Alternative Editors (was Re: Debian vim weirdness)

Steve smorrey at
Sat Feb 25 00:21:12 MST 2006

Hmm I've used jed before, and honestly thought it was just a pico/nano clone.
I'll have to take a closer look at it again.

On 2/24/06, Levi Pearson <levi at> wrote:
> On Feb 24, 2006, at 10:51 PM, Steve wrote:
> > Ok, so /me puts on flame retardant suit...
> > I use neither vim nor emacs, I've been pretty happy with nano thus far
> > for text editing, but I think I would like more out of my editor.
> > I am starting to get into shell scripting, as well as a few other
> > kinds of scripting after spending a few years doing "real" programming
> > in C/C++ etc.
> >
> > I really don't want a full fledged IDE since I have Kdevelop for that,
> > but just something to quickly change a line or two in a script would
> > be fantastic.  Hopefully something that can show me line numbers like
> > Kwrite, so I can quickly find and edit offending lines of code.
> You know, as passionate as people tend to be about vim and emacs, if
> you're not looking to invest a lot of time and effort learning a
> complex editor, sometimes simpler alternatives are better.  I've
> always liked an editor called jed, which can emulate emacs or a few
> others, like Wordstar and Borland editors, and also standard Mac/
> Windows/KDE sort of bindings.
> It's more powerful than nano, doesn't have the gigantic size and
> bewildering options of emacs, and doesn't have the weird modal
> interface of vi-clones.  It's got a scripting language with C-like
> syntax to extend it, too.
> Anyway, it's worth a look, at least.
>                 --Levi
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