NEdit - Text Editor
nedit [-read] [-create] [-line n | +n] [-server] [-do command] [-tags file] [-tabs n]
[-wrap] [-nowrap] [-autowrap] [-autoindent] [-noautoindent] [-autosave] [-noautosave] [-lm
languagemode] [-rows n] [-columns n] [-font font] [-geometry geometry] [-iconic]
[-noiconic] [-display [host]:server[.screen]] [-xrm resourcestring] [-svrname name]
[-import file] [-background color] [-foreground color] [-V] [-version] [file...]
NEdit is a standard GUI (Graphical User Interface) style text editor for programs and
plain-text files. It provides mouse based editing and a streamlined editing style, based
on popular Macintosh and MS Windows editors, for users of X workstations and X terminals.
Open the file read-only regardless of the actual file protection.
Don't warn about file creation when a file doesn't exist.
-line n, +n
Go to line number n.
Designate this session as an NEdit server, for processing commands from the nc(1) pro-
gram. nc(1) can be used to interface NEdit to code development environments, mailers,
etc., or just as a quick way to open files from the shell command line without start-
ing a new NEdit session.
Execute an NEdit macro or action. On each file following the -do argument on the com-
mand line. -do is particularly useful from the nc(1) program, where `nc -do' can
remotely execute commands in an nedit -server session.
Load a file of directions for finding definitions of program subroutines and data
objects. The file must be of the format generated by Exuberant Ctags, or the standard
Unix ctags(1) command.
Set tab stops every n characters.
Wrap long lines at the right edge of the window rather than continuing them past it.
(Continuous Wrap mode)
Wrap long lines when the cursor reaches the right edge of the window by inserting new-
lines at word boundaries. (Auto Newline Wrap mode)
Maintain a running indent.
Maintain a backup copy of the file being edited under the name ~filename (on Unix) or
_filename (on VMS).
Initial language mode used for editing succeeding files.
Default height in characters for an editing window.
Default width in characters for an editing window.
-font font, -fn font
Font for text being edited. Font for menus and dialogs can be set with -xrm
-geometry geometry, -g geometry
The initial size and/or location of editor windows. The argument geometry has the
where `<width>' and `<height>' are the desired width and height of the window, and
`<xoffset>' and `<yoffset>' are the distance from the edge of the screen to the win-
dow, + for top or left, - for bottom or right. -geometry can be specified for individ-
ual files on the command line.
Initial window state for succeeding files.
The name of the X server to use. host specifies the machine, server specifies the dis-
play server number, and screen specifies the screen number. host or screen can be
omitted and default to the local machine, and screen 0.
-background color, -bg color
Background color. The background color for text can be set separately with -xrm
-foreground color, -fg color
Foreground color. The foreground color for text can be set separately with -xrm
Set the value of an X resource to override a default value.
When starting nedit in server mode, name the server, such that it responds to requests
only when nc(1) is given a corresponding -svrname argument. By naming servers, you
can run several simultaneously, and direct files and commands specifically to any one.
Loads an additional preferences file on top of the existing defaults saved in your
.nedit file. To incorporate macros, language modes, and highlight patterns and styles
written by other users, run nedit with -import <file>, then re-save your .nedit file
with Preferences->Save Defaults.
Prints version and build information, to be mentioned when reporting bugs and prob-
lems. Also prints credits and license information.
NEdit requires an X-based workstation or X-Terminal. If you have used telnet or
rlogin to access the host Unix system, set the Unix environment variable for your dis-
% setenv DISPLAY devicename:0
NEdit stores a few files in a user's home directory:
The general configuration file. Do not edit this file by hand.
A file that can contain a number of macro statements and subroutines. The statements
will be executed when a NEdit server starts, the subroutines will be loaded for later
The list of recently opened files. Do not edit this file by hand.
For more information see NEdit's online help, or nedit.doc in the NEdit distribution kit.
NEdit sources, executables, additional documentation, and contributed software are avail-
able from the NEdit web site at http://nedit.org.
nc(1), X(1), mwm(1), vi(1), emacs(1), ctags(1)
NEdit was written by Mark Edel, Joy Kyriakopulos, Christopher Conrad, Jim Clark, Arnulfo
Zepeda-Navratil, Suresh Ravoor, Tony Balinski, Max Vohlken, Yunliang Yu, Donna Reid, Arne
Forlie, Eddy De Greef, Steve LoBasso, Alexander Mai, Scott Tringali, and Thorsten Haude.
The regular expression matching routines used in NEdit are adapted (with permission) from
original code written by Henry Spencer at the University of Toronto.
Syntax highlighting patterns and smart indent macros were contributed by: Simon T. MacDon-
ald, Maurice Leysens, Matt Majka, Alfred Smeenk, Alain Fargues, Christopher Conrad, Scott
Markinson, Konrad Bernloehr, Ivan Herman, Patrice Venant, Christian Denat, Philippe Cou-
ton, Max Vohlken, Markus Schwarzenberg, Himanshu Gohel, Steven C. Kapp, Michael Turomsha,
John Fieber, Chris Ross, Nathaniel Gray, Joachim Lous, Mike Duigou, Seak Teng-Fong, Joor
Loohuis, Mark Jones, and Niek van den Berg.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either ver-
sion 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY;
without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
See the GNU General Public License in the Help section "Distribution Policy" for more
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