In This Chapter
Checking out different GUI text editors
Working with the ed text editor
Getting to know the vi text editor
Although the desktop provides a beautiful graphical interface that’s a pleasure to work in, much goes on outside that interface. Most Linux system configuration files are text files. Additionally, Linux gives you the ability to create shell scripts and interact with the operation of a number of programs — all by using text files.
When all is working as it should, you can edit (and even create) those files with graphical tools, but it’s highly recommended that you also know how to edit them outside that interface, should a problem exist that keeps the X Window System from loading. Whether in the interface or not, you’ll be using text editors, programs designed to interact with text files.
In this chapter, you’re introduced to a few text editors — both GUI editors and text mode editors.
Each of the GUI desktops — GNOME and KDE — comes with GUI text editors (text editors that have graphical user interfaces).
To use a GUI text editor, look in the main menu and search for text editors in an appropriate category. ...