How do I open a text file in my terminal?


As we seem to be listing all available alternatives of displaying any text file in the terminal, it would be quite fun to introduce pv as technically one valid (but unusual) method, although I would normally use cat instead for most things.

It is in the repositories and so can be installed with sudo apt-get install pv if you don't have it already.

As the man page notes, pv is very often used to

monitor the progress of data through a pipe...pv will copy each supplied FILE in turn to standard output (- means standard input), or if no FILEs are specified just standard input is copied. This is the same behaviour as cat(1).

With pv you can literally print the file to the screen, and choose the rate (-L) at which it appears. The example below uses a high rate (300), but if you choose a low rate such as -L 50, it will appear as if the computer is typing out the file for you.

pv /etc/apt/sources.list -qL 300

Needless to say you can increase the rate...

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As a one-time thing,

open -a /Applications/ myfile.txt open -b com.barebones.textwrangler myfile.txt # same thing by ID

You can also create an alias for opening TextWrangler, that you would put on the .bash_profile file, which is an hidden file by default that is usually in your home directory.

This is the command that you could insert:

# Type 'tw' on the terminal to open TextWrangler alias tw='open -a /Applications/'

To make TextWrangler the default:

"Get Info" on a text file in the Finder. Change the "Open with:" program to TextWrangler, in the fifth information pane. Click the "Change All..." button at the bottom of the...
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One thing GNU/Linux does as well as any other operating system is give you the tools you need to create and edit text files. Ask ten Linux users what their favorite text editor is and you will probably get ten different answers. On this page, we cover a few of these, but there are many more available.

GUI Text Editors

In this section discusses text editing applications for the Linux windowing system, X Windows, more commonly known as X11 or X.

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Often when I work in the Terminal (the command line) I need to edit some text files. I prefer to edit text files using TextWrangler.

How can I open a text file with TextWrangler from the Terminal?

I tried with /Applications/ my_text_file.txt but it doesn't work since is a directory.

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As a one-time thing,

open -a /Applications/ myfile.txt open -b com.barebones.textwrangler myfile.txt # same thing by ID

You can also create an alias for opening TextWrangler, that you would put on the .bash_profile file, which is an hidden file by default that is usually in your home directory.

This is the command that you could insert:

# Type 'tw' on the terminal to open TextWrangler alias tw='open -a /Applications/'

To make TextWrangler the default:

"Get Info" on a text file in the Finder. Change the "Open...
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Here is a cool trick to enable you to edit text files in Terminal using a little applications called pico. Its really easy and the text editor is quite powerful. It is really simple to do and can open every file that you can open in text edit.

To enable yo to do this trick open up Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) on a new line type.

pico /path/of/file.txt

Give it a second or two and a text editor will open. As shown in the image below.

You can then edit then proceed to edit the text using the commands below. You can read through the help file associated if you need more help. By the way most commands are accessed through ctrl and a represented though the up arrow (^).

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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>dir
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Directory of C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator

01/01/2003 02:16 AM .
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We all know how to launch applications from the GUI with a double-click on the icon or clicking on the app in the Dock, and there are numerous ways to do so, and they’re all relatively speedy. If you spend a decent amount of time with the command line though, it’s nice to be able to launch Mac apps directly from there as well. Also, the Terminal has a fair share of applications that run in text based mode, but maybe you wanted to edit a text file in the OS X GUI app TextWrangler rather than the text based nano or vim.

We’re going to demonstrate how to launch any graphical Mac app from the command line of OS X, including how to open specific files from the command line with a GUI app, and how to edit and open those files with root access if it’s necessary.

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The Terminal command to launch OS X gui apps is appropriately called ‘open’ and here is how it works at it’s most simple:

open -a...

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It can sometimes be necessary to change file and folder permissions on your Mac, usually because you want to restrict access to certain users and groups.

Even though it’s possible to set the file permissions using Finder, Terminal gives you slightly more control, and of course can also be used in Automator scripts for a little more flexibility. This article shows you how to change file permissions on files just using Terminal.

If you are new to using the OSX Terminal, I highly recommend the Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide by Daniel J. Barrett as a great starting point.

About Permissions

File permissions permit users different types of permissions to read and write files. For example, it’s possible to set read only access to files and folders so that they can’t be changed or deleted by mistake. You might even want to delete all permissions for a particular user so that the file cannot even be opened (though it will still be visible in Finder. To make...

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