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Old 01-02-2010, 03:32 AM   #1
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Best (non) GUI Text editor

I wanted to know what is the best (non) GUI text editor for Linux.
I know there are emcas, vi(m), pico, nano, ted, ed, and so others.
But I can't learn working with all of them.

Which one is the best for non professional for standard text editing and a little programming?
Old 01-02-2010, 03:46 AM   #2
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No such thing as the "best text editor". What have you used so far? What did you like? What didn't you like? Why?


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What is the best _______?
For who?
Under what circumstances?
What are the most important criteria?

There is no "best"---there are only choices. The most we can hope for is informed choices.

(I like nano)
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' joe ' is "best" for some, may not necessarily be best for you.
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Standard answer: "The text editor I am using is best, no doubt."

If you want an editor with menus etc (in text mode), mped is a good one. No learning curve.

Generations of Unix programmers used emacs and vi. That is for a reason. You should take the time to familiarize with those to see if that is something right for you.

I use jstar (= joe with different keystrokes) because I started my PC life with Turbo Pascal. And invariably I think this is the best editor.

Other editors like nano, pico seem to be a bit limited and useful for bare systems to occasionally edit a config file, but not much more.

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I personally use nano

Humm odd thing happening now. Anytime I run wget (in the script or not) with any URL my download fails, but I have connectivity.
Agreed, even though I use nano, I used vi for years just to learn it. Between vi and nano, I do not have a need to learn any others.
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I use nano, mostly. Less would be my favorite editor, except you can't edit with it. One should at least know how to open, edit, and save a file with vi, because vi you will always have. Not so with the others.

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nano for me.


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