Nano: Open a file at a specific position
Nano isn't the best editor but it does a fairly good job at staying out the way and letting you edit or view things without needing a cheat-sheet of cryptic keyboard shortcuts. However, what do you do when you have a 50,000 line document and you want to get a specific line somewhere near the middle?
It’s been said (and shouted) at least a billion times but you need to RTFM. Not enough people do. Even I’m guilty; first I Googled and then asked on IRC. Just ask
--help and you’ll see it’s not that hard!
oli@bert:~$ nano --help Usage: nano [OPTIONS] [[+LINE,COLUMN] FILE]... Option GNU long option Meaning -h, -? --help Show this message ...
So if I was hunting for line
/var/lib/dpkg/status (as I just was), I’d fire off:
sudo nano +23971 /var/lib/dpkg/status
And it works, as expected. Magic.