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The keyboard combination to display the current line number whilst you are using nano is CTRL+C. Alternatively, to display the line & column number position you could just use the -c parameter when launching nano i.e: nano -c [filename] To make this permanent, nano uses a configuration in your home folder ~/.nanorc Thus to display line numbers ...


Ctrl + W is the shortcut for searching. After entering the search term, press Enter. To repeat the search, issue Alt + W. In this menu, you can select earlier searches using the arrow up/ down keys. To toggle backwards searching, you need to press Alt + B in the search dialog. For more shortcuts, press F1


The nano editor provides syntax highlighting for a few languages and scripts by itself. Check out /usr/share/nano/ nits@nits-excalibur:~$ ls /usr/share/nano/ asm.nanorc fortran.nanorc man.nanorc ocaml.nanorc ruby.nanorc awk.nanorc gentoo.nanorc mgp.nanorc patch.nanorc sh.nanorc c.nanorc groff.nanorc mutt.nanorc perl....


Ctrl + G will let you read the help. nano can do some pretty nice things so you might want to pootle around in there for a bit. When you see ^G (et al) it means Ctrl + G. In the help pages, M-H means Alt + H. How can I open text files for editing? This is the default in nano. Open and file and you're set to start editing: nano filename Note: you won't ...


Yes you can, however the default syntax definitions are quite poor and incomplete. I'm maintaining a more accurate set of definitions here, for anyone who finds them useful. To install, run: git clone cd nanorc make install Add these lines to the ~/.nanorc include ~/.nano/syntax/html.nanorc include ~/.nano/syntax/css....


Ctrl + X will quit the editor and you will be asked if you want to save your changes. If you do, press Y for Yes. Ctrl + O should also work, since that means to save the file, but you won't be asked "Save modifier buffer ? " because you already told nano to save.


Type sudo update-alternatives --config editor You will get a text like below. There are 4 choices for the alternative editor (providing /usr/bin/editor). Selection Path Priority Status ------------------------------------------------------------ * 0 /bin/nano 40 auto mode 1 /bin/ed ...


nano does not support deleting a block of text, only cutting it (to the server's clipboard). Instead, if you are using Putty, do the following: Select the text you wish to copy to the clipboard with the mouse first -- this copies it to your local clipboard (i.e. Windows 7 clipboard), which nano can't touch: Then, select your block in nano and use Ctrl-K ...


Press the following keys in order, one at a time: F9 Activates the top menu. o Selects the Option menu. c Opens the configuration dialog. i Toggles the use internal edit option. s Saves your preferences.


Nano's undo code is experimental. As you'll see from the nano manual (type "man nano" in a Terminal to read that), you'll need to start nano with the -u option (so "nano -u somefile.txt"), and then you can use Alt-U to undo.


You can't select with mouse and delete text using nano editor. For faster delete you can use Ctrl + K to delete(cut) the present line of text. Note : Ctrl + K will cut the line of text. Using Ctrl + U you can paste it. EDIT: Additional Info from steeldriver You can select and cut something other than the current line using Ctrl-^ to mark the start of ...


From the nano Command Manual: -E, --tabstospaces Convert typed tabs to spaces. -T <#cols>, --tabsize=<#cols> Set the displayed tab length to #cols columns. The value of #cols must be greater than 0. The default value is 8. For four spaces, the appropriate command would therefore be nano -ET4. Consider creating a permanent alias.


I used this command to quickly enable all available languages. find /usr/share/nano/ -iname "*.nanorc" -exec echo include {} \; >> ~/.nanorc As mentioned in other answers, /usr/share/nano/ contains the definitions for different languages. $ ls /usr/share/nano asm.nanorc fortran.nanorc man-html ocaml.nanorc ruby.nanorc awk.nanorc ...


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He save the changes made through Ctrl+O which actually means Write Out while editing a file through nano. Where ^ means Ctrl. Note : You'll also have to press Enter to overwrite the existing file if it exists.


Starting with nano version 2.3.5 in July 2014, undo/redo became standard (-u no longer needed, but thanks @sil): Alt-U or Option-U - undo Alt-E or Option-E - redo It's in the help: And if you stretch the screen wider than about 1400 pixels, there's a hint at bottom right:


Yes you could save it temporarily to your home directory.Press Ctrl+O to change the path to your home directory or in /tmp and then press Enter to save it.Then you can sudo mv it. Press CTRL+O will show you the path.Change that to your home directory or /tmp.For example File Name to Write: /tmp/filename and press enter.


It is a nano emergency file where its buffer gets dumped. If your current file seems alright, you can delete the associated file. From nano manual notes: In some cases nano will try to dump the buffer into an emergency file. This will happen mainly if nano receives a SIGHUP or SIGTERM or runs out of memory. It will write the buffer into a ...


This is possible if .nano_history does not exist and you edit any file as root. Start a search action with Ctrl+W and .nano_history has the wrong ownership. sudo chown arthur-dent:arthur-dent /home/arthur-dent/.nano_history Later, the ownership of the file will not be changed. I've tested: % ls -l .nano_history ls: cannot access .nano_history: No such ...


Sadly, I don't think this is possible. I've found a thread where a nano developer said: Hi, I've searched high and low trying to find out if it's possible to navigate through the text with CTRL left/right-key to jump word by word... Unfortunately, no. Meta-Space and Ctrl-Space are the only keys to do that. This is because in ...


Run MC as usual. On the command line right above the bottom row of menu selections type "select-editor" without the quotes. This should open a menu with a list of all of your installed editors. This is working for me on all my current linux machines.


For more complex sequences of commands you should consider using the cat command with a here document. The basic format is command > file << END_TEXT some text here more text here END_TEXT There are two subtly different behaviors depending whether the END_TEXT label is quoted or unquoted: unquoted label: the contents are written after the usual ...


The problem is not that it does not apply to nano, it's that it does not apply to the shell: Just set the VISUAL environment variable: export VISUAL=vim Add this too ~/.bashrc to make it permanent. As you seem to use vim in general, set both VISUAL and EDITOR: export VISUAL="vim" export EDITOR="$VISUAL" or more POSIX-correct VISUAL="vim" ; export ...


If you want just to make your user use by default a different editor, add export EDITOR=vim; in your .profile (or wherever you keep your startup environment if using a shell different from bash). Log out, log in, check that the variable is set: [romano:~] % env | grep EDI EDITOR=vim and now all the programs that call an editor (and are well written) ...


In a nutshell: nano is simple, vim is powerful. If you only want to simply edit some textfiles, nano will be enough. In my opinion, vim is pretty advanced and complicated to use. You should expect some time to get into it before you're able to properly use it. Funny (but not too unrealistic) quote about vim: (source) I've been using vim for about 2 ...


If you also have unwanted backup files in subfolders, it gets a bit more difficult: find . -type f -name '*~' -delete


If the option "vim-style lock-files" is enables (set locking in nanorc), which is the case by default, nano creates a special so called "lock file" while you edit a file to indicate that the file is currently edited. Normally this file is removed when nano is closed, but that doesn't happen if you kill it by closing the terminal. Just remove the file /...


Either create .nanorc in your home folder, including: set tabsize 4 set tabstospaces or edit the system /etc/nanorc file.


nano of course can delete blocks, see this article use CTRL+Shift+6 to mark the beginning of your block move cursor with arrow keys to end of your block, the text will be highlighted. use CTRL+K to cut/delete block. To paste the block to another place, move cursor to the position and the use CTRL+U. You can paste the block as often as you want to.

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