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Edlin--Note

Maximum line length

Edlin accepts a maximum of 253 characters per line.

Edlin commands

The following is a list of Edlin commands with a brief description of each command:

Command
Description
line
Displays the line you specify.
?
Displays a list of Edlin commands.
A
Loads a portion of a file into memory when insufficient memory prohibits loading the entire file.
C
Copies a block of consecutive lines to the line number you specify.
D
Deletes a block of consecutive lines.
E
Writes the edited file from memory to a disk (saves the file), and stops the Edlin session.
I
Inserts one or more lines.
L
Displays a block of consecutive lines.
M
Moves a block of consecutive lines.
P
Displays a file one page at a time.
Q
Stops the Edlin session without writing the edited file from memory to a disk.
R
Searches for a string of one or more characters, and replaces it.
S
Searches for a string of one or more characters.
T
Merges the contents of another file on a disk with the contents of the file that is in memory.
w
Writes the first portion of the file in memory to a disk.

Meaning of the asterisk character in Edlin

The asterisk (*) is used for two purposes in Edlin. When an asterisk appears as the only character on the display line, it is the Edlin prompt after which you type Edlin commands. When an asterisk appears after a line number on the display line, it indicates that the line is the current line (where the cursor is located).

Meaning of a page of text

A page of text is one full screen of information. With a 25-line screen mode, Edlin displays 24 lines of text per page. The number of lines per page depends on the screen mode you are using.

Starting and stopping insert mode

To insert lines into the file in memory, use the Edlin I (Insert) command. Once you have finished inserting lines, press ENTER and then CTRL+C to stop insert mode. For more information about inserting lines, see the Edlin I (Insert) command.

Editing keys

Windows NT provides several editing keys that you can use to edit the file in memory.

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