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Re: Two Lenny problems

On Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:57:42 -0500 (EST), Lisi wrote:
> On Monday 22 February 2010 14:45:11 Stephen Powell wrote:
>> I earlier recommended gedit, which is a graphical text
>> editor for the GNOME desktop environment.  I thought that's what you
>> were running.  I didn't realize you were using KDE.
> Kwrite in KDE is a good compromise between vi and word-processors, and I would 
> say is at a similar "level" to gedit in Gnome.  Assuming KDE 3.5.x;

The reason that I don't recommend the use of word processors to edit
text files, even though they *can*, is that by default they usually
save their files in a word-processing format, rather than as plain text.
Having no experience with KDE, I assumed that Kwrite was a word processor.
Apparently not.  My mistake.  But I also wanted to give him some
experience with an editor that can be used in a virtual console environment
(i.e. with no X server running).  Some day he may do something, such as hose up
his X config file, that will prevent his X server from starting.
As a matter of fact, I've helped a couple of users recently who
couldn't get their X servers to run.  The last I checked, one of them
still can't.  If Cecil can't use any non-graphical editors, he'll be up a creek
without a paddle in this situation.  Also, getting his Kwrite session to run as
root is an additional complication.  I don't know about KDE, but GNOME, by
default, doesn't even allow the root user to login to the X console.
Since I don't know how to get Kwrite to run as root, I suggested
nano in a terminal session as root, which is very intuitive.

In the final analysis, I don't care what text editor he uses, as long as
he can get it to run under the root user.
But I thought I should explain the rationale behind my recommendation.
Besides, he used to use DOS;
so the command line interface is not completely foreign to him.

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