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= Linux Text Editing  =
 
= Linux Text Editing  =
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* Linux has several text editors available in the terminal.
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* Feel free to use which ever you feel more comfortable with.
  
 
=== Create a text file using vi  ===
 
=== Create a text file using vi  ===
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*To edit the file simply follow the same procedure
 
*To edit the file simply follow the same procedure
  
=== Create a text file using nano ===
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=== Create a text file using nano ===
  
* To create a file called foo.txt (or edit a file called foo.txt):
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*To create a file called foo.txt (or edit a file called foo.txt):
<pre>
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<pre>nano foo.txt
nano foo.txt
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</pre>  
</pre>
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*This will start nano and you can simply start typing.  
* This will start nano and you can simply start typing.
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*Once you are done click '''Ctrl + O''' to write the file  
* Once you are done click '''Ctrl + O''' to write the file
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*Type in the file name or keep it the same and hit '''Enter'''  
* Type in the file name or keep it the same and hit '''Enter'''
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*To quit nano click '''Ctrl + X'''  
* To quit nano click '''Ctrl + X'''
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*All of the nano commands are available at the bottom of the editor '''^''' means Ctrl.
* All of the nano commands are available at the bottom of the editor '''^''' means Ctrl.
 

Revision as of 08:21, 20 September 2012

Linux Text Editing[edit]

  • Linux has several text editors available in the terminal.
  • Feel free to use which ever you feel more comfortable with.

Create a text file using vi[edit]

  • To create a file called foo.txt (or edit a file called foo.txt):
vi foo.txt
  • This will start the vi editor and you should see a blank screen.
  • To switch vi into text insertion mode simply type :i and hit Enter
  • You should now see -- INSERT -- at the bottom of the screen which means vi is ready to accept text
  • Now simply type in what ever text you would like just like you would on a normal text editor.
  • once you are done hit Esc on the keyboard and vi should leave text insertion mode.
  • To save the file type :wq this will write to the file foo.txt and quit vi.
  • To edit the file simply follow the same procedure

Create a text file using nano[edit]

  • To create a file called foo.txt (or edit a file called foo.txt):
nano foo.txt
  • This will start nano and you can simply start typing.
  • Once you are done click Ctrl + O to write the file
  • Type in the file name or keep it the same and hit Enter
  • To quit nano click Ctrl + X
  • All of the nano commands are available at the bottom of the editor ^ means Ctrl.