What is the easiest and most accessible editor?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Tue Nov 30 14:05:57 UTC 2021


Tim here.  I like RCS when dealing with single files such as one
configuration file or my "~/notes.txt".  However, once there are
multiple files involved, I usually switch to one of the others (I've
used all the ones I've listed, but default to git these days; but
Fossil is good, too). That way, there's more smarts about how *all*
the files were at any given point in time.

-tim

On November 30, 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Version control can be a good idea if users learn to use it.  I
> found rcs to be the simplest of these systems to learn and use.
> 
> 
> On Mon, 29 Nov 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> 
> > Tim here.  I like putting my configuration files in version
> > control, whether git, subversion, or even just old-school RCS.
> > That way I have a complete history of changes, can undo all sorts
> > of changes, compare various versions, etc.  It really helps track
> > down when/why/where something broke.
> >
> > -tim
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On November 29, 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:  
> > > Before editing a configuration file, make a copy of it to
> > > another file, that way if you do a configuration change you
> > > don't like you can back out and same goes with any mistakes.
> > > If you like your changed configuration file, then maybe delete
> > > your backup.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, 29 Nov 2021, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> > >  
> > > > 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.
> > > >
> > > > Cheers,
> > > >
> > > > Ibrahim
> > > >
> > > > 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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