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.