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Calab 09-23-2007 12:31 PM

Force nano to word wrap?
Running Debian etch 4.0r1 here.

I'm currently logged in as root to do some maintenance and need to edit some text files. I use nano as my editor. For some reason nano is ignoring the -r option to hard wrap the text.

From what I can gather online, nano will ignore wrapping when logged in as root. If this is the case can I force it to do the wrapping?

I've only used two editors when at the console - vi and nano... Perhaps I should be considering a different editor? (This machine does not use X, so I need a decent editor when logged into the console.)


Micro420 09-23-2007 01:29 PM

Try emacs. That's also another good editor

You are right about the root not wrapping text in nano. I just tried it on my Ubuntu machine and it doesn't wrap!

syg00 09-23-2007 03:50 PM

Interesting; I always use "-w" to ensure no wrap. I prefer to see it as it is in case there is something wrong - stray newlines can get lost in wrapped text.

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