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This command is run in the standard Linux environment via the Terminal Activity. The GUI will probably not integrate comfortably with the XO Laptop's Sugar environment. Your user experience may vary considerably depending on the established environment and the other programs running on the laptop, may need re-installation after an OS Update. See the Linux software category for other commands.
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Screenshot showing Nano inside the Terminal activity.
  • Nano is a text editor included in recent builds of the OLPC (such as builds 650 and 653).
  • It runs from the terminal, not from within the Sugar desktop, so is mainly of use to developers.
  • It is an alternative to the vi text editor.
  • Nano is based on Pico, an older text editor familiar to users of the Pine e-mail program.

Usage Tips

  • Although ctrl-key combinations are listed for all commands, you can use the Escape key (black circled x) as a substitute for combinations that Sugar reserves for other purposes, such as CTRL-O for WriteOut (file save, represented as ^O on the nano menu). Instead, press Escape twice, then the letter O. The usual WriteOut "File Name to Write:" prompt will appear.

CTRL-Shift-O will also work.

Copying to Journal

Once you have saved your text file within the linux file system, you may need to copy it into the Journal so that it can be viewed within Sugar. This page shows how to do this.

For Developers

  • To have Python syntax coloring within Nano, copy File:Nanorc.txt to the home directory, and rename it to .nanorc .

External Links