ed man page

ed — line-oriented text editor

Examples (TL;DR)


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, byte counts and '!' prompt

-v, --verbose

be verbose; equivalent to the 'H' command

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.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to bug-ed@gnu.org
Ed home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/ed/ed.html
General help using GNU software: http://www.gnu.org/gethelp

See Also

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.

Referenced By

alternatives(8), bmake(1), cdist-type__sensible_editor(7), dash(1), mailx(1), mc(1), med(1), mksh(1), opax(1), patch(1), pick(1), rc(1), rdist(1), regex(7), sed(1), spax(1), star(1), tcsh(1), xs(1).

The man page red(1) is an alias of ed(1).

February 2017 ed 1.14.2