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What are the alternatives to Notepad++ on Ubuntu?

I use Notepad++ on Windows 7 and I want to know if there is a good substitution for it on Ubuntu. I want something that is good for editing html files.
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Write edited contents of file to stdout

I need a visual text editor that can be used as follows - the example will not work but illustrates the point. gpg2 -d x.gpg | gedit -w - | gpg2 -e -o x.gpg This command will allow me to decrypt a ...
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transparent plain text writing program [duplicate]

Is there any way to make the text and the Gedit window transparent, in order to can see the window behind it? If the text is not possible to be transparent, maybe at least the rest of Gedit window? Is ...
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Find and replace text within multiple files

I want to know how I can find and replace a specific text in multiple files like in Notepad++ in the linked tutorial. e.g.: http://cybernetnews.com/find-replace-multiple-files/
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Hitting arrow keys adds characters in vi editor

When I tried to use arrow keys in insert mode in vi editor the following characters are being inserted in the editor: for ↓ I get B, for ↑ I get A, for ← I get D, for → I get C. Please help me in ...
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Text editor capable of running complex Regular Expressions?

I want to find a text editor capable of running and mainly storing regular expressions for later re-use. It should also be able to run them across multiple files. I know I can get all that with grep, ...
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Column select in Mousepad?

Mousepad is the default text editor of Xubuntu. Is there a column select mode in Mousepad? How can I enable it?
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“git config --list” command not showing complete list, is the configuration incomplete?

I have installed git with command: sudo apt-get install git I even set the username and email in git config using this: $ git config --global user.name "John Doe" $ git config --global user.email ...
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gedit - wrap text with character boxes

I use gedit for pure text writing (I mean not coding). To highlight chapters in the text I wrap with "+" boxes likes: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Title goes here ...
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Editing files on server through SSH

I'm working on a web application and all of it's files are on a linux server, which I am accessing through SSH. Is there a way to edit these files in a text editor other than vim or nano through SSH, ...
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Minimal terminal editor alternative to vi and nano

What terminal/console mode alternatives to vi/vim and nano are available? I am looking for minimal, good looking and friendly text mode editor for complete newbies with PC. I remember I've seen ...
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Default [GUI] Text editor in Ubuntu, without touching defaults.list or setting default program for each individual file extension

While the question of how one can change the default text editor is one that got asked at least a couple of times around here, I am looking for an answer that respects the following restrictions: ...
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How to fix JavaScript with Brackets

I'm new to Ubuntu and I have this problem when I start an HTML file and then want to add a JavaScript script to it, Brackets shows errors even when everything is correct. If I get the code and just ...
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How to stop Gedit, Gvim, Vim, Nano from adding End-of-File newline char?

Sometimes I want the last line of a text file to be a simple string of text with no newline character appended: ...eg. to concatenate another file to it. Several editors automatically modify my ...
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A plain text viewer which can hide lines that meet specified regexps

Each time I've been looking for "something I don't know exactly what" in big text file, e.g. log-file, huge shell script, I wish to hide all the lines of certain types. I wish to select certain lines ...
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encrypting text editor

Is there an encrypting text editor for ubuntu? In other words, the text editor, preferably GUI capable, should always save an encrypted file and always prompt for the password to re-open the file. ...
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Why is there a line length limit in Kate?

In Kate, KDE's text editor, and other editors too I'm sure, sometimes files will not open correctly because of this line length limit. Why is it there? Is it safe to set this to an extreme number or ...
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How to install the latest stable version of 'Mars Eclipse' on machine running on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

I'm a PHP developer and I'm using SublimeText editor for PHP coding on my machine that runs on Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS(64-bit) operating system. I don't have installed any software related to ...
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Text editor that has special characters

I am looking for a text editor for any type of ubuntu, that has a wide variety of symbols or special characters that I can use in the text editor. Thanks.
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Atom text editor; Shortcuts for moving to bottom of file, moving to end of line

How do I move to the bottom of a file, top of a file, end of a line and beginning of a line in the Atom text editor (atom.io)? I can not find any shortcuts for that text editor. Only shortcuts for ...
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How do I make Sublime Text 3 the default text editor [duplicate]

I'd like to replace gedit, and use Sublime Text 3 as my default text editor for all text files on my Ubuntu system. Can you let me know how do I go about making this change?
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Set VSCode as Default Text Edtior

Is there a way to set VSCode as the default text editor? I'd like to have it be default when opening a file from the command window and when using the files app. When I right click on a file and ...
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How to get .ris files to open with a different program than text/plain files?

I have some files with a .ris extension. I would like these to be opened in a program called JabRef. When I right click on them and look at properties it says "plain text document (text/plain)". I ...
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Changing default crontab editor

I am trying to change the default editor from nano to vim. I have run the following commands: sudo update-alternatives --config editor and update-alternatives --config editor Both now output: ...
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Compile and run extension for Notepadqq?

In our college we use a Windows-based text editor, TextPad, to compile and run Java programs using shortcuts: CTRL+1 to save & compile CTRL+3 to run the program At home, instead, I use ...
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Text editor to edit 4.3 GB plain text file

Is there any text editor, which can edit such file? I've tried: gedit kate nano vim mcedit without success.
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Is the terminal window a text editor?

Exactly what the title asks. Is the terminal window a text editor, can it be used as one, and if not then which are some good ones to install?
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Equivalent text editor to MS-DOS Editor

While I respect the power and flexibility of emacs, vim, etc, I miss MS-DOS Editor. It's very simple to use, has a nice color display and a menu system which, if I remember correctly, you could ...
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What editor is as good as TextPad for compiling and running Java programs?

I want an editor that is as good as TextPad (for Windows) for compiling and running Java programs on Ubuntu 12.04. Please suggest one.
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What's a text editor for Linux that can compile and run without the use of Terminal? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a text editor that can compile and run .java files directly, without having to use javac filename.java and java filename. Something similar would be Textpad for Windows, which uses ...
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How do I find out what my default terminal text editor is? [duplicate]

While reading the git introductory material, I read a piece that brought this question to mind. How do I use the Terminal to find out what my Default Text Editor is? Are there a General Commands ...
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`kate` tab does not have any color

kate tab plugin: http://kate-editor.org/2011/04/25/kates-tab-bar-plugins/ 1) On Ubuntu 14.04, does anyone know why the tab color cannot be changed? (I can see the option Highlight Tab is available, ...
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ctrl only partially working on a Logitech K290

I've got a Logitech keyboard K290 and I've got a lot of troubles with its ctrl keys. They will both work under most programs (e.g., right now under chrome, rhythmbox and - crucially! - gedit), but not ...
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Is there any text editor which supports Markdown (Ask Ubuntu's formatting style)?

Is there any text editor with support for Markdown (formatting syntax used by Ask Ubuntu) which can be used to write questions or answers while you are offline?
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Is Bluefish text editor compatible for Xfce(GKT2)?

I like Bluefish text editor but want to make sure it doesn't have a huge set of libraries that will swamp my small computer. I'm using Xubuntu 13.10.
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Centre, left and right align text in GIMP

I am running Ubuntu 14.10, and GIMP 2.8. And I was wondering if there is any way of left aligning, right aligning, or centring text in GIMP? As this would be something very useful and is included in ...
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like pluma or gedit with spell-check

I am a lousy speller. I like using pluma, and gedit because they open fast, and do just about everything I need. but automatic spell-check would be very nice. I can copy paste into online ...
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No menu in TeXstudio

I wonder why I don't see the menu on the top of the page (File Edit ... Help). I have just updated it from 2.9.4 to 2.10.2. Is there something I can do to make the menu appear? As a non computer ...
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NFO files creator

I'm looking for a linux application to create NFO files, not a video &/or audio specialized one like MediaInfo, but a multidomain one, ASCII or not, GUI if possible, otherwise command line. A text ...
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Code editor with SSH/SFTP support and synchronization

I'm looking for a robust code editor that could work with remote server using SSH/SFTP and edit files on-the-fly with ability to compare content before writing it to the remote file system (in order ...
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How can I compile a C program file which I created using the Libre Office editor?

I'm new to Linux and I need some help! I am trying to compile the code taken from this post to the linux-kernel mailing list. I have pasted the file into Libre Office and saved it as pairing_tool.c ...
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How to change font of code in PyCharm?

PyCharm Community Edition 3.1.3 on Ubuntu Gnome 14.04. Can't find where to change the font of code in PyCharm. File > Settings > Editor > Colors & Fonts > Font > Editor Font is ...
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Deleting duplicate lines in text file…?

Complete noobie question --- How can I delete duplicate lines in a text file via command prompt? For Example- I have a 10MB text file and I want to keep only one line of "My line", but somewhere in ...
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How to enter timestamp inside .txt files automaticall? [duplicate]

I am moving to Ubuntu from Windows. I am used to pressing F5 on notepad in windows, which prints a timestamp in the .txt file. I am looking for an Ubuntu solution to this problem: Give me an editor, ...
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gedit flashes on ubuntu

I am having a problem every time I try to open gedit. The txt file opens and starts to flash. I cannot control it and I cannot see the content of the txt document. The only way out is to press Alt + ...
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Changing file's properties so you could only add text to it, is it possible?

Is it possible to make deleting text from a text file impossible while still being able to add text to it? For example, let's say i have a text file with these three letters in it : A B C How can ...
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graphical text editor that can filter text through shell commands?

I used to use NEdit as a graphical text editor, but lately it no longer works right due to lack of maintenance. So I am looking for a replacement. Is there any graphical text editor that can send a ...
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Text editor for translation of texts without Java?

Is there an editor, preferable with GTK support, no JAVA (OmegaT looks ugly, or am I wrong?), to translate texts like in Swordfish under linux? Or is there a simple editor solution, like a plugin for ...
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Update TexStudio

I'm using TexStudio on Ubuntu 14.04. I installed it via the Synaptic package manager. I noticed that the most recent version in synaptic is 2.6.6 but on texstudio's website they show their current ...
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How can a .key file with UCS2 (2-byte Unicode) encoding be opened?

Is there any way I can read the contents of that file? It's key file of WebStorm. I'm migrating from Ubuntu to one of it's fork (ElementaryOS) and I need to use the registered version which I used on ...