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I'm looking for a nice lightweight programmers editor for Linux/UNIX. I currently use nedit for normal text, and Eclipse when I want a new IDE. Nedit has some UI quirks, and hasn't been updated in 5 years or so.
What nedit gives me and i need in the new editor:

  • Nice Simple GUI
  • Non-modal (I don't like vi)
  • Lightweight (I don't like emacs, too much stuff to remember, remembering gets in the way of coding)
  • regular expression search/replace.
  • Autodetect newlines (pretty much any non-Windows editor does this)

Any suggestions?

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since you do not like the classical answers "vi(m)" and emacs, try "cream":

  • it is essentially vim
  • but with an newby-friendly config (which means: nedit like)

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Geany is a text editor using the GTK2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages. It supports many filetypes and has some nice features.

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While I use gedit a lot, my favorite editor is still Notepad++ via wine. Though there is a good discussion of both at stackoverflow http://stackoverflow.com/questions/72106/what-can-i-use-as-a-notepad-alternative-in-linux-ubuntu

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Interesting, though doesn't using a text editor through an emulation environment create a lot of overhead? –  Rich Homolka Jul 30 '10 at 18:50
@Rich Homolka: WINE is no emulator, it's an API wrapper ;-) and yes, wrapping adds some overhead –  mbx May 15 '11 at 18:55


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gedit is my lightweight editor of choice.

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gedit doesn't have regular expression search-replace (well, I don't want to add extensions for it). Thanks though –  Rich Homolka Aug 4 '10 at 18:15

If you want a simple curses style editor I prefer jove - a non-lisp emacs-like editor. For GUI, gedit and kate are two good choices though I doubt they fit the "lightweight" category.

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The editor from Midnight Commander is OK for me (mcedit) - of course, it's working in console.

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