edbrowse - text editor and web browser
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(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 ed
is used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text files.
In addition edbrowse
can be used to display web pages and edit the
is invoked with a file
argument, then a copy of
is read into the editor's buffer. If it is invoked with a
argument, then the url
is read into the editor's buffer and
the HTML is rendered as text. Changes are made to this copy and not directly
Please refer to ed
(1) 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
followed by repeating `z'
to scroll another 20
lines at a time.
To quit the editor completely type `qt'
. Upon quitting edbrowse
any changes not explicitly saved with a `w'
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 edbrowse 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 dbx command with x a value between 0 and
- Edit config file. This command suppresses the processing of
the configuration file $HOME/.ebrc and starts editing it instead.
This option is useful if this file is syntactically incorrect or otherwise
- Configuration file. The file which edbrowse reads
when it starts up. If the file exists then it must be syntactically
When an error occurs, if edbrowse
it prints a `?' and returns to command
mode. An explanation of the last error can be printed with the `h'
Attempting to quit edbrowse
with the `q'
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
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
The provides greater detail about the program.
This manual page was originally written by Kapil Hari Paranjape
<email@example.com>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but it may be used
program is written by Karl Dahlke <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The author maintains for the program.