dit editor

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


Get dit!

>>> dit-0.6.tar.gz <<<

Dit from git

You can keep track of the ongoing development by checking out the current state of the Git repository. You can do so issuing the following command:

git clone https://github.com/hishamhm/dit

It will download the sources in the "dit" directory. Run the script "autogen.sh" to build the configure file, and then proceed with the usual "configure", "make", "make install" sequence. As usual, free software is distributed with NO WARRANTY, so use it at your own risk!

You can also browse the Git repository online.

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!