EDSection: User Commands (1)
Updated: February 2022
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NAMEed - line-oriented text editor
SYNOPSISed [,options/] [,file/]
DESCRIPTIONGNU ed is a line-oriented text editor. It is used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text files, both interactively and via shell scripts. A restricted version of ed, red, can only edit files in the current directory and cannot execute shell commands. Ed is the 'standard' text editor in the sense that it is the original editor for Unix, and thus widely available. For most purposes, however, it is superseded by full-screen editors such as GNU Emacs or GNU Moe.
- -h, --help
- display this help and exit
- -V, --version
- output version information and exit
- -E, --extended-regexp
- use extended regular expressions
- -G, --traditional
- run in compatibility mode
- -l, --loose-exit-status
- exit with 0 status even if a command fails
- -p, --prompt=,STRING/
- use STRING as an interactive prompt
- -r, --restricted
- run in restricted mode
- -s, --quiet, --silent
- suppress diagnostics, byte counts and '!' prompt
- -v, --verbose
- be verbose; equivalent to the 'H' command
- strip carriage returns at end of text lines
Start edit by reading in 'file' if given. If 'file' begins with a '!', read output of shell command.
Exit status: 0 for a normal exit, 1 for environmental problems (file not found, invalid flags, I/O errors, etc), 2 to indicate a corrupt or invalid input file, 3 for an internal consistency error (e.g., bug) which caused ed to panic.
REPORTING BUGSReport bugs to email@example.com
Ed home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/ed/ed.html
General help using GNU software: http://www.gnu.org/gethelp
COPYRIGHTCopyright © 1994 Andrew L. Moore.
Copyright © 2022 Antonio Diaz Diaz. License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
SEE ALSOThe full documentation for ed is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and ed programs are properly installed at your site, the command
- info ed
should give you access to the complete manual.
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