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How do I open a text file in my terminal?

There is a file named RESULTS.txt and I want to open this file in my terminal. (I mean I want to see the file contents be displayed in the terminal and not in some text editor) How do I do that ?
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What's the easiest way to get started with LaTeX?

I'd like to learn and use LaTeX on Ubuntu. What packages do I need? What is the best editor for LaTeX code on Ubuntu for a new LaTeX user? I'd also like the ability to see the code in one pane and ...
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4answers
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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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5answers
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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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8answers
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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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text editors in ubuntu? vim vs. emac vs. nano [closed]

I was wondering the difference between these text editors and which is best used with ubuntu? What are each of them good for? Are there better ones?
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4answers
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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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1answer
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Command to append line to a text file without opening an editor

Assuming i have a line that i want to add to a file without opening an editor. How could i append this line alias list='ls -cl --group-directories-first' to this file config.fish
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6answers
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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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8answers
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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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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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What are some good PHP editors? [closed]

I'm currently using PhpStorm by Idea JetBrains, but its buggy and I'm really looking for something that will allow me to get work done without too much hassle. Please limit one IDE/Editor an answer.
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Markdown, LaTeX combined in WYSIWYG editor. Is there any?

I really like the way markdown is implemented in SE bunch of sites, where I can easily write code blocks, performing formatting or even use latex on some of sites like writing $\pi$. I also like how ...
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2answers
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gedit modelines – What are they? How do they work?

There is a gedit plugin called Modelines and the plugin is described as Emacs, Kate and Vim-style modelines support for gedit. What are modelines? And how do they work in gedit?
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0answers
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Good text editor for Ruby on Rails programming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good text editor for developing code on? I'm trying to find a text editor that I can use for doing Ruby on Rails development. I have been using TextMate on my ...
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7answers
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True column-mode (block-selection and editing) text editor solution?

In windows, I used to use a text editor called crimson editor which featured the best column-mode editing support I have yet to use. When enabled via a simple Alt-C shortcut, selections could be made ...
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2answers
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Is there any text-editor which support Markdown (Ask Ubuntu style) editing?

Is there any text editor which supports Markdown (Ask Ubuntu style formatting) which can be used to write questions or answers while you are offline?
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2answers
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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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2answers
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How to use Sublime Text 2 as Quickly default editor?

I used this answer to change the editor used with quickly and it worked, however now,when I type quickly edit the command line stays on the open and does not allow me to enter other commands as long ...
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Save an edited file in nano, but no permissions

I edited a file in /etc/ that I want to save, but forgot to open it using sudo. I remember there was a command to save such a file in vi, and want to know if there is any such way to do it in nano? ...
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4answers
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What program can I use to convert text into binary numbers?

I need a GUI application that shows the binary representation of text, using binary numbers, not hexadecimal numbers. Any suggestions? For example, the program should convert the text Hi to 1001000 ...
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2answers
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How Do I update Sublime Text 2?

I have Sublime Text 2 installed and I have it configured to my liking. There is a newer version of Sublime Text 2, but I have put off downloading it since I do not want to loose my configuration. I ...
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How can I change the encoding of a subtitle file?

I downloaded a Greek subtitle for a movie, and this is what I see when I open it with Gedit. Subtitle works great on VLC, all perfect. But what if I want to edit this subtitle with some Greek ...
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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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2answers
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How to make text file created in Ubuntu compatible with Windows Notepad?

Sometime I have to use the text files created in Ubuntu using editors like gedit, nano, vi, emacs or others, in Windows. So basically when ever I create a text file in Ubuntu I append the extension ...
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1answer
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Vim: Move left at the beginning of a line should go to above line

In usual text editors, when you move your cursor left at the beginning of a line, the cursor goes up at the end of the above line. Is it possible to get this behavior in Vim?
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3answers
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Using the Evolution with an external editor?

I seek for using LibreOffice Writer or a similar tool as a mail composer and reader in the Evolution. In Windows Outlook I have used Microsoft Word directly for writing mails. Evolution default ...
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Is there a text editor for the command line that uses the same keys as Notepad on Windows?

I'm used to work in Windows environment and are used to the commands in Notepad e.g. CtrlS for save, CtrlC for copy and so on. On Ubuntu it's handy to work directly in the command line, e.g. as with ...
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6answers
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Open application to edit text files from the command line

When installing the TextWrangler in OSX you also get an edit command which allows you to open any text file from the command line. Is it possible to have a similar functionality in Ubuntu to type ...
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8answers
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Cloning Textmate's functionality with Vim

Tips and advice on how to clone Textmate's functionality in Ubuntu. I've done some research on this in the past and I know this information is valuable to the community.
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2answers
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Batch editor for text or html files?

is there a tool that can help me to batch edit text files in a certain folder? I need to delete or insert snippets repeatedly in lots of html files and restructure them. Thanks in advance!
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1answer
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Markdown (md) and reStructuredText (rst) editor

I am in search of a simple WYSIWYG / Rich Text editor which can save the file in Markdown or reStructuredText format. Preferrably both. Is there such a tool which runs on Ubuntu? Thank you.
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3answers
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What plaintext editor with math symbols integration is available?

I am looking for a text-editor with full unicode-math support. Plaintext math entered and rendered properly. I am not expecting typographical features and symbol-repositioning like LaTeX, but at least ...
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3answers
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Hitting arrow keys adds characters in vi editor [duplicate]

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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Please recommend a hex editor for shell

Can you recommend a hex editor that can be run from shell? I need to be able to edit not only view the content.
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4answers
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Text editor that can wrap text in predefined HTML tags like Notepad++

I'm new to Ubuntu and am trying to figure out some things. In Notepad++ it is possible to use WebEdit plugin and define keyboard shortcuts for different HTML tags. E. g. "Ctrl + p" can wrap the text ...
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3answers
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Overlay text editor?

I find myself often taking quick notes. E.g. jotting down what files I have edited etc, or a quick reminder. For this I just have a gedit window open to which I alt + tab, and then apply "always on ...
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How to paste text from Vim editor to browser?

I need to copy text from vim to web browser since I'm not able to use gedit as I'm opening an sql file. How do I get this done?
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4answers
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Is there a SubEthaEdit-like text editor?

Is there a network-synchronized multi-user IDE available in the Ubuntu repositories? If so, how did you find out about it? This is not the sort of thing that has an easy-to-search-for name...
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3answers
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Is there a gedit plugin that adds search features?

I'm hoping to add search and replace within selection and search within files. Having a search option in the context menu would also be handy.
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2answers
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How do I stop XML Copy Editor from crashing when opening a file? [closed]

I tried installing XML Copy Editor, and whenever I try to open an XML file in it, it crashes. It seems like it just shuts off, as though I clicked close, because it doesn't generate and error log. How ...
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Looking for code editor software with following functionalities

I am looking for a text editor with the following functionalities for php, html and css coding: code folding based on indentation (best example is EditPlus) start at an indentation level and stop ...
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1answer
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Cream is a tweaked version of VIM. Does Cream lack any of VIM's power?

I've very recently started trialing VIM, and I like what it can do, but its unfamiliar keybindings and modes of operation are daunting. I want that sort of power in a Text-Editor... but if I don't ...
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3answers
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How do I create a file?

I'm following instructions about Installing and setting TFTPD in Ubuntu. It asks to Create /etc/xinetd.d/tftp and put this entry: service tftp { protocol = udp port = 69 ...
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1answer
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Setting up Latex with Texmaker

I want to setup latex environment on Ubuntu 12.04 64bit Machine. As I am making a backup system for Windows 7 machine. I have installed the latest version of Texmaker 3.3.4. Now I want to know which ...
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1answer
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Best text editor for Linux [closed]

What is the best text editor for ubuntu, mostly used for web development. Or a good all-round software like a IDE.
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1answer
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GUI for the diction tool

I just stumbled upon the excellent diction tool. It's great to check the writing style of my LaTeX files, the problem is, however, I can only use it through the command line. The output, while being ...
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Change default application to open file in Oneiric [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where is “open with…” in Nautilus? In Oneiric, the "Open with other application..." menu in Nautilus only allows to select one of the predefined ...
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Suggest an advanced text editor for Ubuntu [duplicate]

I am looking for a text editor with advanced capabilities. For example; I should be able to expand and collapse xml codes/sections (or c/c++ sections) easily. Something similar notepad++ for windows. ...
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3answers
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VIM text editor not found

I recently started to use ubuntu to program - University standards. I was checking out different text editors and tried to install VIM through Ubuntu Software Centre. Everything went fine and I got it ...