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Rapidly invoke an editor to write a long, complex, or tricky command

Terminal - Rapidly invoke an editor to write a long, complex, or tricky command
ctrl-x e
2009-03-11 09:26:05
User: fool
472
Rapidly invoke an editor to write a long, complex, or tricky command

Next time you are using your shell, try typing ctrl-x e (that is holding control key press x and then e). The shell will take what you've written on the command line thus far and paste it into the editor specified by $EDITOR. Then you can edit at leisure using all the powerful macros and commands of vi, emacs, nano, or whatever.

Alternatives

There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
fc
bash-hotkey: <CTRL+x+e>
2009-08-25 09:08:54
User: alvinx
Functions: bash
20

* in bash-shell You can capture the current commandline to a text-editor:

* simply press: CTRL+x+e

* Your current commandline will pe put into Your default text-editor (export EDITOR=vim)

<ESC> v or ctrl-x ctrl-e
2011-04-30 11:08:02
User: pkufranky
Tags: readline
19

Next time you are using your shell, try typing

ctrl-x ctrl-e # in emacs mode

or

<ESC> v # in vi mode

The shell will take what you've written on the command line thus far and paste it into the editor specified by $EDITOR. Then you can edit at leisure using all the powerful macros and commands of vi, emacs, nano, or whatever.

<ESC> v
2011-03-04 19:13:29
User: ormris
14

Allows you to edit your command using your chosen editor. Works in bash with "set -o vi".

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

use 9term/plan9, pressing escape puts the term in hold mode and nothing is sent until youpress escape again to release it.

Comment by maht 389 weeks and 1 day ago

Nice. You have my vote on this one. This really is gonna be useful. I would write it 'ctrl-x ctrl-e' tho. First reflex to me was to hit 'ctrl-x' release it and then press 'e' (i'm used to screen like shortcuts)

Comment by skinp 389 weeks and 1 day ago

Also forgot to say, this is REALLY going to be useful when entering a long command, test it and then want to make a script out of it. no need to 'echo !! > script'. Just command history up, ctrl-x ctrl-e, and save :D

Comment by skinp 389 weeks and 1 day ago

or just type fc and hit the enter key

Comment by linuxrawkstar 389 weeks ago

Didn't work for me. This is presumably as I use vi mode.

Comment by krayon 389 weeks ago

In vi mode, it's esc (for command mode) and then v.

Comment by jstrater 387 weeks and 4 days ago

You have to configure the VISUAL enviromnet variable prior to use C-x, C-e

export VISUAL=vi
Comment by vutcovici 386 weeks ago

It's C-x C-e.

Comment by kylexlau 380 weeks ago

Doesn't work in zsh.

Comment by eolo999 372 weeks and 5 days ago

note: When you save this with its given filename (just :wq), it is executed and then discarded by the shell. If you want to keep it, save it explicitly to a new file first (:w )

Comment by cj_ 352 weeks and 4 days ago

Oops, that should read :w <newfile>

Comment by cj_ 352 weeks and 4 days ago

To enable this on zsh, add

autoload edit-command-line

zle -N edit-command-line

bindkey '^Xe' edit-command-line

to your .zshrc

Comment by Erus 337 weeks ago

I agree with linuxrawkstar. fc is simpler, and it's much more flexible.

Comment by chrispix 334 weeks and 3 days ago

Thanks Erus.

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