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My requirements:

  1. Ctrl+Y acts as redo
  2. I can launch it from the commandline
  3. The text is readable

Almost all editors fail at #1 despite this being the standard redo key in every other program I use (FF, Chrome, Eclipse, Open Office, Gimp, etc.)

The KDE editors fail at #2 and print a bunch of garbage to the screen

scribes is the best at #3, but fails at #1. jedit is the only program I've found that meets the first two criteria, but is the absolute worst at #3.

Right now I think I'm going to by UltraEdit since it's the only one that passes all three. I was wondering before I do if there are any free options?

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you can launch it, or run it in command line? – Wayne Werner Jun 28 '10 at 2:04
You can launch anything from the command-line. And what do you mean by KDE editors? kate? – houbysoft Jun 28 '10 at 2:05
Pick any editor at all. Change the "Redo" key combo to CTRL+Y. Profit. Open Source FTW. – Anon. Jun 28 '10 at 2:07
"Almost all editors fail at #1"? Almost all editors can remap keys to whatever you want. I know the great and glorious Vim can do this, I suspect that Emacs can also probably do it, despite its many other shortcomings :-) – paxdiablo Jun 28 '10 at 2:08
If you're having text problems in more than one program, it is very likely that you have a problem with your font paths. – dmckee Jun 28 '10 at 2:47
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Give sublime a try. You can get it here:

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  1. There are tons of editors that let you rebind keys, so any of them would work
  2. You can launch any program from the command-line
  3. Even more editors let you set the font of the displayed text

In short, you should be able to configure most editors to satisfy those requirements

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Nice! I hadn't seen Geany before but it looks pretty good. I'm going to try it for awhile too. – Ben McCann Jun 28 '10 at 2:37

You could use vim. Vim easy mode (evim) already uses those commands, and it's free.

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In Linux, you have SciTE which is what Notepad++ in Linux is actually based off of. I use it when I don't want to pull out my heavyweight IDE and when CLI tools (Vim, nano) are too light.

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I love scite. YEAH – D'Arvit Jun 28 '10 at 10:27

I do not know if it meets all those 3 requirements. I think it does, but either way, you might want to check out Notepad++. Hope that helps.

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Last time I've checked, it runs only on Windows. – houbysoft Jun 28 '10 at 2:10
True, my apologies for I forgot about that detail, explicit in the title. However, i had heard it was possible to convert it for Linux. I do not know if it works or so, but either way, you could try to run it with something like Wine for Linux, which allows you to run Windows applications in linux. Try checking it out: – Luis Miguel Jun 28 '10 at 2:23
@Luis Miguel: while possible, it is somewhat unnecessary and unnatural. There are plenty of good editors, almost all of which satisfy the conditions of the asker provided he can learn to configure them properly. – houbysoft Jun 28 '10 at 2:27
It runs in wine, but thats a pain in the butt and really slow. – D'Arvit Jun 28 '10 at 10:27

I think I'm going to give Scribes a try as they were nice enough to patch the Ctrl+Y issue for me.

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Geany is much faster than gedit and is my editor of choice whenever I don't want to use vim.

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