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