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GNU moe is a console text editor for ISO-8859 and ASCII character encodings. It has a modeless, user-friendly interface, online help, multiple windows, unlimited undo/redo capability, unlimited line length, unlimited buffers, global search/replace (on all buffers at once), block operations, automatic indentation, word wrapping, file name completion, directory browser, duplicate removal from prompt histories, delimiter matching, text conversion from/to UTF-8, romanization, etc.
Moe respects your work. By default it won't automatically add, change, or remove not even one byte in your files. Moe is a WYTIWYG (what you type is what you get) editor.
Moe can easily edit thousands of files at the same time.
Moe tries to rationalize the keyboard commands. The <Alt> key is used for harmless commands like cursor movements and scrolling. The <Control> key is used for more "dangerous" commands like copying text blocks, deleting lines, or exiting. The <Tab> key is used for file name completion and also shows/hides the directory browser when moe asks for a file name to save or load. In any case, the unlimited undo/redo capability of moe makes very difficult to accidentally cause an irreparable damage to your files.
Moe uses the function keys so that the most frequent commands can be issued with only one finger. The function key <F1> shows the online help, and <F10> allows you to change the options. The online help and some experience with text editors is all you need to start using moe. Reading the manual is only required for more advanced uses of moe.
Moe uses ISO-8859-15 instead of Unicode (ISO 10646) because an 8-bit character set (combined with romanization if needed) can convey meaning safely and more efficiently than Unicode can. For many everyday computing and communication tasks, an 8-bit code like ISO-8859-15 is much more practical, efficient, and reliable than UTF-8. There is no such thing as an 'ambiguous', 'invalid', or 'out of range' ISO-8859-15 character.
In my opinion, Unicode should not be used in texts parsable by a computer. See the online manual for an exposition of some of the inconvenients and dangers of Unicode.
The manual is available in the info system of the GNU Operating System. Use info to access the top level info page. Use info moe to access the moe section directly.
An online manual for moe can be found here.
The latest released version of GNU moe can be found at
or in the subdirectory
/gnu/moe/ on your favorite
For other ways to obtain moe, please read
to get GNU Software. The latest released version will be the most
recent version available at
To decompress moe tarballs you may need lzip from
Then use "
tar -xf moe[version].tar.lz" or
lzip -cd moe[version].tar.lz | tar -xf -"
to extract the files.
Old versions and testing versions can be found at http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/moe/.
For general discussion of bugs in moe 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 moe" it is impossible to differentiate them.
An archive of the bug report mailing list is available at http://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/bug-moe.
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 moe project page at Savannah.
Moe 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 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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Updated: $Date: 2021/01/07 17:14:17 $ $Author: antonio $