ed - Man Page

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), cdist-type__sensible_editor(7), dash(1), mailx.mailx(1), mc(1), med(1), mksh(1), oksh(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