Manual page for XEDIT(1)
xedit - simple text editor for X
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provides a window consisting of the following four areas:
- Commands Section
A set of commands that allow you to exit xedit, save the file, or
load a new file into the edit window.
- Message Window
Displays xedit messages. In addition, this window can be used as
a scratch pad.
- Filename Display
Displays the name of the file currently being edited, and whether this file
is Read-Write or Read Only.
- Edit Window
Displays the text of the file that you are editing or creating.
accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line
The order of the command line options is not important.
Specifies the file that is to be loaded during start-up. This is the
file which will be edited. If a file is not specified,
lets you load a file or create a new file after it has started up.
The Athena Text widget is used for the three sections of this
application that allow text input. The characters typed will go to
the Text widget that the pointer cursor is currently over. If the
pointer cursor is not over a text widget then the keypresses will have
no effect on the application. This is also true for the special key
sequences that popup dialog widgets, so typing Control-S in the filename
widget will enable searching in that widget, not the edit widget.
Both the message window and the edit window will create a scrollbar if
the text to display is too large to fit in that window. Horizontal scrolling
is not allowed by default, but can be turned on through the Text
widget's resources, see Athena Widget Set for the exact
The following keystroke combinations are defined:
Ctrl-a Beginning Of Line Meta-b Backward Word
Ctrl-b Backward Character Meta-f Forward Word
Ctrl-d Delete Next Character Meta-i Insert File
Ctrl-e End Of Line Meta-k Kill To End Of Paragraph
Ctrl-f Forward Character Meta-q Form Paragraph
Ctrl-g Multiply Reset Meta-v Previous Page
Ctrl-h Delete Previous Character Meta-y Insert Current Selection
Ctrl-j Newline And Indent Meta-z Scroll One Line Down
Ctrl-k Kill To End Of Line Meta-d Delete Next Word
Ctrl-l Redraw Display Meta-D Kill Word
Ctrl-m Newline Meta-h Delete Previous Word
Ctrl-n Next Line Meta-H Backward Kill Word
Ctrl-o Newline And Backup Meta-< Beginning Of File
Ctrl-p Previous Line Meta-> End Of File
Ctrl-r Search/Replace Backward Meta-] Forward Paragraph
Ctrl-s Search/Replace Forward Meta-[ Backward Paragraph
Ctrl-t Transpose Characters
Ctrl-u Multiply by 4 Meta-Delete Delete Previous Word
Ctrl-v Next Page Meta-Shift Delete Kill Previous Word
Ctrl-w Kill Selection Meta-Backspace Delete Previous Word
Ctrl-y Unkill Meta-Shift Backspace Kill Previous Word
Ctrl-z Scroll One Line Up
In addition, the pointer may be used to cut and paste text:
Button 1 Down Start Selection
Button 1 Motion Adjust Selection
Button 1 Up End Selection (cut)
Button 2 Down Insert Current Selection (paste)
Button 3 Down Extend Current Selection
Button 3 Motion Adjust Selection
Button 3 Up End Selection (cut)
Quits the current editing session. If any changes have not been saved,
displays a warning message, allowing the user to save the file.
If file backups are enabled (see RESOURCES, below)
stores a copy of the
original, unedited file in <prefix>file<suffix>,
then overwrites the file with the contents of the edit window. The
filename is retrieved from the Text widget directly to the right of
the Load button.
Loads the file named in the text widget immediately to the right
of the this button and displays it in the Edit window. If the
currently displayed file has been modified a warning message will ask
the user to save the changes, or press Load again.
For xedit the available resources are:
- enableBackups (Class EnableBackups)
Specifies that, when edits made to an existing file are saved,
is to copy the original version of that file to <prefix>file<suffix>
before it saves the changes. The default value for this resource is
``off,'' stating that no backups should be created.
- backupNamePrefix (Class BackupNamePrefix)
Specifies a string that is to be prepended to the backup filename. The
default is that no string shall be prepended.
- backupNameSuffix (Class BackupNameSuffix)
Specifies a string that is to be appended to the backup filename. The
default is to use ``.BAK'' as the suffix.
In order to specify resources, it is useful to know the hierarchy of
the widgets which compose xedit. In the notation below,
indentation indicates hierarchical structure. The widget class name
is given first, followed by the widget instance name.
to get the default host and display number.
to get the name of a resource file that overrides the global resources
stored in the RESOURCE_MANAGER property.
specifies required resources
Athena Widget Set
There is no undo function.
Copyright 1988, Digital Equipment Corporation.
Copyright 1989, X Consortium
for a full statement of rights and permissions.
Chris D. Peterson, MIT X Consortium
Created by unroff & hp-tools.
© by Hans-Peter Bischof. All Rights Reserved (1997).
Last modified 21/April/97