cut/copy of a block of text

Asked by John Pye on 2009-02-09

With reference to
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gedit/+question/37361

is there *ANY* tool in GNOME that allows cut/copy of a block of text such as the 111s from the following?

00000000
00011100
00011100
00000000

I know that TextPad on Windows does this, and according to cited question, 'kwrite' does it, but it would be great to have a GNOME tool that I can use for this.

Cheers
JP

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Patrick M (prmillius) said : #1

I am a bit of a newbie, but I think that open office word proceesor or tomboy notes will let you do this.

John Pye (jdpipe) said : #2

Not true. This is special.

John Pye (jdpipe) said : #3

To clarify: I want to select ALL of the 111's in the above example, not just one row at a time. Usually you wouldn't be able to do this without also getting the 000's, which I *don't* want here.

This functionality is particularly useful when rearranging tabular plaintext data, arranging text in columns, etc.

In question you refer Curtis Horvey said:

"There are no plugin that provide block selection. The feature is a tricky because the underlying GtkSourceView and GtkTextView do not support a grid-based way of selecting. The feature has been requested from time to time, but without an obvious way to implement it, no progress has been made."

So this mean, this function is not available in GTK (graphical library for Gnome)...

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