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Text Editors

The following text editors are available for use:

emacs--Customizable full-screen editor.
vi--Standard Unix full-screen editor.
pico--User-friendly simple text editor.
gedit--Powerful and user-friendly editor for X-windows.

Of these, emacs and vi are of interest for most people. Use pico if your needs are simple and you won't be doing much editing. Use gedit if you want a more capable editor and will only be working in X-windows mode.

The following are traditional old-fashioned Unix text editors, which are listed here mainly so you know what to avoid, except for sed, which is useful as a filter in shell commands and scripts.

ed--Standard Unix line-oriented editor.
ex--Full-screen editor, includes vi.
sed--Standard Unix stream editor.