Q: What is the difference between textadept and textadeptjit? Which one should I use?

A: textadept uses Lua 5.3 while textadeptjit uses LuaJIT, which is based on Lua 5.1. Other than access to the FFI Library, textadeptjit does not provide any noteworthy benefits. It used to be the case that textadeptjit was slightly faster when loading large files, but Textadept 6.1 was the last version that had a noticible difference between the two. textadept is recommended.

Q: On Linux I get a error while loading shared libraries: <lib>: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory when trying to run Textadept. How do I fix it?

A: It is difficult to provide a binary that runs on all Linux platforms since the library versions installed vary widely from distribution to distribution. For example, “libpng14” was available for many distributions starting in late 2009 while Ubuntu 12.04 (circa 2012) used “libpng12”. More recently, some distributions have started using “libncurses6” while many distributions are still on “libncurses5”. Unfortunately in these cases, the best idea is to compile Textadept. This process is actually very simple though. Only the GTK+ development libraries are needed for the GUI version. (A development library for a curses implementation is required for the terminal version.)

Q: On Windows my anti-virus software says Textadept contains a virus. Does it? Or is this a false-positive?

A: Textadept does not contain any viruses and it certainly is a false positive. The likely culprits are the textadept-curses.exe and textadeptjit-curses.exe executables, which run in the Windows command prompt.

Q: Why can’t Textadept handle HUGE files very well?

A: Textadept is an editor for programmers. It is unlikely a programmer would be editing a gigantic log file. There are other tools for that case.

Q: When I open a file in a non-English language, I see a lot of strange characters.

A: Textadept was not able to detect the file’s encoding correctly. You’ll need to help it.

Q: When I click the “Compile” or “Run” menu item (or execute the key command), either nothing happens or the wrong command is executed. How can I tell Textadept which command to run?

A: The LuaDoc describes compile and run commands and you can configure them in your preferences.

Q: In the curses version on Linux, pressing ^Z suspends Textadept instead of performing an “Undo” action. How can I disable suspend and perform “Undo” instead?

A: Place the following in your ~/.textadept/init.lua file:

events.connect(events.SUSPEND, function()
  return true
end, 1)

Q: In Linux, middle-clicking in the curses version does not paste the primary selection and selecting text does copy to the primary selection. All other terminal apps support this functionality, why not Textadept?

A: It does; use the Shift modifier key with your middle-clicking and text selecting. Textadept interprets non-Shifted mouse events like a GUI application.

Q: The curses version does not support feature x the GUI version does. Is this a bug?

A: Maybe. Some terminals do not recognize certain key commands like Shift+Arrow for making selections. Linux’s virtual terminals (the ones accessible with Ctrl+Alt+FunctionKey) are an example. GNOME Terminal, LXTerminal and XTerm seem to work fine. rxvt and rxvt-unicode do not work out of the box, but may be configurable.

Please see the curses compatibility section of the appendix. If the feature in question is not listed there, it may be a bug. Please contact me with any bug reports.

Q: Pressing ^O in the curses version on Mac OSX does not do anything. Why?

A: For whatever reason, ^O is discarded by the terminal driver. To enable it, run stty discard undef first. You can put the command in your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile to make it permanent.

Q: How can I get the terminal version on Mac OSX to show more than 8 colors?

A: Enable the “Use bright colors for bold text” setting in your Terminal.app preferences.

Q: Why does Textadept remember its window size but not its window position?

A: Your window manager is to blame. Textadept is not responsible for, and should never attempt to set its window position.

Q: I am not able to use the “Consolas” or [insert other Windows font package here] on Windows. Textadept just uses a default font. How can I get it to use my font?

A: You’ll have to provide the full name of the font, such as “Consolas Regular”, rather than just the name of the “ttf” file in your Fonts directory.