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GNU ed 1.19 released

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: GNU ed 1.19 released
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2023 18:40:43 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ed 1.19.

GNU ed is a line-oriented text editor. It is used to create, display, modify and otherwise manipulate text files, both interactively and via shell scripts. A restricted version of ed, red, can only edit files in the current directory and cannot execute shell commands. Ed is the 'standard' text editor in the sense that it is the original editor for Unix, and thus widely available. For most purposes, however, it is superseded by full-screen editors such as GNU Emacs or GNU Moe.

The homepage is at

The sources can be downloaded from or from your favorite GNU mirror.

The sha256sum is:
ce2f2e5c424790aa96d09dacb93d9bbfdc0b7eb6249c9cb7538452e8ec77cd48  ed-1.19.tar.lz

This release is also GPG signed. You can download the signature by appending '.sig' to the URL. If the 'gpg --verify' command fails because you don't have the required public key, then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 8FE99503132D7742

Key fingerprint = 1D41 C14B 272A 2219 A739  FA4F 8FE9 9503 132D 7742

Changes in version 1.19:

* Reading a non-existent file with commands 'e' or 'E' did set the 'modified' flag, which prevented a following 'e' command from succeeding. (Reported by Harry Graf).

* The long name of option '-s' has been changed to '--script'. Option '-s' now only suppresses byte counts and the '!' prompt as mandated by POSIX. It no longer suppresses diagnostic messages written to stderr. (Both changes suggested by Andrew L. Moore).

* The short name '-q' has been assigned to options '--quiet' and '--silent'. Option '-q' now only suppresses diagnostic messages written to stderr.

* The help message showing the line where a script error happened when ed's input is from a regular file is now printed to stdout instead of stderr because it is enabled by the 'H' command.

* Ed no longer processes file names for backslash escapes. (Suggested by Andrew L. Moore).

* It has been documented in the manual that address 0 is valid as a starting point for searches so that '0;/RE/' can match the regular expression RE in the first line of the buffer.

* It has been documented in the manual how to achieve the effect of ex style '!' filtering with a sequence of commands.

Please send bug reports and suggestions to

Antonio Diaz, GNU ed maintainer.

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