New in Epsilon 10
Epsilon 10 is now available. This page describes its new features.
You can also see the features we added in older
versions, or in Epsilon 11, Epsilon 12, or Epsilon
13. And here's how to order your
Epsilon 10 includes these operating system versions:
All versions share most customization files.
- A 32-bit Linux executable, and another for FreeBSD Unix. Each
runs as an X program under the X Windowing System, or as a
curses-style program on the console or terminals.
- A graphical version that runs under all 32-bit versions of
- A Win32 console-mode executable that runs under all 32-bit
versions of Windows. It looks much like the DOS version of Epsilon,
but provides most of the features of the Win32 GUI version.
- A 16-bit graphical Windows version designed for Windows 3.1.
- A 16-bit OS/2 version.
- A 16-bit DOS version of Epsilon.
Some features are only available under certain operating system
versions of Epsilon. indicates a feature is available in
both the 16-bit and 32-bit Windows versions of Epsilon. indicates a feature is only available under Windows NT/2000
or Windows 95/98/ME. indicates a feature is only available
under Linux or Unix.
Features for Programming
- Epsilon includes new modes for Perl, PostScript, GAMS, Asm files,
makefile and .mak files, .ini files, and Unix shell scripts and
configuration files. It also recognizes some variations on existing
modes, such as .idl files.
- In C/C++/Java/EEL/Perl, Epsilon displays the current function's
name in the window title or mode line. See the variable display-definition
- In C/C++/Java/EEL/Perl,
Alt-Q fills paragraphs
within block comments, preserving any prefix before each line.
Epsilon can also auto-fill comments as you type.
Alt-' displays the functions and variables defined
in the current file, in all modes that implement tagging. You can
select one and move there. See the list-definitions command.
Alt-i displays the
#if conditionals in
effect for the current line in C/C++/Java/EEL buffers. See the list-preprocessor-conditionals
- Tagging works better with C++ classes and preprocessor
conditionals. Epsilon now automatically retags the current file if
it can't find a tag. Epsilon now tags structure members. The new untag-files command lists all the
files referenced by the current tags file, then lets you delete
references to particular files.
- If a file name appears in the file you're editing, use Ctrl-X
Ctrl-L to follow the link and edit it. When editing HTML it views the
HTML source of the linked file. When editing C-like languages it
searches for #include files. It also works in other buffers.
- The directory editor dired can now display the Windows property
page of a file or run a program on a file.
Alt-o offers quicker access to common directory
editor operations without running dired first. Delete, copy, rename,
view, show properties (etc.) with less typing.
- Dired can now rename files by uppercasing or lowercasing their
names, or via regular expression substitution.
- The new find-read-only-file command
reads a file but won't permit changing its buffer.
- The cd command on F7 to change
directories now shows and completes only on directories.
- Two new variables let you customize what Epsilon restores. See
- In bufed, Shift-P prints the current
buffer. Bufed's display now indicates read-only buffers.
- Printing in Epsilon for MS-Windows now includes margins. Use the
print-setup command or
File/Print Setup from the menu to alter them. Running a print
command with a numeric argument now makes it skip displaying a
dialog. There are also new options to include line numbers and
control wrapping. GUI only.
- The save-all-buffers
command on Ctrl-X S now continues if some files could not be saved,
saves the rest, then reports how many files could not be saved.
- Windows Explorer-style file dialogs now retain their current
directory setting from one Epsilon session to the next.
- The new change-file-read-only
command lets you toggle whether or not a file is read-only.
- Epsilon for Windows integrates better with Developer Studio
through a new add-on, and another add-on makes it easier to use
Epsilon as a desktop shortcut.
- You can use the new filter-region command on
Alt-| to process the current region through an external
command. By default, the external command's output goes to a new
buffer. Run filter-region with a numeric argument if you want the
output to replace the current region.
- Under NT or Windows 2000, Epsilon now sets its current directory
to that of the concurrent process (as long as you let the command
processor cmd.exe use its standard prompt that includes the current
- Epsilon supports multiple concurrent processes on some
- It's now easier to extend Epsilon's error parsing. Epsilon can
now check a series of regular expression patterns that match possible
error message formats.
- Searches now wrap. Ctrl-S at a failing forward search wraps around to
the start of the buffer, and displays Wrapping. If you keep on searching and
find matches you've already seen, Epsilon displays Overwrapping. Ctrl-R at a
failing reverse search is similar.
- Search strings saved in Epsilon's history list may now contain
newlines. Epsilon's searching commands no longer have a 255
character limit on the search string
- The keys
now page horizontally, instead of resizing the window horizontally.
The new command jump-to-column on
Alt-g goes to a specified column.
- The goto-line command accepts a
buffer percentage like 30% instead of a line number. You may add a
:column number after either, as in
go to line 10, column 20.
- Ctrl-Tab now moves among windows like Ctrl-X N. Shift-Ctrl-Tab moves
like Ctrl-X P.
Epsilon includes an info file viewer. Press F1 i to start it.
- Epsilon's online manual is now available in an "info" format that
makes it viewable and searchable within Epsilon. The WinHelp version
of the manual is also included for Windows platforms.
- The complete Epsilon manual is included in HTML format so you can
read it from a web browser. Press F1 h in Epsilon to see it.
- Alt-x man is available for reading
man pages under Unix.
- Epsilon's apropos command now
works in Windows as in other environments.
Command Line Flags
- The new -vv command line flag instructs Epsilon to split the
screen vertically, not horizontally, when more than one file is
specified on the command line.
- The -vx and -vy flags let you specify the position of Epsilon's
window in Epsilon for Windows. For example,
positions the upper left corner of Epsilon's window at pixel
- Epsilon for Unix recognizes various standard X flags such as
-geometry to position and size Epsilon's window, -fn or -font to set
the font, and -display to set the display. The -vt flag forces
Epsilon for Unix to run as a curses-style program, not an X program.
By default Epsilon runs as an X program under X, and a curses-style
- You can now tell Epsilon to go to a particular column (as well as
line) from the command line. Write
filename to go to line 10, column 20, in the indicated file.
There are also many other minor improvements throughout the editor.
- The compare-windows command
now ignores whitespace. See the compare-windows-ignores-space
- Epsilon retains more undo history in all 32-bit versions. Undo
now restores the unmodified state of a buffer when appropriate, and
displays an indication when passing a buffer-save or buffer-read in
the undo history. Rereading a buffer is now undoable.
- In Unix, selecting text with the mouse copies it to a kill buffer
(and the clipboard), like copy-region does. See the mouse-selection-copies
variable. In Unix, the center mouse button yanks text instead of
panning. See the mouse-center-yanks variable.
- In auto-fill mode, Epsilon will now break the line as soon as it
becomes too long, instead of waiting until you type a
- The cua-keyboard command makes
Epsilon recognize standard Windows keystrokes like Ctrl-C to copy,
Ctrl-V to paste.
- The commands grep and file-query-replace, when
applied to buffers instead of files by a numeric prefix argument, now
understand simple wildcard characters like
[a-z] when specifying which buffers
to search and replace in.
- Epsilon now recognizes some new regular expression syntax.
- Epsilon for Windows can draw a focus rectangle around the current
line, for users who have trouble seeing the cursor. See the draw-focus-rectangle
variable. It can also draw a column marker at a user-specified
column; see the draw-column-markers variable.
- When specifying color classes in EEL, you can now provide a
default definition for the class, indicating that it should use
specific colors, or be based on some other class. Individual color
schemes can then override this setting, as necessary.
- Epsilon can now send DDE messages to other programs.
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Last Updated: 1 October 2009