dit editor

A console text editor for Unix that you already know how to use.

dit screenshot

Quick reference:

  • Ctrl+Q or F10 - quit
  • Ctrl+S - save
  • Ctrl+X - cut
  • Ctrl+C - copy
  • Ctrl+V - paste
  • Shift-arrows or Alt-arrows - select
    • NOTE! Some terminals "capture" shift-arrow movement for other purposes (switching tabs, etc) and Dit never gets the keys, that's why Dit also tries to support Alt-arrows. Try both and see which one works. If Shift-arrows don't work recommend you reconfigure them (you can do this in Konsole setting "Previous Tab" and "Next Tab" to alt-left and alt-right, for example). RXVT-Unicode and Terminology are some terminals that work well out-of-the-box.
  • Ctrl+F or F3 - find. Inside Find:
    • Ctrl+C - toggle case sensitive
    • Ctrl+W - toggle whole word
    • Ctrl+N - next
    • Ctrl+P - previous
    • Ctrl+R - replace
    • Enter - "confirm": exit Find staying where you are
    • Esc - "cancel": exit Find returning to where you started
      • This is useful for "peeking into another part of the file": just Ctrl+F, type something to look, and then Esc to go back to where you were.
  • Ctrl+G - go to...
    • ...line number - Type a number to go to a line.
    • ...tab - Type text to go to the open tab that matches that substring.
  • Ctrl+B - back (to previous location, before last find, go-to-line, tab-switch, etc.)
    • You can press Ctrl+B multiple times to go back various levels.
  • Tabs of open files:
    • Ctrl+J - previous tab
    • Ctrl+K - next tab
    • Ctrl+W - close tab
  • Ctrl+N - word wrap paragraph
  • Ctrl+T - toggle tab mode (Tabs, 2, 3, 4 or 8 spaces - it tries to autodetect based on file contents)

This documentation is incomplete... there are more keys! Try around!