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the simplest text editor on Mac OS X

Which text editor(s) on the following two lists are the simplest GUI-based text editor?

Cyberduck 3.0.3 Doesn't Support TextEdit

Fugu 1.2.0 Doesn't Support TextEdit

When I say simple, I means simple like Notepad on Windows, TextEdit on Mac OS X, Mousepad on Linux, Kedit on KDE, DTPad on Solaris, and Cyno's Editor on Java. Please let me know. Thanks.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 16 Nov 2008 06:21:49 +0000

I use text editor...writeroom too.
Less writeroom is not free...
What are you using cyberduck for?

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 07:26:34 +0000

here's how you get textedit to work with fugu... possibly similar with cyberduck.
Customizing the Editor in Fugu

did you read my note about using MacFUSE and MacFusion? They allow you to mount your remote directories locally over ssh. So much simpler.

a lot of people swear by bbedit and textmate, but they are not free. textwrangler is free from the maker of bbedit, but not as feature rich.

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 09:15:42 +0000

I need to connect to remote web hosting servers to update files, write software, etc. Like changing the templates on Cirqo.

Thanks for your help. I hacked Fugu. Although it let me load up the remote file in TextEdit, saving the file only changes the local copy. It doesn't update the remote version. So it's pretty much useless to me.

I had my doubts about Macfusion at first. Because I thought maybe there would be problems if I try to mount a connection to a remote web hosting server. But after trying it out, it seemed to work . . . if the remote server didn't time out first.

So far, I'm pretty happy with it. Only thing that I can nitpick on is that it won't remember the last directory I was in. But I guess that's the way Finder works with hard drives.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 16 Nov 2008 10:47:50 +0000

you can probably tweak the ssh options to be more lax with timeouts...

as for remembering the last accessed paths, there isn't a way. but you can just set up symlinks or have macfusion mount a specific path.

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 19:39:52 +0000

As of today, I have given up on all Mac SCP solutions. They all suck; including MacFusion, because it doesn't support proxy redirection.

So I have gone with installing WinSCP on top of CrossOver (thanks, gnowk, for notifying us of the free CrossOver offer). So far, it's working well. I'm forced to use the non-object-oriented Norton Command interface, rather using it with Windows Explorer (there is no Windows Explorer on Mac OS X). But it'll do.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 00:55:55 +0000

I am not familiar with using proxy redirection over scp. I assume you don't mean ssh tunneling. Can you elaborate?

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 09:41:00 +0000

It's the same as setting a proxy in a browser. WinSCP allows you to set a proxy.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:01:13 +0000

SOCKS proxy?

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:25:29 +0000

WinSCP supports Socks4, Socks5, HTTP, and Telnet proxies. I use HTTP.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 12:19:46 +0000

not sure if it will work, but try the global proxy settings in System Preferences

System Preferences => Network => Advanced => Proxies => Configure Proxies => Manually

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 12:49:00 +0000

Thanks. That's already set.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 14:34:06 +0000

so you can't use that?

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:47:21 +0000

can't use what?

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:00:27 +0000

the proxy setting in system preferences for your proxy redirection problem.

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:56:32 +0000

proxy setting seems to work, but MacFusion doesn't seem to work with it.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 17:35:37 +0000


it looks like it can be done... just not very user friendly.

Ssh through a proxy from your Apple Mac OS X

macfusion should work after this, you might or might not have to tell macfusion to use your ~/.ssh/config

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 18:18:43 +0000

What are you trying to do? What's Macfusion? It said something about letting you work with files over the Internet.

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 19:32:48 +0000

Macfusion is a GUI frontend for a program called macfuse (which in turn is a port of fuse for os x) that allows you to mount a remote file system as if it were a local drive.

Traditionally, this is done using Appletalk, NFS, SAMBA, etc., but these protocols usually run within a closed network. Fuse made it possible to do this over the internet.

Chieh's trying to do this from behind a firewall (i presume), which requires additional work.

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 19:49:54 +0000

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