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NEdit Version 4.0.3 for Linux (a.out)

NEdit is a standard GUI (Graphical User Interface) style text editor for
programs and plain-text files.  Users of Macintosh and MS Windows based text
editors should find NEdit a familiar and comfortable environment.  NEdit
provides all of the standard menu, dialog, editing, and mouse support, as
well as all of the standard shortcuts to which the users of modern GUI based
environments are accustomed.  For users of older style Unix editors, welcome
to the world of mouse-based editing!

Please be sure to check the platform specific README files, i.e. README.sun
and, for additional information about your particular system.

This distribution contains executables for a single system type (Linux (a.out)).
Sources, executables for other systems, and contributed software are also
available from


NEdit consists of a single, stand-alone executable file which does not require
any special installation beyond copying it to your system and making it
accessible to users.  nc is an optional program which only necessary for
operating nedit in client/server mode.

To Install NEdit on Unix Systems:

It doesn't really matter how or where you install nedit, as long as it gets
executed somehow.  The usual method is to copy the files, nedit and nc, to a
directory which is referenced in the paths of all users.  /usr/local/bin is the
customary location for optional third-party software on many systems. 
Alternatively, you can create command aliases to refer to nedit and nc in this
or any other directory, or add the directory containing nedit to your path. 

To Install NEdit on VMS Systems:

Copy nc.exe and nedit.exe to the directory where you want them to reside, and
define foreign commands (either in for yourself, or in sys$manager: for all users) to invoke each executable.  For example, if
nedit.exe were in the directory mydir on the disk called mydev, adding the
following line to your file would define the nedit command:

     $ ned*it :== $mydev:[mydir]nedit.exe


If you are accessing a host Unix system from a remote workstation or X terminal,
you need to set the Unix environment variable for your display:

	% setenv DISPLAY devicename:0
where devicename is the network node name of the workstation or X terminal
where you are typing.  On VMS systems, the equivalent command is:

	$ set display/create/node=devicename

To run NEdit, simply type "nedit", optionally followed by the name of a file or
files to edit.  On-line help is available from the pulldown menu on the far
right of the menu bar.  For more information on the syntax of the nedit command
line, look under the heading of "NEdit Command Line."


More detailed information including, distribution policy, acknowledgements,
and legal disclaimers can be found in NEdit's on-line help, or in the file,
nedit.doc.  There is an NEdit mailing list, for discussions with other NEdit
users. Information on subscribing can be found in the NEdit on-line help. There
is also a web page for NEdit at:, or
find out more about Fermilab:, or information on other
publicly available Fermilab software:


Send problems, questions, and comments to  Before
reporting a problem, please check the Problems/Bugs section of the NEdit Help
menu to make sure the problem is not already known.

Mark Edel, m/s 234
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
P.O. Box 500
Batavia, IL 60148
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