xedit - simple text editor for X
xedit [-toolkitoption...] [filename]
accepts all of the standard X Toolkit command
line options (see
X(1X)). The order of the command line options is not
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
program provides a window consisting of
the following four areas:
A set of commands that allow you to exit
save the file, or load a new file into the edit window.
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
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-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-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-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 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
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
the contents of the edit window. The filename is retrieved from the Text
widget directly to the right of the
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
the available resources are:
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.
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
specifies required resources
There is no
Copyright 1988, Digital Equipment Corporation. Copyright 1989, X Consortium
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Athena Widget Set
Chris D. Peterson, MIT X Consortium