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A nice editor


ne [options] files


[--help] [--] [+[N[,M]]] [--binary] [--read-only] [--utf8] [--no-utf8] [--ansi] [--no-ansi] [--no-config] [--no-syntax] [--prefs ext] [--keys key-configuration-file] [--menus menu-configuration-file] [--macro macro-file]


ne is a free text editor that runs on (hopefully almost) any UN*X machine.  ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage.

This documentation is incomplete.  The Texinfo/info/HTML/PDF documentation is the authoritative source (try info ne or info -f ne).



Prints a help message.


Next token is a filename. May appear more than once.


Moves to the last or N-th line, first or M-th column of the next named file. May appear more than once.


Load the next named file in binary mode. May appear more than once.


Load the next file in read-only mode. May appear more than once.


Use UTF-8 I/O.


Do not use UTF-8 I/O.


Use the built-in ANSI sequences.


Never use the built-in ANSI sequences.


Skip reading the menu and keyboard configuration files.


Disable syntax-highlighting support.

--prefs ext

Set autoprefs for the provided extension before loading the first file.

--keys key-configuration-file

Use the specified keyboard configuration file.

--menus menu-configuration-file

Use the specified menu configuration file.

--macro macro-file

Execute the given macro after startup.


Start ne, then use escape, escape-escape or F1 to access the menus.


Please send bug reports to Sebastiano Vigna <vigna@di.unimi.it> or Todd Lewis <utoddl@gmail.com>.


ne was originally written by Sebastiano Vigna. Todd M. Lewis added several new features. Daniele Filaretti helped with syntax highlighting.


by Sebastiano Vigna and Todd M. Lewis