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pico(1) 						      General Commands Manual							   pico(1)

       pico - simple text editor in the style of the Pine Composer

       pico [-f] [+n] [-nn] [-t] [-v] [-w] [-z] [file]

       Pico is a simple, display-oriented text editor based on the Pine message system composer.  As with Pine, commands are displayed at the bot-
       tom of the screen, and context-sensitive help is provided.  As characters are typed they are immediately inserted into the  text.   Editing
       commands are entered using control-key combinations.  As a work-around for communications programs that swallow certain control characters,
       you can emulate a control key by pressing ESCAPE twice, followed by the desired control character, e.g. "ESC ESC c" would be equivalent	to
       entering a ctrl-c.  The editor has five basic features: paragraph justification, searching, block cut/paste, a spelling checker, and a file

       Paragraph justification (or filling) takes place in the paragraph that contains the cursor, or, if the cursor  is  between  lines,  in  the
       paragraph  immediately  below.  Paragraphs are delimited by blank lines, or by lines beginning with a space or tab.  Unjustification can be
       done immediately after justification using the control-U key combination.

       String searches are not sensitive to case.  A search begins at the current cursor position and wraps around the end of the text.  The  most
       recent search string is offered as the default in subsequent searches.

       Blocks  of  text  can be moved, copied or deleted with creative use of the command for mark (ctrl-underscore), delete (ctrl-k) and undelete
       (ctrl-u).  The delete command will remove text between the "mark" and the current cursor position, and place it in the "cut"  buffer.   The
       undelete command effects a "paste" at the current cursor position.

       The  spell  checker  examines all words in the text.  It then offers, in turn, each misspelled word for correction while highlighting it in
       the text.  Spell checking can be cancelled at any time.	Alternatively, pico will substitute for the default spell checking routine a  rou-
       tine defined by the SPELL environment variable.	The replacement routine should read standard input and write standard output.

       The  file browser is offered as an option in the "Read File" and "Write Out" command prompts.  It is intended to help in searching for spe-
       cific files and navigating directory hierarchies.  Filenames with sizes and names of directories in the current working directory are  pre-
       sented for selection.  The current working directory is displayed on the top line of the display while the list of available commands takes
       up the bottom two.  Several basic file manipulation functions are supported:  file renaming, copying, and deletion.

       More specific help is available in pico's online help.

       -f     Use function keys for commands.  This option supported only in conjunction with UW Enhanced NCSA telnet.

       +n     Causes pico to be started with the cursor located n lines into the file. (Note: no space between "+" sign and number)

       -nn    The -nn option enables new mail notification.  The n argument is optional, and specifies how often,  in  seconds,  your  mailbox	is
	      checked  for new mail.  For example, -n60 causes pico to check for new mail once every minute.  The default interval is 180 seconds,
	      while the minimum allowed is 30. (Note: no space between "n" and the number)

       -t     Enable "tool" mode.  Intended for when pico is used as the editor within other tools (e.g., Elm, Pnews).	Pico will not  prompt  for
	      save on exit, and will not rename the buffer during the "Write Out" command.

       -v     View the file only, disallowing any editing.

       -w     Disable word wrap (thus allow editing of long lines).

       -z     Enable ^Z suspension of pico.

       Lastly,	when  a running pico is disconnected (i.e., receives a SIGHUP), pico will save the current work if needed before exiting.  Work is
       saved under the current filename with ".save" appended.	If the current work is unnamed, it is saved under the filename "".

       The manner in which lines longer than the display width are dealt is not immediately obvious.  Lines that continue beyond the edge  of  the
       display are indicated by a '$' character at the end of the line.  Long lines are scrolled horizontally as the cursor moves through them.

Files	Unnamed interrupted work saved here.
       *.save		Interrupted work on a named file is saved here.

       Michael Seibel,
       Laurence Lundblade,
       Pico was originally derived from MicroEmacs 3.6, by Dave G. Conroy.
       Pico is a trademark of the University of Washington.
       Copyright 1989-1994 by the University of Washington.

See Also
       Source distribution (part of the Pine Message System):

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