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GNU Zile
A light Emacs clone.

Zile is a small, fast, and powerful Emacs clone. It is useful for small footprint installations (e.g. on floppy disk) or quick editing sessions. Festures include:

  • Small. It is very useful for small footprint installations (like on floppy disk) or quick editing sessions. A typical binary is about 100Kb.
  • 8-bit clean. Zile can operate with binary files.
  • Looks like Emacs. Most Zile key sequences and function names are identical to Emacs ones.
  • Multi buffer editing with multi level undo. The number of files and undo operations that Zile can handle is limited only by memory.
  • Multi window. Zile can display multiple windows on the screen.
  • Killing, yanking and registers. The standard killing, yanking and register features of Emacs are available under Zile.
  • Minibuffer completion. Zile can complete commands and filenames in the minibuffer.
  • Auto fill (word wrap). Zile automatically breaks the lines when they become too wide (if the Auto Fill Mode is enabled).

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Download version 2.4.13 (stable)
released on 18 October 2016

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GPLv3orlaterAndrew Engelbrecht6 December 2011

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Reuben Thomas Maintainer

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 8 January 2017.


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