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Old 03-18-2004, 02:40 PM   #1
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Question What is your favorite text editor?


I'm using Quanta right now as well as gphpedit but I wished there was some text editor with Column-Mode like UltraEdit does (Windows unfortunatly).

Which text editor to you use? What are its pros and cons?
 
Old 03-18-2004, 03:25 PM   #2
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heh...that's exactly what I miss from UltraEdit.

I usually use vim...occasionally Bluefish if I get a craving to push buttons.
Pro: ability to jump around quickly, modify chunks of text, and edit any file regardless if it's local or remote, GUI or terminal.
Con: I have so much yet to learn.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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When in gui, I use kedit. Without it is vi.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 04:49 PM   #4
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For editing config files I use the edit function in mc.

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Old 03-18-2004, 04:56 PM   #5
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pico for me
 
Old 03-18-2004, 05:04 PM   #6
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kate and nano - depending on whether I'm in gui or not. Kate's excellent for script writing...IMHO
 
Old 03-18-2004, 05:13 PM   #7
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Re: What is your favorite text editor?

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Originally posted by xutopia
I wished there was some text editor with Column-Mode like UltraEdit does (Windows unfortunatly).
Not knowing UltraEdit I don't know what Column-Edit means...

What is it? :}

In Emacs I can do rectangular selections and
manipulate those ...


Cheers,
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Old 03-18-2004, 05:24 PM   #8
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Vim is the only editor for me. Whether I'm local or remote, in X or in Console.

Best...editor....ever...!
 
Old 03-18-2004, 06:33 PM   #9
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Vim or Kate depending on mood and what I'm doing.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 09:48 PM   #10
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cat>foo, ed, sed, what's supposed to be a port of a 'real' 1985 BSD version of vi, vim, joe, mcedit, nedit, depending on mood and what I'm doing.

No wonder I suck at all of them.

Except 'cat>foo'. I think I've pretty much got that one down.
 
Old 03-18-2004, 11:17 PM   #11
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Quote:
Not knowing UltraEdit I don't know what Column-Edit means...

What is it? :}

In Emacs I can do rectangular selections and
manipulate those ...
it may be the same thing. In UltraEdit you can drag the cursor vertically and edit multiple lines simultaneously. Say you have 50 lines that say "foo=bar" and you want to change lines 10-40 to "foo=barber". You can drag the cursor down through 31 lines, type "ber" and leave the rest of the "foo=bar" lines alone. I don't know of any other way to accomplish that without editing each line individually
 
Old 03-19-2004, 01:16 AM   #12
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No, I don't think that's possible in emacs (not
in the standard packages, anyway)... but then
I can't recall having had a problem that would
require such a feature, either :}


Cheers,
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Old 03-19-2004, 02:31 AM   #13
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sed 10,40s/bar/barber/ file



or 'sed 10,40s/$/ber/ file' if there's nothing after it.

-- Actually, same thing in 'vi' but with a colon and I'm sure ed can do it, too. I just always think 'sed' for s&r.

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Old 03-19-2004, 11:16 AM   #14
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Unfortunately you'd need to save, close, and reopen after seding it. If you're working on a file where you're testing the results and need to fine tune your changes multiple times, this is a waste of time....unless sed can be performed on the current buffer?

As for where it would be useful, you're correct that it's unusual...but not unnecessary sometimes. At one time I was working on some animations which were triggered by the contents of an XML file. Quite often redundant information needed changes, and these changes needed to be tested and often changed again as a result of the test.
I've also used it for modifying playlists, but that was in windows....there are better tools available in Linux.
 
Old 03-19-2004, 12:38 PM   #15
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Ironically, 'alt-x', 'sed 10,40s/$/ber/ file' *does* work in NEdit but I was trying various ':r!' type-things with vim and couldn't figure it out. But if NEdit and sed can do it, vim and sed must be able to. (NEdit can also select columns with a 'ctrl-mousedrag' but doesn't perform very complex operations with the columns by itself.) I mean, it's unnecessary, because vim can 'sed' internally, but I was curious.

But you're right that a straight sed in an interactive editing session would be, uh, awkward.
 
  


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