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What is your favorite text editor?

CraigHB

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#26
My first exposure to Unix was in the early nineties with Sco Unix. Of course it was vi for text editing. As the first editor I learned for Unix it's been hard to abandon for me. I call it vi hell when I fat finger commands. It's been to hard to break away from it, so it's what I still use. Of course there's variants, right now I'm using vim. At some point I'd like to get used to something possibly better, but I always fall back to vi.
 

geheimnisse

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#27
My first exposure to Unix was in the early nineties with Sco Unix. Of course it was vi for text editing. As the first editor I learned for Unix it's been hard to abandon for me. I call it vi hell when I fat finger commands. It's been to hard to break away from it, so it's what I still use. Of course there's variants, right now I'm using vim. At some point I'd like to get used to something possibly better, but I always fall back to vi.
To be honest I learned vi back in 2001ish when I made the jump from Windows to Linux, and have yet to find anything better.
 

chrbr

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#28
What a topic.

In my opinion the best user friendly editor has been Xedit. We have editors/the but I think it is not the same. I have been get used to vi since ancient Linux Suse 0.99-something , quite some time before the switch from aout to elf. The worse experience I have ever had related to editors has been a Linux rescue medium without vi but nano or whatever. :wq
 

kpedersen

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#29
One that is really interesting to me is Acme. It is the main text editor for Plan 9 (Made by the same guys as UNIX and originally meant to be the successor). I really wanted to like it but it requires a mouse which I personally find really claustrophobic. If any of you here prefer an editor supporting a mouse, definitely give it a go :).

Another Plan 9 one is also Sam. Again mouse driven but slightly less complex.
If on Windows, you can either use Inferno or ACME-SAC. On FreeBSD, you can use either Acme from Plan9port or Wily (an X11 clone).
 

stratacast1

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#31
I use nano a lot. I never really have a need to need anything more advanced for editing files on CLI. Perhaps I'm just missing something here :p I'm bad and love Atom. I wish I could get Atom on FreeBSD. I think I could switch my desktop to FreeBSD at that rate
 

drhowarddrfine

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#32
These are the sort of threads I only expect to see on reddit and the answer is, "My favorite editor is the same one everyone mentioned the last hundred times this question was asked here."
 

Datapanic

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#35
I'm going to add that my favorite DOS editor was qedit. It was the only editor I knew back then that could cut and paste columns. I wonder if it ever got ported to other OS's...
 

-Snake-

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#37
Oh yeah, vi or die (it even rhymes somewhat so I got to be right) :D
:D

More seriously.. It is true that /usr/bin/vi is my main editor for most tasks. But I guess I am a little crazy like that because my ksh shell is even set up to utilize vi mode as well.

The reason is simple: I am lazy. These days all my servers are FreeBSD but back in the day I was working with Solaris, Linux, AIX and Windows. So we quickly made vi usage mandatory in order to have some consistency. I don't want to think about editors when I need to edit /etc/resolv.conf nor do I want others to waste time over that. So.. vi.

Even today I mostly use vi, I also have vim installed as well but it only gets used when I need to edit 2 files at the same time.
I understand, the good thing about vi is that it usually comes pre-installed on any unix-like system, and it's quite simple.

There is a sublime3 port, but it does not start for some reason, so I tried installing the port you mentioned. That works indeed.
^R is sweet. Should suggest the Kate devs to add such.
However, sublime seems not to have split screen, a feature I cannot live without.

Regarding Kate, this is how it looks just now. When I tried it out first, I didn't think I would like it that much.
View attachment 4357
What I like with Kate too, is that it is the only editor (except of ancient Brief editor) I know of which is able to block mark, cut/copy and paste.
See the blue marked text block below the open menu. This is so convenient!
Kate is very cool as a graphic text editor. It has many features and coloring of syntax.
 

OJ

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#38
I use ne.

I always find this subject a little amusing. Coming from DOS I guess I'm a bit spoiled with the number of editors available. It seems in the *nix world, there are not so many, and they seem to be clones of one another. In any case, I've found editors/ne to be to my liking. The key strokes (eg ctrl-y, del line, and alt-y del to end) are familiar to me. The only thing I miss is the paragraph formatting (eg. Alt-B as used in Qedit). I don't write code, so for me the ability to use the arrow keys for formatting and re-formatting is the most important.
 

bookwormep

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#40
Agree with ILUXA on devel/geany. But, I have to tell you that I use so many (each with specialties)
that I end up with an array of editors like a toolbox full of favorites. Setups for FreeBSD installs; I started using the "ee" editor a long time ago - so that one stands out if I have to pick "most favorite."
 

azathoth

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#41
I would like to know which text editor you use in FreeBSD, I like vim very much to program, for very simple things I usually use nano.

Which one is your favorite?

PD: This does not try to be a flame "emacs vs vim" just a nice debate.
vi or ed
 

macondo

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#42
nano is my editor and wordprocessor.
 

Phishfry

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#46
I am a big fan of misc/ytree an xtree clone using ncurses.
With the shell there I use ee for editing. Shortcut of E with the file highlighted.
I edit my .chsrc to editor=ee as my first run setup chore.

The comma :q exit symbol of vim always messes me up. ee is just so simple to me. escape key for menu. Horray.
When I first came here I was glad we had nano in packages. But I found myself lost without nano in base. I really found the ee switch quite seemless.
Writing /editing dts files for Arm has proven it is good for 2K+ lines of code. The ee search function works nice and next search function is easy.
Shortcuts onscreen up on top is really the best for me. Maybe in a few years I will migrate down to vim.
Anything in base.