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GNU ed is a line-oriented text editor. It is used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text files, both interactively and via shell scripts. A restricted version of ed, red, can only edit files in the current directory and cannot execute shell commands. Ed is the 'standard' text editor in the sense that it is the original editor for Unix, and thus widely available. For most purposes, however, it is superseded by full-screen editors such as GNU Emacs or GNU Moe.
The manual is available in the info system of the GNU Operating System. Use info to access the top level info page. Use info ed to access the ed section directly.
An online manual for ed can be found here.
The latest released version of GNU ed can be found at
or in the subdirectory
/gnu/ed/ on your favorite
For other ways to obtain ed, please read
to get GNU Software. The latest released version will be the most
recent version available at
To decompress ed tarballs you may need lzip from
Then use "
tar -xf ed[version].tar.lz" or
lzip -cd ed[version].tar.lz | tar -xf -"
to extract the files.
Old versions and testing versions can be found at http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/ed/.
For general discussion of bugs in ed the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org is the most appropriate forum. Please send messages as plain text. Please do not send messages encoded as HTML nor encoded as base64 MIME nor included as multiple formats. Please include a descriptive subject line. If all of the subject are "bug in ed" it is impossible to differentiate them.
An archive of the bug report mailing list is available at http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-ed.
To contact the author, either to report a bug or to contribute fixes or improvements, send mail to email@example.com. Please send messages as plain text. If posting patches they should be in unified diff format against the latest version. They should include a text description.
See also the ed project page at Savannah.
Ed is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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Updated: $Date: 2021/01/11 17:23:53 $ $Author: antonio $