w+ins to save your work?

but really, it was a joke. i really think there's an editor small enough. for example, recently i found a replacement for gnome-terminal. it's called Terminal and seems to do everything gnome-terminal does however starts in less then a second compared to 2-3 seconds.
 
Old 07-06-2005, 08:53 PM   #11
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Google for Scite, uses a GTK interface, is very light weight and cool
 
Old 07-06-2005, 08:59 PM   #12
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nedit is really nice.

http://www.nedit.org/
 
Old 07-06-2005, 09:51 PM   #13
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nedit is really nice.

http://www.nedit.org/
yeah i tried it a few times but for some reason it looks horrible on my machine (probably because it uses lesstiff). is there an easy way to make it look less x11-ish? i remember a guy using it on suse and it looked pretty decent..

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Google for Scite, uses a GTK interface, is very light weight and cool
hey that's not bad. now if i can only get it to remember my settings... i don't have to write them manually do i?
 
Old 07-06-2005, 10:26 PM   #14
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how about having to type Esc+:+w+ins to save your work?
Takes me 2/10th of a second to hit Esc.. and a quick Shift+ZZ saves and exits..

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for example, recently i found a replacement for gnome-terminal. it's called Terminal and seems to do everything gnome-terminal does however starts in less then a second compared to 2-3 seconds.
xterm, very fast, very small, does what most other terminals do. many other lightweight terminals as well. Gnome terminal is the crappiest bloated terminal I've ever used..
 
Old 07-06-2005, 10:48 PM   #15
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xterm, very fast, very small, does what most other terminals do. many other lightweight terminals as well. Gnome terminal is the crappiest bloated terminal I've ever used..
xterm is crap. i want a scrollbar, really is that too much to ask

yeah gnome terminal is bloated crap but it loads MUCH faster then konsole on xfce and it has all the features i need (like a scrollbar)

anyway, this scite editor is fantastic, if you're at all lazy like me you should definitely give it a try. loads in an instant and even does syntax highlighting and resizes fonts on mouse wheel scroll. took me a bit of time to figure out how to change the preferences but when i go it i can change everything to my liking. thank you cs-cam, that's exactly what i wanted.

screenshot:
http://littlesvr.ca/misc/scite.png

cheers
 
  


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