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

On Thursday 16 March 2017 08:09:13 Celejar wrote:

> 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 tabs.
> >
> > 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.
> I just checked, and Geany can do both. [Probably lots of others can,
> too, but this is what I have installed and have been using lately.]
> Celejar

geany has the added advantage of never trashing your file on the save.

gedit has caused me to have to start over again, 3 times, on a 600+ line 
configuration file for machine control on several occasions. As the file 
it trashed was 6 months worth of adding new features to that machines 
control, that was not appreciated. 1st time is a wtf?, 2nd time sends me 
a message, 3rd time I shut it down w/o the save and never ran it again.

geany may look like gedit,but it sure doesn't screw things up,  moving 
whole pages of code from page 23 to page 7 (and vice versa) and other 
such "helpfull" niceties like gedit does.  Purge that gedit crap and all 
its plugins from your system and save yourself from potential headaches 
that Excedrin has not yet assigned a number to.

gedit is like asking if freshly poured concrete will crack.  Wrong 
question because it will, the right question is "when", its just a 
matter of time. Life is too short for putting up with that.

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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