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Re: [Help-nano] Problem with the -n option

From: Benno Schulenberg
Subject: Re: [Help-nano] Problem with the -n option
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:29:27 +0100
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Hello Miki,

[Please reply to the list only.]

Op 14-01-18 om 15:38 schreef MikiStrange:
I'm trying to use th -n (--noread) option to write to openssl.

What is it exactly that you want to do?  To encrypt a file?  To send
a file from your filesystem through an encrypted channel to another

I've made my named pipe which seems to be reading from Nano ok but I'm having
the following problems.

If I write: nano -n gog > pipe2 (where gog is my file name)

That will send *all* output from nano (the whole screen, the prompts,
the help lines...) to the pipe2 thing, but *not* the contents of the
file gog -- because a file is written only to where it was read from
(unless you specify a different name).

What's in the file gog?  Because if you specify --noread (-n), then
nano will not read "gog", so you might as well specify no filename
at all.  If you want to create in nano the content that you want to
send to pipe2, then you would do:

  nano  --noread  pipe2

You type (or paste with the mouse) the stuff that you want to send,
and then type ^S (or ^O <Enter>)...  Aaah!  Nano refuses to accept
pipe2 as a file argument because it is not a normal file.  :(

That needs to be fixed.  Thank for the indirect bug report.  :)

If I write nano -n pipe2

Nano opens and warns me that pipe2 isn't a normal file, allows me to write
but when I save produces a file (which I can name during save) which is not
sent to openssl via the pipe.

If the above bug were fixed, would that be enough to enable you to
do what you want?


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