edbrowse - text editor and web browser
edbrowse [ file1 ] [ file2 ] ...
edbrowse [ url1 ] [ url2 ] ...
(This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
because the original program does not have a man page. Instead the
program is documented in detail in the HTML documentation that
accompanies the program; see below.)
edbrowse is a line-oriented text editor very similar to ed(1), It is
used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text files.
In addition edbrowse can be used to display web pages and edit the
If edbrowse is invoked with a file argument, then a copy of file is
read into the editor’s buffer. If it is invoked with a url argument,
then the url is read into the editor’s buffer and the HTML is rendered
as text. Changes are made to this copy and not directly to file or url
Please refer to ed(1) for further details regarding the editing
commands. Explanation of the browsing functions can be found in the
To read the HTML documentation on a Debian system you can do
To read (say) 20 lines of the buffer at a time starting from the top
use the command 1z20 followed by repeating z to scroll another 20
lines at a time.
To quit the editor completely type qt . Upon quitting edbrowse, any
changes not explicitly saved with a w command are lost. The w
command does not apply to URLs but one can save the corresponding
buffer to a file by the command w file.
-h Display the usage message.
-e Batch mode. This options causes edbrowse to exit when it
encounters an error.
-d? Debug level. Can be set to a value between 0 and 9. The default
is 1 which prints the sizes of buffers. Some people like 2 which
prints out URLs as they are retrieved. This value can be changed
within the editor with the dbx command with x a value betwen 0
-c Edit config file. This command supresses the processing of the
configuration file $HOME/.ebrc and starts editing it instead.
This option is useful if this file is syntactically incorrect or
$HOME/.ebrc Configuration file. The file which edbrowse reads
when it starts up. If the file exists then it must
be syntactically correct.
When an error occurs, if edbrowse it prints a ‘?’ and returns to
command mode. An explanation of the last error can be printed with the
h (help) command.
Attempting to quit edbrowse with the q command or trying to edit
another file before writing a modified buffer results in an error. If
the command is entered a second time, it succeeds, but any changes to
the buffer are lost.
This manual page is not complete. Users should refer to the HTML
documentation for fuller details of the configuration options and for
details of the use of edbrowse.
ed(1), sed(1), pcrepattern(3).
The HTML documentation 〈/usr/share/doc/edbrowse/edbdoc.html〉 provides
greater detail about the program.
This manual page was originally written by Kapil Hari Paranjape
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but it may be
used by others).
The edbrowse program is written by Karl Dahlke <email@example.com>. The
author maintains a web page 〈http://edbrowse.sourceforge.net〉 for the