Recommend me a good text editor
Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:41 PM
I look at a lot of logs through my work day. Some of them are big logs. Really Big Logs. They also come in a mix of Windows and Unix text formats. I learnt long ago that Notepad just isn't up to scratch in this regard; for my work, it mostly barfs on the file size or can't display Unix-style line endings.
Before I made the move I used to use Programmer's File Editor for this purpose. It was simple, could handle any size log I threw at it, and was able to intelligently display text from a variety of formats. It also displayed the character and column location of the cursor, a really, really handy feature when you need to point someone to a specific spot in a very large file. Sadly, PFE hasn't been actively developed for over ten years. Further, like all 32-bit Windows software it will continue to work to some extent until a patch/new version/update finally breaks it. So, I'm looking for an alternative.
I don't need fancy programming or formatting features, all I want is something that works with plain-text and can handle big logs. It also must be able to handle text formats from different platforms. If it sports the above-mentioned cursor location then that would be excellent. A decent search function would be an added bonus.
Anyone have recommendations?
Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:01 PM
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:22 PM
Heh. That's one of the (many) reasons for the new telecommuter box. It originally had only 512Mb of RAM, and the first time I tried to open a log file greater than that it locked itself up nice & tight...requiring someone to physically go into the server room and poke the power button. Maybe not such a huge issue, but when you work in Australia and the server room is located on the east coast of America it can be a lengthy wait for someone to do it.
I've used it to go through files many gigabytes in size with no problem.
The biggest issue i think you'll come across is when the file you're looking at is greater in size than your free ram capacity.
Thanks for the suggestions so far, I'll check them out.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:30 PM
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:12 PM
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:57 PM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:29 AM
I don't need to edit files larger than 4GB so I stick with the 32bit Windows client. The GUI is sort of gVIM but not.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:01 AM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:42 PM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:16 AM
Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:05 PM
Geany has some nice code highlighting functions and includes line numbering and tabbed browsing, like notepad++. I don't do much coding, but the little I do is handled quite well. Geany's actively developed (and probably will continue to be), and handles large files well.
Just another option if Notepad++ doesn't do it for you, though the two seem quite similar.
PS - just had a look and Notepad++ seems to be Windows Only? Geany is in the repos for most versions of Linux.
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