Se (text editor)

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Stable release
3.0 / March 6, 2013
Written in C
Operating system Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OpenSolaris, GNU, Haiku, MINIX, Cygwin
Type text editor
License Public domain software[1]

se (screen-editor) is also known as the Georgia Tech Screen Editor. According to the README file in its sources, Se started out as the version of 'ed' that came with the book 'Software Tools', by Kernighan and Plauger, which was written in Ratfor.

Several people, including Dan Forsyth and Arnold Robbins worked on the program, making improvements before and after converting it to C in early 1985. The program was first posted to the comp.sources.unix newsgroup in December 1986. The final version noted in the external links dates from 1987.

There was also a different (and earlier) se screen-based editor for Unix, which was based on ed.[2]


  1. ^ COPYING in se-3.0.1.tar.gz "The se source code and associated files are in the public domain. There are a few output files from autoconf/automake (configure, Makefile, etc) which contain copyright notices. Those notices give unlimited permission to copy and/or distribute the files, with or without modifications, as long as the notices are preserved."
  2. ^ Jim Joyce (1984). "Interview with Bill Joy". Unix Review. 

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