How do I copy a few lines from one file to another file using the nano editor?
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Assuming you are in pure console mode and can't use the mouse to copy/paste:
NOTE: To switch between buffers use either ESC-< and ESC-> or ESC-, and ESC-. (the later is helpful if < and > use the same key on your keyboard layout)
An alternative to 2-4 above is to go to the line(s) you want to copy and CTRL-K to delete them, pressing CTRL-K repeatedly to multiple lines to the buffer. When you've cut all the lines you want to copy, CTRL-Y to re-paste them back into the current buffer. Then continue with step 5.
ALT or any other keys with Meta-key behaviour could also be used instead of ESC in these commands.
Copy text from one file to another with nano text editor
Note: To help you understand better, we will use a
So we have:
clipboard by pressing Alt+^
Move the cursor to the place you want to paste the copied text (which is
in buffer, don't forget that).
Press ctrl+u, to paste the text.
You are done.