I did a search for how to start gedit from the terminal. Answers were frustrating to say the least. Finally I happened on the idea of opening gedit with the system monitor on and look for new apps. Voilà. There was xed.

Here is the nearest solution: but it did not meet requirements. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/gedit

Just to clarify. I was looking for the line to allow me to create a keyboard shortcut.

  • Are you in a terminal window or a TTY? If a window for a non root gedit @con is essentially correct. If in a TTY on a server without a gui things will be a bit more difficult. – J. Starnes Dec 12 '17 at 4:26
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    Just to clarify. I was looking for the line to allow me to create a keyboard shortcut. – Magelican Dec 12 '17 at 4:31
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    Then you should edit your question. Because we were silly and believed you wanted to "start gedit from the terminal" :) – J. Starnes Dec 12 '17 at 5:20
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    If you feel that the answers are not answering your question, you must modify your question, so that we understand what you really want. Please tell us what you want and answer our questions to make us understand. Otherwise we can only guess and not really help you. – sudodus Dec 12 '17 at 7:23
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    Voted to close because xed is found in Linux Mint, not in *buntu. OP didn't feel like sharing this information. – DK Bose May 4 at 4:07

Gedit, as described in your link, is "Text Editor (gedit) is the default GUI text editor in the Ubuntu operating system.". If you're not starting gedit under the control of a GUI environment, (like a Ctrl-Alt-F1 terminal or a ssh connection) gedit will NOT work.

Ask the system about editors with man -k editor (returns 71 results on my system, YMMV), and ask the packaging system about editors with apt-cache search editor (418 results, YMMV).

If you'd describe what you mean by "from the terminal" more precisely, we could help more. For example, if you're connected via ssh, and running under a local GUI, man ssh and the -X or -Y options would be suggested.

What are you trying to do? If it's remote and simple, there are awk, sed, ed, editor, ex, nano, red, sed, vi, vim, or even emacs available.

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You're over thinking it.

To start gedit from the terminal, just type "gedit".

If you have any errors, print them here.

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  • I am now curious. Why did gedit not work? xed does seem odd. – Magelican Dec 12 '17 at 4:36
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    leave the error here when typing gedit on terminal – M.A.K. Ripon Dec 12 '17 at 4:37

In xubuntu 16.04 run xfce4-keyboard-settings. On the "Application Shortcut" tab click the "add" button. For the command paste /usr/share/applications/org.gnome.gedit.desktop, click "OK". In the next window press the key combo you prefer. Close the keyboard settings window.

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