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, 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.

'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.

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
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January 2016 moe 1.8 User Commands