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I sometimes need to modify url in big sql files. I usually open it up in some editor and do search and replace. On windows machine notepad++ works perfectly, it never hangs and feels snappy to show blocks of text. Now on my mac I cannot get anything to work properly! I have smultron 4 and it is sluggish. Any good software you recommend?

I imagine command line would be easiest with grep. But really do I have to mess with complicated syntax of grep or find to do this?

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Why are you making changes to the file and not directly to the database? –  Dean Jul 17 '12 at 10:35
    
@Dean because you need to keep version control or it is test data –  Mark Jul 17 '12 at 10:37
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If you want something similar in style and power to Notepad++, try using Sublime Text 2.

This is cross-platform (based on Python) and has loads of community supplied add-ins to make it a very powerful IDE and development platform.

The only disadvantage is that it isn't totally free - it pops up a reminder to purchase every few dozen saves.

This is now my chosen IDE and text editor.

It is perfectly happy with very large files and even has a graphical map of the file if you want to use it for navigation.

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While it won't hang, sublime text 2 still takes a while to load the entire file before it will allow you to view/edit it (Notepad++ displays the file instantly while it's loading it). Still the best editor out there though, worth every penny for me. –  Darth Android Jul 17 '12 at 14:24
    
Thanks for that clarification, you are correct. –  Julian Knight Jul 17 '12 at 16:14
    
I've seen sublime text 2 before. But 50$ price turned made me walk away. I didn't know they had free version, I'm trying it out... it looks amazing. –  Sandro Dzneladze Jul 17 '12 at 21:21
    
I agree that the price is rather high but he doesn't make a big thing of the free use and it is per user so you can use it on as many machines as you like. –  Julian Knight Jul 18 '12 at 13:38
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Choose your poison

Aquamacs puts the Mac in Emacs
Vim (Vi IMproved) for Mac OS X

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vim is nice, loved it on ubuntu server. But binaries for mac has not been updated since 2007 on macvim.org :( –  Sandro Dzneladze Jul 17 '12 at 20:25
    
You could always use pure vim built from source –  Nifle Jul 17 '12 at 21:15
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TextWrangler is a great free text editor.

http://www.barebones.com/products/TextWrangler/

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I've used it before, but it didn't stick... something about graphics wasn't right, I just didn't like feel of it. –  Sandro Dzneladze Jul 17 '12 at 20:18
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