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Old 07-11-2015, 02:31 AM   #1
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nano and the insert key


Sometimes when editing a file it's convenient to go through it and replace characters by simply typing over them. In all other editors I can think of this can be activated/deactivated by use of the keyboard Insert Key. When I use this key in nano if asks for a file to insert:

" File to insert [from ./] : "

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Old 07-11-2015, 04:06 AM   #2
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Do you have a question?!?!

You can get a good overview of working with nano at the following web page:
http://mintaka.sdsu.edu/reu/nano.html
 
Old 07-11-2015, 07:43 AM   #3
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A quick google tells me that nano doesn't have the ability to switch to overwriting text. I like nano a lot but it is very lacking in features -- I tend to find that if I can't find a feature quickly in nano it's because it's not there. I would suggest learning how to use vi if you need more power -- it's harder to use than nano at first but is very powerful.
 
Old 07-12-2015, 02:13 AM   #4
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If you want power,... Use EMACS...

If you want ease of use,... use gedit or kate from Gnome or KDE...

If you want a command line editor that you can use in a pinch to solve problems,... use Nano...

If you want a command line editor that will give you agita... Feel free to use vi/vim...
 
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sed works too in a real pinch ...
 
Old 07-12-2015, 02:29 AM   #6
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... sed,... LOL,... First appeared when I was about 5 or 6 years old,... (PS: I was first using Unix systems about 2-3 years after that...) ...

Anybody up for a game of naming your favorite obscure POSIX text editor?!?! LOL ...
 
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If you want power,... Use EMACS...
I won't argue with this either. The point being that if nano doesn't seem to have it it probably does not have it.
 
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Anybody up for a game of naming your favorite obscure POSIX text editor?!?! LOL ...
Well Unix (and much later POSIX) came to the game fairy late. My obscure editor memories are from before they existed.

You kids ... :sheesh:
 
  


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