moe man page

moe — My Own (text) Editor


moe [global_options] [[+line[,col]] file_name [file_options]]...


GNU moe is a powerful, 8-bit clean, console text editor for ISO-8859 and ASCII character encodings. It has a modeless, user-friendly interface, online help, multiple windows, unlimited undo/redo capability, unlimited line length, unlimited buffers, global search/replace (on all buffers at once), block operations, automatic indentation, word wrapping, file name completion, directory browser, duplicate removal from prompt histories, delimiter matching, text conversion from/to UTF-8, romanization, etc.

Moe can easily edit thousands of files at the same time.

'global_options' are a mix of editor options and default file_options. Most long option names have a negative form '--backup' '--no-backup'.

Each file name may be preceded by '+line[,column]' to start the cursor at the specified line and, optionally, column. 'line' and 'column' are applied to subsequent files until new values are specified for them.

'-' used as a file name argument means standard input. Directories are recursively descended into.

Editor options

-h, --help

display this help and exit

-V, --version

output version information and exit

-1, --orphan

put extra files in orphaned buffers

-b, --backup

create backup files (default)

-B, --no-backup

don't create backup files

-e, --exit-ask

make save-and-close ask always for confirmation

-H, --smart-home

go home, then go to first non-blank character

-i, --ignore-case

make search case insensitive by default

-k, --keep-lines=<n>

number of lines to keep for PgUp/PgDn

-m, --max-windows=<n>

max number of windows to show at once

-n, --indent-step=<n>

number of spaces to add when indenting a block

-s, --search-wrap

make search wrap at end of file

-u, --auto-unmark

turn off highlighting after block copy or move

-x, --rectangle

rectangular block mode

File options

-a, --auto-indent

enable auto indent

-l, --lmargin=<col>

set left margin

-r, --rmargin=<col>

set right margin

-o, --read-only

make buffer read-only

-O, --overwrite

disable insert mode

-w, --word-wrap

enable word wrapping

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 moe to panic.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to
Moe home page:
General help using GNU software:

See Also

The full documentation for moe is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and moe programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info moe

should give you access to the complete manual.


June 2017 moe 1.9