Mint19 XED text editor missing features. (Cinnamon 3.8)

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Mint19 XED text editor missing features. (Cinnamon 3.8)

Post by pgmer6809 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:51 pm

The XED text editor seems to be missing features, in particular plugins.
Is there some way of enabling the plugins properly?
Is there a better version of XED available for download?

1) If one looks at the XED help under the topic plugins it has a link to a web page:
where you can download more plugins.
But going there gets you to a screen that says that the page is not created yet.

2) The help for the sort plugin says that when you choose sort from the EDIT menu, a sort dialog box opens where you can specify sort options.
To use the Sort plugin, perform the following steps:
Select the lines of text you want to sort.
Choose Edit ▸ Sort. The Sort dialog opens.
Choose the options you want for the sort:
To arrange the text in reverse order, select Reverse order.
To delete duplicate lines, select Remove duplicates.
To ignore case sensitivity, select Ignore case.
To have the sort ignore the characters at the start of the lines, set the first character that should be used for sorting in the Start at column spin box.
But no such box opens, and the sort just happens right then; you have no option for example to select the starting column, or to choose reverse sort.
Synaptic does not show any extra XED packages that refer to plugins other than those installed.

3) One thing I really miss is a "recent Files" option when opening a file; or better showing inthe menu the last 4 files that were worked on.
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Re: Mint19 XED text editor missing features. (Cinnamon 3.8)

Post by Resistor » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:08 pm

You can use

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dconfig
editor to change the Recent Files number.

It seems to have no affect in Mint 19.
I have it set to 15, in Mint 17.3.
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Re: Mint19 XED text editor missing features. (Cinnamon 3.8)

Post by thx-1138 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:56 pm

pgmer6809 wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:51 pm
The XED text editor seems to be missing features, in particular plugins........
To use the Sort plugin, perform the following steps........
.......and the sort just happens right then; you have no option for example to select the starting column, or to choose reverse sort.
...the Sort-ing options were removed at some point in recent versions of Xed.

...I use & recommend Geany myself:
sudo apt-get install geany geany-plugin-lineoperations
Edit - Preferences - tick 'Enable plugin support' (this step might even be unneeded, can't recall now)...
Tools - Line Operations will then provide you access to what you want.

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Re: Mint19 XED text editor missing features. (Cinnamon 3.8)

Post by smurphos » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:35 am

Have you turned on recent files globally in the Privacy settings app?

+1 for geany.

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Re: Mint19 XED text editor missing features. (Cinnamon 3.8)

Post by Resistor » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:19 pm

smurphos wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:35 am
Have you turned on recent files globally in the Privacy settings app?

+1 for geany.
That worked and Recents have shown up.
Thanks, smurphos.
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