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       lpe - Lightweight programmer’s editor


       lpe [ --help | --version ]
       lpe [--mode <mode>] [ -- ] file


       Lpe  is a small, fast, visual text editor designed to make editing code
       easier.  It provides  simultaneously  all  the  features  that  may  be
       required  in  a good code editor while preserving a light and intuitive
       feel that makes it nice to use.

       --help Prints a brief description  of  program  usage  and  terminates.
              This  must be the first option to lpe, and all other options are

              Prints a message indication the program version and  terminates.
              This  must be the first option to lpe, and all other options are

       --mode Sets the buffer mode to the one specified, instead  of  scanning
              for a suitable mode from those available.

       --     Treat  future arguments as file names, not options.  This allows
              lpe to be used to edit files starting with the - character.


       What follows are the control key functions for lpe.  Arrow keys,  home,
       end, backspace, delete and the like all do as they would be expected to
       do.  Some control keys are bound to the same function as some  standard
       movement  keys,  such  as  home or page down.  This is because the more
       intuitive keys may not be available on some systems.

   Command Keys
       Ctrl-Q Move cursor to beginning of line (alternative to Home)

       Ctrl-W Move cursor to end of line (alternative to End)

       Ctrl-R Scroll one screen up (alternative to PgUp)

       Ctrl-T Scroll one screen down (alternative to PgDn)

       Ctrl-O Move to the next word

       Ctrl-P Move to the previous word

       Ctrl-K Kill the current line

       Ctrl-Y or Ctrl-U
              Insert the most recent block of killed lines

       Ctrl-S Search for a specified string in the file

       Ctrl-A Search again for the last search query

       Ctrl-F Ctrl-O
              Open a new file to replace the current buffer

       Ctrl-F Ctrl-S
              Save the buffer to disk

       Ctrl-F Ctrl-A
              Save to disk with an alternate file name

       Ctrl-F Ctrl-R
              Read a file and insert it at the current cursor position

       Ctrl-F Ctrl-E
              Pretend that a buffer hasn’t been modified

       Ctrl-B Ctrl-S
              Set the mode of the current buffer

       Ctrl-B Ctrl-T
              Toggle between hard and soft tabs for this buffer

       Ctrl-B Ctrl-A
              Toggle automatic indentation of this buffer

       Ctrl-G Ctrl-A
              Go to the first line of the buffer

       Ctrl-G Ctrl-S
              Go to the last line of the buffer

       Ctrl-G Ctrl-G
              Go to a specific line number of the buffer

       Ctrl-N Ctrl-R
              Enter a value for the command repeater

       Ctrl-N Ctrl-T
              Multiply the command repeater value by four

       Ctrl-N Ctrl-O
              Start or stop recording a macro

       Ctrl-N Ctrl-P
              Play back the last recorded macro

       Ctrl-V Ctrl-V
              Pass the entire buffer through a shell command

       Ctrl-V Ctrl-A
              Pass the entire buffer through an awk script

       Ctrl-V Ctrl-S
              Pass the entire buffer through a sed script

       Ctrl-V Ctrl-B
              Pass several lines of the buffer through a shell command

       Ctrl-V Ctrl-D
              Pass several lines of the buffer through an awk script

       Ctrl-V Ctrl-F
              Pass several lines of the buffer through a sed script

       Ctrl-D Perform an internal debug command

       Ctrl-X Write the buffer to disk and exit

              Exit without writing to disk

       Ctrl-Z Suspend the editor and escape to a prompt

       Ctrl-L Erase and redraw the entire screen

              <interrupt> refers to your terminal’s interrupt  key.   This  is
              often  Ctrl-C,  but  can vary between terminals.  Ctrl-Z, on the
              other hand, is fixed, regardless of the normal stop key for your


       Although  lpe is meant to be small, it has the capability of performing
       more advanced actions through a feature known as buffer modes.   Buffer
       modes  allow  lpe  to  act  differently  according  to  the programming
       language in the current buffer.  They are implemented through  language
       modules,  which  are  loaded  at run-time by lpe to handle buffers that
       they apply to.

       All language modules should be placed in a module repository directory.
       These  directories are set by the LPE_MODULE_PATH environment variable,
       which should be a  colon-separated  list  of  directories  (similar  to
       PATH).   If this variable is not set, then lpe scans for modules in the
       following locations, and in this order:

       $HOME/.lpe /usr/local/lib/lpe /usr/lib/lpe /etc/lpe

       Note that the /etc/lpe directory is old,  obsolete,  and  non-standard.
       It should not be used to hold modules.  As modules are binary files and
       are specific to  the  architecture  that  uses  them,  they  should  be
       properly placed in the lib directories listed above.

       These  locations are scanned at run-time, and any regular files in them
       are  interpreted  as  potential  language  modules  for  use  by   lpe.
       Subdirectories  will  not  be  scanned.   A buffer will be assigned the
       first mode found that applies to that file, so for example a mode in  a
       user’s  home  directory  will  override  one  in  the  system-wide  lib


       emacs(1), pico(1)


       Chris Smith,


       Lots of ’em -- see the BUGS file in  the  distribution  for  a  partial
       list.  I am not planning on updating this man page often enough to keep
       up with the bug list, so I won’t even try to list bugs here.

                               12 December 1998