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10.4: Recover from a 'disappearing' pico/nano
Authored by: midtoad on Jan 13, '06 09:34:06PM

In addition, or instead of, vi, you can run Xemacs from a terminal. For pico and nano users, the advantage would be that you get a menu bar that you can control with a mouse, and you don't have to deal with that weird modal stuff that vi uses (vi users - and I'm one of them - please accept that newbies find vi hard to deal with - no visual prompts of any kind).

To start Xemacs from a terminal, simply type:
xemacs &

The '&' says to run xemacs in the background, i.e. give you back your terminal immediately. It will launch a new window for itself.

To check whether you have xemacs on your system, type:
which xemacs
Usually, if xemacs is installed, you should see something like
/sw/bin/xemacs

If it's not there, use:
sudo apt-get install xemacs
to install it.

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