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xedit - simple text editor for X  


xedit [-toolkitoption...] [filename]



xedit accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command line options (see X(1X)). 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, xedit lets you load a file or create a new file after it has started up.


The xedit program provides a window consisting of the following four areas: A set of commands that allow you to exit xedit, save the file, or load a new file into the edit window. Displays xedit messages. In addition, this window can be used as a scratch pad. Displays the name of the file currently being edited, and whether this file is Read-Write or Read Only. Displays the text of the file that you are editing or creating.


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 resource definition.

The following keystroke combinations are defined:

Ctrl-aBeginning Of LineMeta-bBackward Word
Ctrl-bBackward CharacterMeta-fForward Word
Ctrl-dDelete Next CharacterMeta-iInsert File
Ctrl-eEnd Of LineMeta-k Kill To End Of Paragraph
Ctrl-fForward CharacterMeta-qForm Paragraph
Ctrl-gMultiply ResetMeta-vPrevious Page
Ctrl-h Delete Previous Character Meta-y Insert Current Selection
Ctrl-jNewline And IndentMeta-zScroll One Line Down
Ctrl-kKill To End Of LineMeta-dDelete Next Word
Ctrl-lRedraw DisplayMeta-DKill Word
Ctrl-nNext LineMeta-HBackward Kill Word
Ctrl-oNewline And BackupMeta-<Beginning Of File
Ctrl-pPrevious LineMeta->End Of File
Ctrl-r Search/Replace Backward Meta-]Forward Paragraph
Ctrl-sSearch/Replace ForwardMeta-[Backward Paragraph
Ctrl-tTranspose Characters
Ctrl-uMultiply by 4Meta-DeleteDelete Previous Word
Ctrl-vNext Page Meta-Shift Delete Kill Previous Word
Ctrl-wKill SelectionMeta-BackspaceDelete Previous Word
Ctrl-yUnkill Meta-Shift Backspace Kill Previous Word
Ctrl-zScroll One Lie 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, xedit displays a warning message, allowing the user to save the file. 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. 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: 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 ``off,'' stating that no backups should be created. Specifies a string that is to be prepended to the backup filename. The default is that no string shall be prepended. 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.

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


There is no undo function.


Copyright 1988, Digital Equipment Corporation.
Copyright 1989, X Consortium

See X(1X) for a full statement of rights and permissions.


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


Chris D. Peterson, MIT X Consortium




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