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Our standard editor is emacs (an alternative is nedit). See the emacs help page for a discussion of some useful features.

emacs can be slow to start up. To get round this you can

Call the function server-start either from the keyboard (using <Extend char>-x server-start) or by putting (server-start) in your ~/.emacs file.
Set the EDITOR environment variable to emacsclient. To do this automatically on login add export EDITOR=emacsclient to your ~/.profile file.
This will re-use the crrent emacs window if available, rather than start a new one. When you have finished with a file loaded in this way, type <CTRL>-#.

Tim Love