Linux Command Library


line-oriented text editor

- Start ed, editing an empty document (which can be saved as a new file in the current directory):

- Start ed, editing an empty document, with `:` as a command prompt indicator:
ed -p :

- Start ed editing an existing file (this shows the byte count of the loaded file):
ed -p : [path/to/file]

- Toggle the printing of error explanations. (By default, explanations are not printed and only a `?` appears):

- Add text to the current document. Mark completion by entering a period by itself in a new line:

- Print the entire document (`,` is a shortcut to the range `1,$` which covers the start to the end of the document):

- Write the current document to a new file (the filename can be omitted if `ed` was called with an existing file):
w [filename]

- Quit ed:

ed [options] [file]

GNU Ed - The GNU line editor.

-h, --help
display this help and exit
-V, --version
output version information and exit
-G, --traditional
run in compatibility mode
-l, --loose-exit-status
exit with 0 status even if a command fails
-p, --prompt=STRING
use STRING as an interactive prompt
-r, --restricted
run in restricted mode
-s, --quiet, --silent
suppress diagnostics
-v, --verbose
be verbose

Start edit by reading in 'file' if given. If 'file' begins with a '!', read output of shell command.

Exit status: 0 for a normal exit, 1 for environmental problems (file not found, invalid flags, I/O errors, etc), 2 to indicate a corrupt or invalid input file, 3 for an internal consistency error (eg, bug) which caused ed to panic.

Report bugs to Ed home page: General help using GNU software:

Copyright © 1994 Andrew L. Moore. Copyright © 2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <> This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

The full documentation for Ed is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and Ed programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info Ed

should give you access to the complete manual.

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