What is the easiest and most accessible editor?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Mon Nov 29 23:30:40 UTC 2021

Thanks a bundle for all of you folks. I did not know how much of a 
discussion my innocent and naive question would generate. I learned a 
lot from your answers. Although I have never messed with configuration 
files since the days of the autoexec.bat in the days of dos, I think I 
have enough courage to play with changing some configuration settings 
using some of the editors you suggested.

I launched few of them both in the desktop and in the terminal and I 
found geany and nano to be easy. I did not find Micro, I guess it is not 
preinstalled on slint.

I know that my editing needs would be very basic.



On 11/29/21 5:33 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> There is teachjove and jove is jonathan's own version of emacs and
> teachjove can be run without running jove or emacs directly.  This can be
> done from the terminal for any willing to learn.  I suppose emacs could be
> configured in the same way but haven't tried that yet.  It probably would
> need a small script.
> On Mon, 29 Nov 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> I actually have a computer science degree and still find both emacs
>> and vi to be riddles, wrapped in mysteries, inside enigmas and I
>> should probably figure out a way to add puzzle, conundrum, and a few
>> other synonyms to that Matryoshka doll of an idiom.
>> I don't doubt the claims they are powerful bits of kit once mastered,
>> but they certainly for the faint of heart and not a good choice if you
>> just want to edit the occasional config file.
>> I personally use Nano, and it lets you just enter nano to open a blank
>> file you can just start typing in or nano path/to/filename.ext to open
>> an existing file, but it does have some commands that might throw
>> people coming from a grapphical editor or word processor for a
>> loop(e.g. save is ctrl+o, not ctrl+s, quit is ctrl+x, not ctrl+q) and
>> has cut and paste that is line based instead of selection based(e.g.
>> ctrl+k cuts the current line in its entirety, repeating ctrl+k without
>> otheer input continues adding lines to the cut buffer, ctrl+u uncuts
>> evereything in the cut buffer, copying is accomplished by uncutting
>> where youo cut, then uncutting again where you want the copy). Also,
>> pressing ctrl+g will bring up nano's full command list, while the most
>> commond commandsare printed on the bottom two lines of the screen.
>> For simpler console text editors, there's also Micro, which is similar
>> to Pico/nano, but has key bindings more in line with the majority of
>> graphical editors.
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