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EDT editor for Linux?

Does anyone out there have a working (and available) EDT-compatible editor for Linux? I know that various products existed back in the day, but I can't find any, and I could really use one. I'm working on an OpenVMS to Linux port for a customer, and while we can provide them with lots of good alternatives via Samba file shares and Windows IDE's, they are still going to be lost without a familiar command-line option. Any pointers are very welcome.

13 Answers
0   | Posted by Steve Ives to Other on 8/4/2021 7:07 PM
Bill Ferris
Steve --

It's been at least 20 years, but I believe we used to use a UNIX EDT editor provided by Boston Business Computing.  I worked very well.  I have no idea if they're still around.

8/5/2021 9:44 PM   0  
Gary Hoffmann
I was excited because I searched for NuTPU which is what I used on Unix.  It seemed like it was there, but when I went a step further, I got a hosting company's parking page.

You could use JED (not EDT) or you could possibly use edt-text-editor.sourceforge.net - I'm not 100% sure if that will build on Linux, but it looks like it should.



8/5/2021 10:16 PM   0  
Geoff MacCue
EDT++ from Boston Business Computing. BBC
Was owned by David Pikcilingis.
​Unfortunately EDT++ is no longer available, maybe for 15 years.
I have a copy for Linux with a four user licence but David would need to give me the OK to provide to you.
When installing on  linux you often need to add some Linux  libraries, not sure which ones though.

If you are not using all the features of EDT++ eg learn mode, alt keypad, special insert etc, then I suggest you find something which is current and supported.


Good luck.

8/6/2021 4:11 AM   0  
Phil Nicastro
Hi Steve, as you know I still used OpenVMS to edit source code using EDIT and/or TPU.  i just ftp source code down to the Linux server I use.
I recall an editor called e32 which I believe was distributed by then DISC that worked very similar to EDIT however when moving from SCO to Linux, the binary was no longer compatible so I was since unable to use it.
I still have an edt.tar that contains these files but don't know if this can be modified, rebuilt for Linux use or not.
tar xvf edt.tar

8/6/2021 8:56 PM   0  
Steve Ives
Thanks for all of the suggestions, both here and in email. NO success so far. The most promising so far was suggested by a colleague, an EDT plugin for EMACS, but so far it's not working out that great. I'll update here if I manage to find a good solution that works.

8/8/2021 11:03 PM   0  
Ian Johnson
Hi Steve
We had the same issue and I was to able to find a source  for nuTPU for Linux in the UK . We have evolved through DEC OSF and
HP-UX and the team wanted the same editor , nano was not what we were used to.
Source :   len@generix.ltd.uk , 4 Session license approx 1000 GBP

8/10/2021 12:32 PM   0  
Gordon Ireland
I just use nptepad++ from Windows on the source on Linux.

Or code in vs with a local Windows copy and then filezilla onto Linux. 

Actually editing on Linux is for wierdos

8/12/2021 10:24 PM   0  
Ken Stewart
Hi Steve,

We used to use Boston's EDT+ but had to ditch that years ago owing to platform changes/withdrawal of support.

Since then we've used "e32". It's not as full-featured as EDT+ but it does the job and includes things likes search/replace, teach mode, alt-buffers, escape to shell, etc. Very simple to install too.

Let me know if you'd like further info.

8/24/2021 8:52 AM   0  
Ken Stewart
Hey Gordon - are you calling me a weirdo?

8/24/2021 10:40 AM   0  
Gordon Ireland
I reckon most of the subscribers here would be proud to be considered wierdos

8/24/2021 10:42 AM   1  
Paul McMahon

I assume you tried these?



9/2/2021 10:10 PM   0  
Bret Tenny
Hey Gordon, and are you calling me a weirdo too?!

9/9/2021 9:34 PM   0  
Bret Tenny
I have trouble even spelling Windows!  Every time I try, it comes out "Linux".

9/9/2021 9:35 PM   0  
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