Lightweight text editor

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at
Mon Aug 24 13:27:15 BST 2009

Dotan Cohen posted on Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:06:39 +0300 as excerpted:

>> doesn't kwrite use the kate part. I liked kedit but it appears that is
>> gone now.
> At least the Kwrite interface is less busy than Kate's. That is what is
> important to this user. He was a Kedit user in KDE 3.

Heh, you could set him up with nano in a konsole window.

Or get even /more/ spartan and teach him sed, no interactive UI at all! 

(FWIW, years ago now, back on Mandrake around the 2002 or 2003 time 
frame, I once had library loading issues and had to recover my system 
using sed, the only editor I could get to work!  I hadn't had to use a 
line editor interface or similar as a primary editor since I was in high 
school back in the mid 80s!  Luckily, I had a copy of Linux in a Nutshell 
beside me, and could rely on its appendix on sed, plus knowing the 
general idea from back in high school, for enough basics to do what 
needed to be done.  Later I found out that Mandrake, which I was using at 
the time, had a statically linked vim-lite or some such, for just such 
recovery issues, but I didn't know it at the time.  And while I /had/ 
learned a bit of vi from the book Running Linux (those two books 
jumpstarted my Linux adventure, BTW, **WELL** worth the $100 or so 
combined I spent on them, I updated my Linux in a Nutshell once already 
since then, and need to do it again), had I not had that, sed would have 
been less confusing than vi anyway.  So yeah, I know what of I speak when 
I suggest sed as a standard file editor, as I've actually had to use it 
that way!)

Well, you /said/ you wanted basic!  Of course, you also said you wanted a 
KDE app.  There used to be a kvim app, IIRC, tho I don't know if it's 
available for kde4.  Maybe we need a ksed, which should fit the bill.  Or 
maybe the fact that it's running in konsole is enough to qualify it as a 
KDE app?

Of course, you could also use cat and echo redirection.  That's about as 
basic as it gets these days, I suppose, as the tools to directly peak and 
poke individual bytes or even bits are pretty well gone, unless you go 
specialized programmer tools, of course.

Duncan - List replies preferred.   No HTML msgs.
"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master."  Richard Stallman

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