Edgy and nano: You mean nano -w, don’t you?

This is going to take a little getting used to, but it seems anything I do with nano in Edgy needs -w to keep it from wrapping around in hideous arcs.

So this is a mental note:

  • sudo nano -w /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  • sudo nano -w /etc/apt/sources.list
  • sudo nano -w /etc/fstab
  • sudo nano -w /etc/network/interfaces
  • sudo nano -w anything else I can think of.

A habit worth getting used to.

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4 Responses to “Edgy and nano: You mean nano -w, don’t you?”


  1. 1 William T. Foxtrot 2006/12/18 at 5:03 AM

    I’m confused. . . what exactly is the problem with just using nano? What do you mean by “hideous arcs”?

  2. 2 kmandla 2006/12/18 at 9:09 AM

    Sorry, I should have been more precise. It seems nano under Edgy (and I only say that because I didn’t seem to have this problem in Dapper or Breezy) defaults to wrap lines that extend past the right-hand screen border. As soon as you break a line with a new space, nano shifts down to the next line, sort of like a word processor would — that’s the “hideous arc.”

    The problem is, if you write out the file like that, it doesn’t re-concatenate those lines. So something like, for example, an fstab file (which is very long and clumsy now that the UUID numbers are part of it) that needs to be a long straight sequence to be read properly, becomes clipped or just built wrong.

    The -w option prevents nano from wrapping, and avoids miswriting those files when you’re editing them. A minor change, and probably not worth all the fuss I made over it. :)

  3. 3 dosnlinux 2006/12/18 at 12:27 PM

    Why not just make an alias?

  4. 4 kmandla 2006/12/18 at 3:31 PM

    I guess I could. It seems like one of those small habits that is worth adopting anyway, if only because it’s probably good for me.


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