Linux Nano 编辑器初学者教程

十个案例分析 Linux Nano 编辑器========================


  1. [关于 Nano][1]

  2. 1. 如何创建、打开文件

  3. 2. 如何保存文件

  4. 3. 如何复制、粘贴文本

  5. 4. 如何搜索、替换文字

  6. 5. 如何在本窗口中插入另一个文件

  7. 6. 如何显示光标位置

  8. 7. 如何控制光标在开始时到指定行和列

  9. 8. 如何返回文件之前的版本

  10. 9. 如何备份本舰到指定目录

  11. 10. 如何转换制表符和空格

  12. 总结

本文所有例子都是基于 Ubuntu 16.10 LTS,Nano 的版本是 2.2.6.

关于 Nano

The Nano editor is designed to emulate the features and user-friendliness of the UW Pico text editor. The following screenshot shows the editor in action:

Linux Nano Editor

Here’s how the official documentation explains the various sections of the editor:

There are four main sections of the editor. The top line shows the program version, the current filename being edited, and whether or not the file has been modified. Next is the main editor window showing the file being edited. The status line is the third line from the bottom and shows importantmessages. The bottom two lines show the most commonly used shortcuts in the editor.

1. 如何创建、打开文件

If you want to create a new file and open it using nano, then you can do this by running the following command:

$ nano


$ nano [file-name]

The second way can also be used to open an existing file. Needless to say, if you want to open a file which is not located in your current directory, then you have to provide the absolute or relative path to that file.

The following screenshot shows a file opened in the nano editor:

Create new file with nano

As you can see, at the bottom of the editor window, there’s useful information related to keyboard shortcuts that let users perform some basic operations such as cut and paste text. Shortcuts that let you exit the editor and launch help are also there.

2. 如何保存文件

To save a file, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+o. When you will hit this key combination, the editor it will ask you to provide a filename (or confirm the name if it was already provided when the editor was launched). Just do the needful, and press Enter to save the file.

Here’s an example screenshot:

save file with nano

Nano also allows you to save files in different OS formats. For example, you can save in DOS format by pressing Alt+d. Similarly, to save in the Mac format, press Alt+m. Note that to change the format, first you have to initiate the usual save process by pressing Ctrl+o, and then use format-specific shortcuts like Alt+d or Alt+m.

nano editor save in different format

3. 如何复制、粘贴文本

To cut and paste a particular line, first bring the cursor to that line. Now, press Ctrl+k to cut, then head to the place where you want to paste it, and finally use Ctrl+u to paste.For example, in the screenshot below, if the requirement is to cut the first line and paste it to the bottom. Then, go to the line and press Ctrl+k. Now, navigate your cursor to the bottom and press Ctrl+u.

How to cut and paste text in Nano

cut text in nao

You can also copy a particular string instead of full line. For this, first you will have to select that word/string by pressing Ctrl+6 (or Alt+A) with cursor at the beginning of the string. Now you can press Ctrl+k to cut and Ctrl+u to paste the word.

Copy text in nano

paste text in nano

As you can see in the above two screenshots, ‘made’ was selectively cut and pasted at the bottom.

4. 如何搜索、替换文字

The tool also allows you to search for a particular word, as well as replace it with another word.To search for a word in Nano, press Ctrl+w. Then, you will be asked to enter the word which you want to search. After entering the word, just hit Enter and the tool will take you to the matched entry.

search in nano

You can also replace a keyword with another by pressing Ctrl+. When you press this key combination, Nano asks you for the word which you want to be replaced. After entering the word, press enter and now it will ask for the replacement word. After this, it will ask you to confirm the changes. Once confirmed, changes are made.

Following three screenshots will help you in understanding the whole process.

search in file with nano

replace text in nano


5. 如何在本窗口中插入另一个文件

If you want, you can also insert data from another file into the one which you are currently editing in Nano. For this, press Ctrl+R and then give the path of the file which you want to open. Following are example screenshots of this feature:

merge files in nano

text inserted

As you can see in the screenshot above, the text of new file was inserted at the cursor position.

6. How to display the cursor position

If you want, you can also check the position of your cursor in the file. This can be done by pressing the Ctrl+c keyboard shortcut.

display cursor position

As you can see in the above screenshot, after Ctrl+c was pressed, the cursor position got highlighted in the editor area, and detailed information about it showed up in the status line (the one that’s highlighted – third line from the bottom of the window).

7. 如何显示光标位置

If you want, you can also have the cursor placed on a specific line and column of a file when the editor is launched. This can be done by providing required details when launching the editor. The command-line switch used for this feature is +line,column (line determines the line number, whereas column determines the column number).

$ nano +line,column [filename]

For example:

$ nano +2,5 abc.txt

place cursor on specific line and column at startup

As you can see in the above screenshot, the cursor was at the second line and fifth column when the file was opened.

8. 如何返回文件之前的版本

The tool allows you to backup the previous version of the file being edited. This is done after you make changes and save the file. This feature can be accessed using the -B command line option. 

$ nano -B [filename]

For example:

$ nano -B abc.txt

The backup will be saved in the current directory with the same filename but suffixed with a tilde (~). 

backup previous version of a file

Note that files created for the first time can not be backed up.

9. 如何备份本舰到指定目录

The tool allows you to save all of your backup files in a specific directory. This feature can be accessed using the -C or –backupdir command line option, which requires the path to the directory where you want to save backup files.

$ nano -B –backupdir=[directory-path]

10. 如何转换制表符和空格

The tool also allows you to convert tabs into spaces. This feature can be accessed using the -E command line option.

$ nano -E [filename]

For example, the following screenshot shows text that contains tabs between words.

convert tabs into spaces

Now, since the editor was launched with the -E option, when the changes were saved, the tabs were converted into spaces.

convert tabs into spaces - result


Given that the tutorial is targeted at beginners, we’ve just scratched the surface here. Use the Ctrl+G shortcut to learn more about Nano. Oh, and yes, don’t forget to try out the basics we’ve discussed here.



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