Add a short alias (eg "gted") for gnome-text-editor

Bug #1987556 reported by amano
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
GNOME Text Editor
Fix Released
gnome-text-editor (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

Unix pro users on the terminal emulator probably use vi, emacs or nano to edit plain text files. Those editors have all short binary names because it is a practical common UNIX practice to use short binary names for common usage patterns.

With Ubuntu 22.10 gnome-text-editor is going to be the new default text editor instead of gedit. I used gedit quite often for editing files and "gedit" was as easy and fast to type as "vi" or "nano".

gnome-text-editor is certainly not written for being invoked from the terminal but like gedit before it will be used a lot by Linux beginners for its ease of use (like notepad on Windows).

Having a short alias name like e.g. "gted" by default would make it easy to invoke gnome-text-editor for those who don't know how to set aliases or edit the .bashrc. And having it set by default would help seeing it used in Ubuntu tutorials.

Upstream is not willing to discuss the clunky binary name (tried to file a bug there to no avail) thus this would be a non intrusive downstream workaround.

As Debian is more of a power user distribution and Ubuntu more beginner-centric, I decided to file the bug for Ubuntu only. I proposed "gted" because the full term doesn't seem to be commonly used in a UNIX context yet and the "ed" part is often used in a UNIX context to indicate a text editor ("ED", "sED", gEDit,...).

1) System: Ubuntu 22.10 development version

2) Package: gnome-text-editor 42.2

3) What I expected to happen: a fast way to open the text editor that I am used to in gnome-terminal

4) what happened instead: "gnome-text-editor filename"

amano (jyaku)
description: updated
description: updated
description: updated
Changed in gnome-text-editor (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gnome-text-editor:
status: Unknown → Fix Released
Jeremy Bícha (jbicha)
Changed in gnome-text-editor (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Revision history for this message
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-text-editor - 42.2-1ubuntu2

gnome-text-editor (42.2-1ubuntu2) kinetic; urgency=medium

  * Add debian/links to install short gted alias (LP: #1987556)
  * Build-Depend on libpcre3-dev. This change should be dropped for 43

 -- Jeremy Bicha <email address hidden> Tue, 06 Sep 2022 09:31:39 -0400

Changed in gnome-text-editor (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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