KATE(1) KDE User's Manual KATE(1)
kate - Advanced text editor for KDE
kate [-s, --start name] [--startanon] [-n, --new] [-b, --block] [-p, --pid pid] [-e,
--encoding name] [-l, --line line] [-c, --column column] [-i, --stdin] [-u, --use]
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Kate is the KDE Advanced Text Editor.
Kate also provides the editor part for various applications, under the name KWrite.
Some of Kate's many features include configurable syntax highlighting for languages
ranging from C and C++ to HTML to bash scripts, the ability to create and maintain
projects, a multiple document interface (MDI), and a self-contained terminal emulator.
But Kate is more than a programmer's editor. Its ability to open several files at once
makes it ideal for editing UNIX(R)'s many configuration files. This document was written
-s, --start name
Start Kate with a given session.
Start Kate with a new anonymous session, implies -n.
Force start of a new Kate instance (is ignored if start is used and another Kate
instance already has the given session opened), forced if no parameters and no URLs
are given at all.
If using an already running Kate instance, block until it exits, if URLs given to
-p, --pid pid
Only try to reuse kate instance with this pid (is ignored if start is used and another
Kate instance already has the given session opened).
-e, --encoding name
Set encoding for the file to open
You can use this to force a file opened in utf-8 format, for instance. (The command
iconv -l provides a list of encodings, which may be helpful to you.)
-l, --line line
Navigate to this line
-c, --column column
Navigate to this column
Read the contents of stdin
Use an already running Kate instance; default, only for compatibility
More detailed user documentation is available from help:/kate (either enter this URL into
Konqueror, or run khelpcenter help:/kate).
There is also further information available at the Kate website.
To open a file named source.cpp at column 15, line 25, in an existing Kate window, you
kate -c 15 -l
25 -u source.cpp
If you have an active internet connection, you can take advantage of KDE's network
transparency to open a file from an ftp site. If you do not have write permission on the
remote server, the file will be opened read only and you will be prompted for a local
filename to save to if you make changes. If you do have write permission, changes will be
saved transparently over the network.
The maintainer of Kate is Christoph Cullmann<email@example.com>. A comprehensive list of
authors and contributors is available in the complete user manual mentioned above.
Lauri Watts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
1. the Kate website
K Desktop Environment 2010-10-06 KATE(1)