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Stabie Rand Editor

Stabie Rand Editor is a reimplementation of the RAND text editor, a full screen editor that was written in the 70s and had such advanced capabilities as multiple windows and rectangular cut and paste areas. Keyboard commands are hard-coded.

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Recent releases

  •  15 Jun 2013 00:11

    Release Notes: This latest release expands the search command to allow case insensitive searches and glob-like searches using the ^, $, *, and ? special characters. The search mode is easily toggled by using the ^Q key. The code has been verified to run on the Raspberry Pi's ARM architecture.

    •  14 May 2013 21:27

      Release Notes: A bugfix when replacing a string, like abcd to abcde. A bugfix when searching for a word under the cursor when the window was shifted left. A new command "run" to run an external Unix program using the current line or marked lines as an input to the external program and then substitute the output of the external program for the current line or marked lines. Essentially, this allows an external program to act as a filter for a piece of the file. A complimentary command "unrun" was added to restore the input lines deleted by the run command.

      •  16 Apr 2012 12:55

        Release Notes: This release fixes a crash which occurred when cutting lines across the top of the window boundary. This is the only change.

        •  20 Jul 2011 19:29

          Release Notes: This release adds a new "repl /xxx/yy/" command to globally replace strings. It fixes a minor nuisance of hitting escape by accident by requiring entering some keys to simulate a multi-byte function key.

          •  18 Jun 2011 02:15

            Release Notes: A crash or visual corruption that occurred after opening a line under certain circumstances was fixed. Upgrading is recommended.

            Recent comments

            29 Dec 2011 23:11 wrwetzel


            I too love the Rand Editor, which I have been using since the early 1980's. I'm an old fart and my fingers just can't learn anything else and I hate the inefficiency of using the mouse. I just came across your work while searching "Rand Editor", which I sometimes do in the hopes of finding at least one other person still using it.

            Are you aware that sources still exist for it? I got my copy from a guy at CERN quite a few years ago. I believe that Rand has abandoned them so I see no problem giving you a copy if you would like. I recently ported it to a current Ubuntu system, where I use it regularly.

            Bill Wetzel


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