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Client program for NEdit text editor


nedit-client [-read] [-create] [-line n | +n] [-do command]
            [-ask] [-noask] [-svrname name] [-svrcmd command]
            [-lm languagemode]
            [-geometry geometry | -g geometry] [-icon | -iconic]
            [-display [host]:server[.screen]]
            [-timeout seconds] [-wait] [-xrm resourcestring]
            [-tabbed] [-untabbed] [-group]
            [-V | -version] [-h | -help] [--] [file...]


nedit-client is the client interface to the NEdit text editor. A server can be started explicitly by running NEdit in server mode:

 nedit -server

If no server is running, nedit-client will start one unless configured otherwise. Client/server mode is useful for integrating NEdit with software development environments, mailers, and other programs; or just as a quick way to open files from the shell command line without starting a new NEdit session.



Open the file read-only regardless of the actual file protection.


Don't warn about file creation when a file doesn't exist.

-line n, +n

Go to line number n.

-do command

Execute an NEdit macro or action on the file following the -do argument on the command line.

If you use this command without a filename, nedit-client would randomly choose one window to focus and execute the macro in.

-ask,  -noask

Instructs nedit-client whether to automatically start a server if one is not available. This overrides the X resource `nc.autoStart'.

-svrname name

Explicitly instructs nedit-client which server to connect to, an instance of nedit(1) with a corresponding -svrname argument.  By naming servers, you can run several simultaneously, and direct files and commands specifically to any one.

-svrcmd command

The command which nedit-client uses to start an NEdit server. It is also settable via the X resource `nc.serverCommand', by default, "nedit -server".

-lm languagemode

Initial language mode used for editing succeeding files.

-geometry geometry, -g geometry

The initial size and/or location of editor windows. The argument geometry has the form:


where `<width>' and `<height>' are the desired width and height of the window, and `<xoffset>' and `<yoffset>' are the distance from the edge of the screen to the window, + for top or left, - for bottom or right. -geometry can be specified for individual files on the command line.

-icon,  -iconic

Initial window state for succeeding files.

-display [host]:server[.screen]

The name of the X server to use. host specifies the machine, server specifies the display server number, and screen specifies the screen number.  host or screen can be omitted and default to the local machine, and screen 0.

-timeout seconds

Basic time-out period (in seconds) used in communication with an NEdit server. Default: 10 seconds. Also settable via the X resource `nc.timeOut'.

Under rare conditions (such as a slow connection), it may be necessary to increase the time-out period. In most cases, the default is fine.


Instructs nedit-client not to return to the shell until all files given are closed.

Normally, nedit-client returns once the files given in its command line are opened by the server. When this option is given, nedit-client returns only after the last file given in this call is closed. Note that this option affects all files, not only the ones following this option in the command line.

-xrm resourcestring

Set the value of an X resource to override a default value.


Open all subsequent files in new tabs. Resets -group option.


Open all subsequent files in new windows. Resets -group option.


Open all subsequent files as tabs in a new window.

-V,  -version

Prints version and build information, to be mentioned when reporting bugs and problems.

-h,  -help

Prints the command line help and then exits.


Treats all subsequent arguments as file names, even if they start with a dash. This is so NEdit can access files that begin with the dash character.



NEdit requires an X-based workstation or X-Terminal. If you have used telnet or rlogin to access the host Unix system, set the Unix environment variable for your display:

    % setenv DISPLAY devicename:0


Communication between nedit-client(1) and nedit(1) is through the X display. So as long as X windows is set up and working properly, nedit-client will work properly as well. nedit-client uses the `DISPLAY' environment variable, the machine name and your user name to find the appropriate server, meaning, if you have several machines sharing a common file system, nedit-client will not be able to find a server that is running on a machine with a different host name, even though it may be perfectly appropriate for editing a given file.

In typical Unix style, arguments affect the files which follow them on the command line, for example:

  nedit-client file.c -line 25
  nedit-client -line 25 file.c

For more information see NEdit's online help, or nedit.doc in the NEdit distribution kit.

See Also

nedit(1), X(1), mwm(1), ctags(1), etags(1)


NEdit was written by Mark Edel, Joy Kyriakopulos, Christopher Conrad, Jim Clark, Arnulfo Zepeda-Navratil, Suresh Ravoor, Tony Balinski, Max Vohlken, Yunliang Yu, Donna Reid, Arne Forlie, Eddy De Greef, Steve LoBasso, Alexander Mai, Scott Tringali, Thorsten Haude, Steve Haehn, Andrew Hood, Nathaniel Gray, and TK Soh.


2024-01-25 NEdit 5.7 NEdit documentation