kate man page

kate — Advanced text editor by KDE

Synopsis

kate [-s, --start name] [--startanon] [-n, --new] [-b, --block] [-p, --pid pid] [-e, --encoding name] [-l, --line line] [-c, --column column] [-i, --stdin] [--tempfile] [file]

Description

Kate is the KDE Advanced Text Editor.

Kate also provides the editor part for various applications, under the name KWrite.

Some of Kate's many features include configurable syntax highlighting for languages ranging from C and C++ to HTML to bash scripts, the ability to create and maintain projects, a multiple document interface (MDI), and a self-contained terminal emulator.

But Kate is more than a programmer's editor. Its ability to open several files at once makes it ideal for editing UNIX™'s many configuration files. This document was written in Kate.

Options

-s, --start name
Start Kate with a given session.
--startanon
Start Kate with a new anonymous session, implies -n.
-n, --new
Force start of a new Kate instance (is ignored if start is used and another Kate instance already has the given session opened), forced if no parameters and no URLs are given at all.
-b, --block
If using an already running Kate instance, block until it exits, if URLs given to open.
-p, --pid pid
Only try to reuse kate instance with this pid (is ignored if start is used and another Kate instance already has the given session opened).
-e, --encoding name
Set encoding for the file to open

You can use this to force a file opened in utf-8 format, for instance. (The command iconv -l provides a list of encodings, which may be helpful to you.)
-l, --line line
Navigate to this line
-c, --column column
Navigate to this column
-i, --stdin
Read the contents of stdin
--tempfile
The files/URLs opened by the application will be deleted after use

file

File to open

See Also

More detailed user documentation is available from help:/kate (either enter this URL into Konqueror, or run khelpcenter help:/kate).

There is also further information available at the Kate website[1].

Examples

To open a file named source.cpp at column 15, line 25, in an existing Kate window, you could use:

kate -c 15 -l
25 -u source.cpp

If you have an active internet connection, you can take advantage of KDE's network transparency to open a file from an ftp site. If you do not have write permission on the remote server, the file will be opened read only and you will be prompted for a local filename to save to if you make changes. If you do have write permission, changes will be saved transparently over the network.

kate ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/README

Authors

The maintainer of Kate is Christoph Cullmann <cullmann@kde.org>. A comprehensive list of authors and contributors is available in the complete user manual mentioned above.

Author

Lauri Watts <lauri@kde.org>

Author.

Notes

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the Kate website

Info

2016-04-26 KDE Applications Applications Kate User's Manual