Configuration files are defined as the files that contain the most important settings of any software or application. They are there to help that software or application in operating effectively. Sometimes, you might wish to edit these configuration files to modify the behavior of a particular application or software as per your needs.
Here at LinuxAPT, we shall look into the text editors that can be used to view and edit the contents of a configuration file on a Linux Mint 20.3 system.
1. The Nano Editor
The Nano editor is the default text editor of Linux Mint 20.3 i.e. you do not need to install it rather it is already present. It has a very simple interface and is extremely easy to use. You can know more about this text editor by visiting the following link: https://www.nano-editor.org/.
The Nano editor can be used very conveniently for viewing and editing the contents of a configuration file in Linux Mint 20.3. If you wish to access the Nano editor in Linux Mint 20.3, you will have to run the command given below in your system’s terminal:
If you wish to view and edit any configuration file with the Nano editor in Linux Mint 20.3, then you will simply need to execute the command given above followed by the complete path to the configuration file that you want to access.
2. The Vim Editor
The Vim editor is extremely versatile in terms of the features that it offers. You can read more about this text editor by following the link mentioned over here: https://www.vim.org/. This text editor can also be used very easily for viewing and editing the contents of a configuration file using Linux Mint 20.3, however, this text editor is not installed by default on the said operating system. Therefore, if you wish to use this text editor for viewing and editing your configuration files, then, you will have to install it first on your system by running the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install vim
You can launch this text editor (once it is successfully installed on your system) by running the command:
This command will display the interface of the Vim editor.
You can view and edit any configuration file of your choice in Linux Mint 20.3 by running the command mentioned above followed by the complete path of that configuration file.
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