There's a lot you can do to speed up typing by using GNU Readline. We'll explore how in this series
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GNU Readline is a software library that provides line-editing and history capabilities for interactive programs with a command-line interface, such as Bash. It is currently maintained by Chet Ramey as part of the GNU Project. This series looks at some of the features of this powerful library.
The power of GNU Readline - part 1
We all use GNU Readline if we we use the CLI in Linux because it manages input, line editing and command history in Bash and in many tools.
I have been using Unix and later Linux since the 1980's, and gradually learnt how to do things like jump to the start or the end of the line, delete a character backwards up to a space, or delete the entire line.
I think that learning GNU Readline is worthwhile since it contains a lot more features than what I just described. I thought I would do a few episodes on HPR to introduce some of what I consider to be the most useful features.
I want to keep the episodes short since this is a dry subject, and, if you are anything like me, you can't take in more than a few key sequences at a time.
The source of my information is the GNU Readline Manual. This is very well written, if a little overwhelming.
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