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How to change the color of comments using nano or pico

Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS 64bits using bash I would like to change the color of the comments (Dark blue) for nano and pico I can change the color of pretty much every files and folders in /home/.dircolors ...
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How to change visudo editor from nano to vim? [duplicate]

When I use visudo, it always opens it with nano editor. How to change the editor to vim?
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Change the default editor when sudo visudo

When doing sudo visudo, the default editor is nano. I want to change it to vi or vim. I already made vim be the default application to replace gedit upon opening php, plain text, c and h files, by ...
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Why ubuntu has vi , emacs ,nano with os default?

I am new to ubuntu ..So basically an OS has an app for a purpose.. But ubuntu has three basic text-editors..like nano, vi, emacs ... So what is the reason for that? and what are the advantages and ...
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Nano edit, permission denied

I am trying to edit a index.php by using sudo nano index.php. Nano opens me into index.php, then i add the code into the file, save and try to exit but it says permission denied. I am using ssh ...
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Nano - insert content, save and exit

I'm currently working on making a text file of the whole process of setting up my server for my normal usage. And would like to know if there is any way to write a shell script so that I can make the ...
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How to delete selected text in nano editor? [duplicate]

How do I delete selected text in the nano editor? I came across this issue while needing to delete the virtual host file and replace its content completely by other content. But the problem is that I ...
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I am trying to save a file using the nano file editor in Ubuntu [Error writing /filename: Permission denied] [duplicate]

Using the Nano text editor, I'm trying to save and exit a file. I already have the file named. I click control+x to exit. I click y because I want to save the file, now it say file to write, Ok I'm ...
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Nano via the terminal, how to write special characters?

As the title says; Nano via the terminal, how to write special characters? I am having trouble trying to debug a UTF8 problem and would like to create a special character in a file via the terminal. ...
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MacBook: Nano keyboard shortcuts changed

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a MacBook Pro. In the terminal, I typed: sudo apt-get install nano nano When the text editor opens in the terminal, the keyboard shortcuts, e.g. ^X, do not ...
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Unable to view or edit etc/apt/sources.list

I am trying to follow these instructions to permit new updates of an opensource GIS software program to take place on my Ubuntu: http://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/alldownloads.html#ubuntu I used nano ...
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How to save a file using nano

I am trying to install Java via the terminal using the guide How to Install Oracle Java JRE on Ubuntu Linux. Everything went perfectly fine until "Step 11: Save the /etc/profile file and exit": I ...
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How can I enable syntax highlighting in a Python file without an extension?

Turning on syntax highlighting in Nano is simple enough but I've just run into a non-standard issue. I have an executable Python script that doesn't have an extension. It's part of a virtualenv ...
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How do I get back to nano after hitting Ctrl-Z if I have no shell prompt

I'm using nano inside a MATLAB session that is running inside a screen (-x) terminal. I accidentally hit Ctrl-Z and it immediately leaves nano, prints "Use "fg" to return to nano", but does not show ...
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Ubuntu 14 Upstart, Script Never Runs — No Log File

I apologize ahead of time if this has been answered, but Ive looked through all the other questions and havent found anything that helps. Here is my upstart script: nodeapps.conf start on [2345] ...
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How to find a keyword in “nano” editor in Ubuntu?

I am trying to find some keywords in a configuration file which is opened by nano editor, So can anyone help me to find keywords in this editor? Thank You.
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Getting root permissions on a file inside of nano?

I have completely the same problem as the guy in this question. So basically I am using nano somefile.txt editing it and then permissions denied because I forgot to use sudo. The only difference from ...
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Create , Write and Save file from a Shell script

I don't want to write the file manually, so I made a shell-script. Is there a way to write & save the file automatically without getting the user to press keys? sudo nano blah #write stuff to ...
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How to set nano default syntax highlighting for files with no extension?

I'm trying to set a 'default' syntax highlighting scheme for nano when I'm editing files with no extension such as /etc/nginx/sites-available/default or /etc/ssh/sshd_config but I can't seem to make ...
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Editing with Nano

Is it possible to edit an existing text file using only one line of command and Nano. For instance if I have a text file called "new.txt" and I want to write "HELLO WORLD" in it. Can I do like this: ...
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How can I highlight C syntax in CUDA (.cu) files in nano?

I've already highlighted C syntax for .c files in nano by adding include "usr/share/nano/c.nanorc" to ~/.nanorc. Unfortunately, this only works for .c files, not for .cu (CUDA) files. How can I ...
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Nano unresponsive when using git commit - Ubuntu 12.04

Can anyone provide some assistance with Nano? When I do a git commit -a -m "blah some text" it brings up the Nano editor, but the editor is completely unresponsive to my keyboard commands including ...
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making nano always run as sudo by default

my problem is that i keep forgetting to write sudo before every time i use nano, and eventually what happens is i work on a file for a while and don't have permissions. i remember hearing somewhere ...
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Delete total line in nano?

some times while I am editing my files with nano I am facing difficulty while deleting some big line, I need to hold Del key for long time. is there any shortcut I can found to delete the total line ...
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Problem with Qjackctl

I am struggling with Qjackctl. One of the things that was suggested on a youtube video was to create a nano file and put in this code: @audio - rtprio -99 ...
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How to jump into the needed lines in a document using nano?

I want to jump through lines faster in ubuntu 12.04 server. For example my errorlog shows me an error in line 514, how can I jump to the line directly using nano or pico ? If it's not possible, how to ...
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What music player works with ipod nano 7th generation?

Does anyone know of a music player that supports the ipod nano 7g? I know amarok doesn't, and I haven't had any success playing around with rhythm box or banshee. Any suggestions for how to get these ...
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Undo functionality in nano

I use the commmand line text editor nano. How do I undo an action while editing text? For example: I typed some text and then changed my mind. Now I want to return to previous state. How?
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edit text file with sudo via ssh and script

I want to modify /etc/hosts (and later also hostname) via a script and ssh. So I'm logged in via ssh and this works: sudo nano /etc/hosts It shows the remote hosts file in nano. However I was ...
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How do I remove hidden backup files?

I have files ending in ~ in my home directory, and I want to delete them. How do I do that? How do I prevent this backup functionality?
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nano syntax highlighting not working for all languages [duplicate]

I have a funny situation where I am unable to add custom highlighting definitions to my nano text editor. The funny thing is that the predefined work like a charm and can be edited. But I have ...
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How can I configure nano to save every 10 seconds?

I need to have my nano editor autosave every 10 seconds or some specific time period. How can I achieve this ?
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txt file and linebreaks

I used antiword >filename.txt To convert a .doc word document to a txt file. Then I edited the file in nano (also tried vim) and when the document is viewed in libre office and gvim or even text ...
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Nano Syntax Highlighting Colors

Where can I find a complete list of supported colors used in syntax highlighting for the GNU Nano text editor? I've looked through the man pages, and it gave the syntax for defining syntax coloring, ...
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How can I change the keyboard shortcuts in nano?

To indent a whole block of code in nano, after selecting it with alt+a, I have to press alt+{, which doesn't work on my german layout macintosh keyboard (and would be pretty annoying even if it did). ...
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Accents - Nano editor

i am using NANO as my everyday text editor. I'm using an old laptop, so NANO it's fast, lightweight, and saves me battery. The only problem is the fact i can't use Special Characters and accents. For ...
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How do I paste text using the Mindterm Java SSH client on an Amazon EC2 Ubuntu server?

I am using windows and is connecting to an ubuntu server I want to add this line to a text file /dev/xvdf       /mnt1   auto    defaults,nobootwait     0       0 obviously I prefer to copy and ...
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How do I delete multiple lines in nano without affecting the clipboard?

I can select all file by going to the 1st line Alt+\, start marking the text by Alt+A, go to the last line by Alt+/ But there, I don't know which key to remove the selected text. Hit delete doesn't ...
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installing eclipse, stuck

Noob here, setting up my first linux box. I'm following this page to install eclipse I get to the part where it says to save the nano file - but it's asking me for a file name and I don't know what ...
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Editing with nano, Alt is caught by the window menus, how can I fix that?

The Alt key is used for many useful commands, but unfortunately it's caught by the terminal window to activate the window menus (File, Edit, ...). I would like to either force the terminal window to ...
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How do I enable syntax highlighting in nano?

Can nano do syntax highlighting like gedit and vim? How can I enable it? I need at least bash and python syntax highlights.
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How to show line numbering in nano when opening a file

Is there a way to tell nano to automatically show line numbering each time I open a file.
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Update Geany to use Nano shortcuts

I use Geany a lot for editing, but ultimately use nano far more often. While navigating nano I use Ctrl+K and Ctrl+U key combo all the time (Cut/Paste). Yes, I understand there is Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V ...
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How to edit files in a terminal with nano?

Sometimes, a graphical text editor like gedit or kate cannot be used (because you're in a virtual console for example). Luckily, there are text editors for the terminal. An easy one is nano, but I ...
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Bind Ctrl+Right to nextword in nano (as it is in all other apps)

And likewise Ctrl+Left to prevword. I read the man page of nanorc and found bind key function menu So the line bind ^Left prevword main would be what I want, the problem is that nano only ...
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Getting error with spell check in nano

I am getting the following error while doing spell check in nano editor. Please help to resolve this. Spell checking failed: Error invoking "spell": Bad file descriptot
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Any way to search for text within nano?

Nano is the editor I use in command prompts. When I open a large file I would like to search for some text (think Ctrl + F). Is there a way to do this?
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How do I get spaces instead of tabs in nano?

I usually edit Python files with nano, so I need four spaces instead of a tab. How can I get nano to automatically insert spaces for tabs, and control how many of them it inserts?
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How do I copy music from ipod nano to computer (Banshee)

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.04. My Nano syncs fine with Banshee. How do I copy the music already on the Nano onto my computer? There doesn't seem to be an option to do this within Banshee. ...
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How to switch the editor in mc (midnight commander) from nano to mcedit?

Using ubuntu 10.10 the editor in mc (midnight commander) is nano. How can i switch to the internal mc editor (mcedit)?