Running on Linux

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Did you realize that your favorite text editor runs on Linux? Well, now you know, so if you've been thinking about making the switch, you're out of excuses.

To get EditPlus working under Linux, you need to install the popular Wine software. Download the EditPlus Windows installer. Then, in a terminal window, browse to the directory where the EditPlus file was downloaded. Invoke this command:

wine ./epp212_en.exe

It will automatically start the installation process, and once it's installed, you need to find where it installed to (somewhere like ~/.wine/fake_windows/Program Files/EditPlus 2/editplus.exe). Go to the directory where editplus.exe was installed (again, in a terminal window) and invoke this command:

wine ./editplus.exe

It should start up for you and you should be good to go!

Post-Install Tips

Fonts

If your Wine apps are using the ugly font that it picks by default, install Microsoft Tahoma font. It can be downloaded Here [1]

Simply run:

wine ./tahoma32.exe

Simply follow the prompts.


Fonts (the Debian way)

If you have Debian or a Debian-based distro (such as Ubuntu), you should be able to download and install this font (and other TrueType fonts) through "apt-get":

apt-get install msttcorefonts

Or, if not available in your current repository, you can download the debian package from [2] and then install it with:

dpkg -i msttcorefonts_1.2_all.deb

Known Bugs

Tools>Preferences does not seem to work in some versions of Wine. If this is the case in your version you might think about upgrading your Wine to a more recent version or follow the following steps:

  • If you wish to edit the preferences, you can do one of the following:
    • hand edit the configuration files located in the installation directory
    • you can get to the Preferences window by going to the Projects folder in the lower-left hand corner of the Editplus window. Choose Manage Project>Edit Project and the window will come up.
  • If you happen to be using Synergy at the same time that you're running EditPlus through Wine, and you copy something on a connected Windows box and bring the mouse focus back to Linux, then move the mouse over an open document in EditPlus, EditPlus will crash. It is probably extremely unlikely that you would happen to be running this specific system setup, so this bug will probably not apply to you. Copying and pasting between EditPlus and native Linux programs on the same machine does not appear to be an issue.
  • Ctrl+S for Save will switch between two open Wine apps. To workaround this, a tough trick should be used--we have to change the hot key for Save:
    1. Since the Preferences dialog box does not work with Wine, to change the hotkey, we have got to use Windows and launch EditPlus there, and change the key for Save :(
    2. After changing the key-binding, put the file default.key from your Windows EditPlus folder to your Linux EditPlus folder. You might mount to the Windows partition with Linux, and cp it, or if you are not so familiar with accessing Windows file system from Linux, when you are in Windows, upload the key-binding file to your web mailbox, like Yahoo, HotMail or something else, and download the file when you are back to Linux.