UNIX Editors Here are three common programs used to edit text files on unix computers : The above list has them listed in roughly increasing level of difficulty (xedit is much easier to use than emacs). However, emacs is much more capable and powerful than xedit.

xedit runs under Xwindows and therefore, if you are using Xwindows, it is quite handy. In addition, you can expect to find it on virtually all unix workstations (no matter who makes the computers). To learn more about xedit use the unix man command. Whenever you are logged onto a unix computer you can just type:

man xedit

vi is also available on virtually all unix workstations. It is worth learning at least enough basic vi commands so that you can always alter text files on any Unix machine..