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Re: Suitable text editor [NOT word processor] or workaround?

On Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:38:52 -0500,
Richard Owlett<rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>My environment is Jessie (8.6.0) with MATE desktop.
>I require two things:
>  1. a search and replace which can include a "newline" in new string.
>  2. display/edit 2 files simultaneously *side by side*
>MATE's standard editor (Pluma) can handle the first easily.
>I see no way to open 2 instances of Pluma in separate windows - a la
>Notepad in WindowsXP. Pluma will only open multiple files in multiple
>The two files are nearly identical and need them displayed
>simultaneously for instant visual comparison. Opening one of the files
>read only would be acceptable but not preferable.

You are looking for the --new-window option, from the terminal:

pluma file1.txt &
pluma --new-window file2.txt &

-- Andreas Rönnquist