mousepad vs leafpad

Robert Moskowitz rgm at
Sun May 27 21:51:23 CEST 2018

On 05/27/2018 07:57 AM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Sun, 27 May 2018 13:13:16 +0200, jEsuSdA 8) wrote:
>> El 25/05/18 a las 19:25, Robert Moskowitz escribió:
>>> Thanks.
>>> For real editors I use Geany and vi.
>>> For simple text files, I was happy with leafpad.  I will now use
>>> mousepad instead.
>> Maybe you can consider PLUMA.
>> Pluma is a mid-term between Geany (full of features) and Leafpad
>> (maybe too simple).
>> And Pluma has not a lot of dependencies and it is very powerful. Also
>> Pluma integrates very good in XFCE.
> Hi,
> for different requirements I'm using different editors with and
> without a GUI, two of them are pluma and xed. I've got mousepad
> installed, but do not use it.
> As a starting point take a look at the size of the files of at least
> those three editors.
> $ ls -hAl /usr/bin/mousepad /usr/bin/pluma /usr/bin/xed
> -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 238K Nov 11  2017 /usr/bin/mousepad
> -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 638K Apr 11 02:29 /usr/bin/pluma
> -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 9.9K May 10 22:26 /usr/bin/xed

My heavy duty editing is XML for XML2RFC for IETF drafts.  Geany works 
really well for this for me.

I have also written all my html for by hand with Geany.

I have vi for decades for conf files.  Always there, well for the most part.

But I capture a lot of stuff in simple text files for lots of reasons.  
Leafpad was all I needed for that.  Now Mousepad.

> The size of those files alone is not necessarily entire meaningful, but
> it at least is a pointer.
> If you want the features, look and feel of pluma and a more lightweight
> editor than mousepad, consider to test xed. It might not fulfil your
> needs, but the chances that it does satisfy you are not too bad.
> I recommended xed for good reasons.
> I wonder on what all the other recommendations are based upon.
> The OP mentioned requirements, IMO xed is the best candidate to fulfil
> those requirements.
> Regards,
> Ralf
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