Linux Text Editors

A text editor is a simple editor for viewing, creating and updating text files. Linux has a wide variety of text editors available. The Linux image used in the summer school has a couple of text editors that are available. Instructors, when they created pages, will show whatever editor they prefer. However, you can use any editor you prefer. Some text editors.

Editor Comments Example
gedit Lighweight editor, and the easiest to use. Just type. Has save and quit buttons. gedit filename.conf
nano Lightweight editor that can be run directly in the shell window. Harder to use than gedit. nano filename.conf
vi or vim These editors are very powerful and very cryptic. If you don’t already know vi, don’t try to learn this during the course. vi filename.conf
emacs Powerful editor that is less cryptic than vi. emacs filename.conf

If you are in doubt, use gedit