How do I copy a few lines from one file to another file using the nano editor?
Assuming you are in pure console mode and can't use the mouse to copy/paste:
- Launch nano in multi-buffer mode (nano -F)
- CTRL-^ to start your selection.
- Arrow key around until you cover all the text you want to copy.
- ESC-^ to copy the selection into the cut buffer
- CTRL-R ESC-F to open a file into a new buffer
- CTRL-U to paste in the opened file
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
- Open the destination file (the file that want to paste the text into), by using nano's multiple buffer.
nano -F destination_file
So we have:
nano -F /var/named/patra.local
From inside nano editor, open the source file
Press ctrl+^ (this will enable the "mark set" mode)
Select your text.
When you have marked all the text you want, copy the text to
clipboard by pressing Alt+^
Note: Now your text is in clipboard. Note: In help file you will see the Alt+^ described as M-^.
Press ctrl+x, to close the source file (
Now we will see the destination file (
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.