(This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
because the original program does not have a man page. Instead the
program is documented in detail in the HTML documentation that
accompanies the program; see below.)
is a line-oriented text editor very similar to
It is used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text
can be used to display web pages and edit the
is invoked with a
argument, then a copy of
is read into the editor's buffer. If it is invoked with a
argument, then the
is read into the editor's buffer and the HTML is rendered as text.
Changes are made to this copy and not directly to
Please refer to
for further details regarding the editing commands. Explanation of the
browsing functions can be found in the HTML documentation.
To read the HTML documentation on a Debian system you can do
To read (say) 20 lines of the buffer at a time starting from
the top use the command
followed by repeating
to scroll another 20 lines at a time.
To quit the editor completely type
. Upon quitting
any changes not explicitly saved with a
command are lost. The
command does not apply to URLs but one can save the corresponding
buffer to a file by the command w file.
Display the usage message.
Batch mode. This options causes
to exit when it encounters an error.
Debug level. Can be set to a value between 0 and 9. The default is 1
which prints the sizes of buffers. Some people like 2 which prints
out URLs as they are retrieved. This value can be changed within the
editor with the
command with x a value betwen 0 and 9.
Edit config file. This command supresses the processing of the
and starts editing it instead. This option is useful if this file
is syntactically incorrect or otherwise corrupted.
Configuration file. The file which
reads when it starts up. If the file exists then it must be
When an error occurs,
prints a `?' and returns to command mode.
An explanation of the last error can be
printed with the
Attempting to quit
command or trying to edit another file before writing a modified buffer
results in an error. If the command is entered a second time, it succeeds,
but any changes to the buffer are lost.
This manual page is not complete. Users should refer to the HTML
documentation for fuller details of the
configuration options and for details of the use of edbrowse.