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Jun 23, 2010, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Nano supports syntax highlighting. Nano supports text justification. And yet, Nano is so much easier than Emacs or Vim. Discover the hidden power of this versatile command line text editor - you may never want to go back to the GUI again! Oh, and it's well worth knowing a great CLI text editor too - if you end up at the shell prompt with X not working, you'll need a backup plan. Here are the tricks, tips and shortcuts you need to know...

"Nano is a great command-line text editor for a number of reasons:

* It's small, lightweight and is included in most distributions;
* It's easy to use and gives plenty of on-screen feedback;
* It includes many power-user features to compete with Vi(m) and Emacs.

"Nano runs in text mode at the command line; this may prompt you to think: "Why would I want to learn a text mode editor? Kate, Gedit and FooEdit 2000 do everything I need to on my desktop." Well, firstly, all regular Linux users and administrators should be well-versed in a command line editor. If something goes wrong with the X Window System, for example, you'll end up at a CLI prompt and your skills will be essential for editing config files."

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