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xedit - simple text editor for X


xedit [ -toolkitoption ... ] [ filename ... ]


Xedit 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 also 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.


Xedit accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line options (see X(1) ). The order of the command line options is not important.
Specifies the file(s) that are to be loaded during start-up. This is the file which will be edited. If a file is not specified, xedit lets you load files or create new files 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 has the input focus, or the Text widget that the pointer cursor is currently over.

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    Keyboard 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 [number]    Multiply by 4 or number    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    Meta-z    Scroll One Line Down
Ctrl-_    Undo

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, xedit displays a warning message, allowing the user to save them.
If file backups are enabled (see RESOURCES, below) xedit 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.


For xedit the available resources are:
enableBackups (Class EnableBackups)
Specifies that, when edits made to an existing file are saved, xedit 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 ``on,'' stating that 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 ``~'' as the suffix.
positionFormat (Class Format)
Specifies a format string used to display the cursor position. This string uses printf(3) like notation, where %l prints the line number, %c prints the column number, %p prints the insert position offset, and %s prints the current file size. It is also allowed to specifie field sizes, with the notation %-?[0-9]+ . The default format string is ``L%l'', which shows the character ``L'' followed by the line number.
hints (Class Hints)
Specifies a list of strings, separated by new lines, that will be displayed in the bc_label window.
hintsInterval (Class Interval)
Specifies the interval in seconds, which the hint string in the bc_label window will be changed.
changedBitmap (Class Bitmap)
Specifies the name of the Bitmap that will be displayed in the fileMenu, when the file being edited is changed.
autoReplace (Class Replace)
This resource is useful to automatically correct common mispelling errors, but can also be used to create simple macros. The format is {non-blanks}{blanks}[{string}]. Fields are separeted by newlines. Example of use:

nto      not\n\
/macro some long string with \\\n newlines \\\n

Will automatically replace the word nto by not, and /macro by some long string with newlines
when you type that words.

ispell.dictionaries (Class ispell.Dictionary)
Specifies a list of dictionary names, separeted by spaces, available to the ispell program. The default value is "american americamed+ english".
ispell.dictionary (Class ispell.Dictionary)
Specifies the default dictionary to use.
ispell*<DICTIONARY>.wordChars (Class ispell*Chars)
Specifies a set of characters that can be part of a legal word. The <DICTIONARY> field is one of the dictionaries specified in the dictionaries resource.
ispell.ispellCommand (Class ispell.CommandLine)
The path to the ispell program, and possibly, additional arguments. You don't need to specify the ``-w'' option, neither the ``-a'' option. Refer to the ispell(1) manpage for more information on ispell options.
ispell.formatting (Class ispell.TextFormat)
Specifies which text formatting to use while spell checking the file. The available formats are text and html.
ispell*text.skipLines (Class ispell*text.Skip)
Lines starting with one of the characters in this string will not be spell checked. This resource is only used in text mode.
ispell.terseMode (Class ispell.Terse)
When enabled, runs ispell in terse mode, not asking user interaction for words generated through compound formation (when using the ispell ``-C'' option), or words generated through affix removal. The default value is False.
ispell.lookCommand (Class ispell.CommandLine)
The path to the program to search for alternate words, and possibily, additional arguments. The default program used is /usr/bin/egrep.
ispell.wordsFile (Class ispell.Words)
The path to the file[s] to search for alternate words. The default file is /usr/share/dict/words.
ispell.guessLabel (Class ispell.Status)
String displayed in the ispell status bar when ispell returns a guess list of one or more words. The default value is Guess.
ispell.missLabel (Class ispell.Status)
String displayed in the ispell status bar when ispell returns a list of one or more words to match a mispelled one. The default value is Miss.
ispell.rootLabel (Class ispell.Status)
String displayed in the ispell status bar when the word is not in the dictionary, but it can be formed through a root one. The default value is Root:, and is followed by a space and the root word.
ispell.noneLabel (Class ispell.Status)
String displayed in the ispell status bar when there is no near misses. The default value is None.
ispell.compoundLabel (Class ispell.Status)
String displayed in the ispell status bar when the word being checked is formed by concatenation of two words. The default value is Compound.
ispell.okLabel (Class ispell.Status)
String displayed in the ispell status bar when the checked word is in the dictionary. This string is only displayed when using the check button in the xedit ispell interface. The default value is Ok.
ispell.eofLabel (Class ispell.Status)
The string displayed in the ispell status bar when the end of the file is reached. The default value is End Of File.
ispell.repeatLabel (Class ispell.Status)
The string displayed in the ispell status bar when two indentical words are found together in the file. The default value is Repeat.
ispell.lookLabel (Class ispell.Status)
The string displayed in the ispell status bar after displaying the results of the Look command. If no results are found, the value of the ispell.noneLabel resource is shown.
ispell.workingLabel (Class ispell.Status)
The string displayed in the ispell status bar while xedit is communicating with ispell. The default value is ....


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.

Xedit  xedit
    Paned  paned
        Paned  buttons
            Command  quit
            Command  save
            Command  load
            Text     filename
        Label  bc_label
        Text   messageWindow
        Label  labelWindow
        Text   editWindow


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

See Also

X(1) , xrdb(1) , Athena Widget Set


Xedit is not a replacement to Emacs.


Copyright 1988, Digital Equipment Corporation.
Copyright 1989, X Consortium
Copyright 1998, The XFree86 Project
See X(1) for a full statement of rights and permissions.


Chris D. Peterson, MIT X Consortium
Paulo Cesar Pereira de Andrade, The XFree86 Project

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