Opening and editing files
It is handy to know the basics on how to edit files. There are a number of different programs available, but for this example and throughout the tutorials we will use Nano.
To use a text editor, you simply put the name of the editor, then the name of the file you wish to open. If the file doesn’t exist already, it will be automatically created for you.
Then just add the text you wish to write, and hit
S to save. To exit the file, you can use the shortcut
In nano, you would have seen at the bottom references to a series of Commands. We won’t go through them in detail, but highlight that the
^ symbol represents the
ctrl button on your keyboard.
Once you have exited your file, you can use the command
cat to see the entire contents, for example:
If you would like to see just the first few lines of your file, using the command
head which will just show the first 10 lines.
You now know the absolute basics to open and edit files.