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What editor should I use on the central Unix system?

The commands described below need to be entered while logged in to the Unix server.   Normally you'll see a prompt ending with $ when the command interpreter (or shell) is ready for another command.

For simple text editing, you might like to try using Pico which is the editor that Pine uses for composing email messages. Pico comes with built-in help and context-sensitive menus. To use it, just give the command

pico filename

An alternative and more feature-rich plain text editor is emacs.  There are various sources of online documentation.  Try: (a simple guide)

The official, complete online manual can be found at:

You can also obtain basic information on emacs by entering the command:

info emacs

Your files on the Unix system should also be accessible from your campus Windows desktop, so you could also use Notepad++ to edit such files.

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Created by Andy Clews on 27 July 2001 and last updated by Andy Clews on 4 August 2015