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     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

          acme, win - interactive text windows

          acme [ -f varfont ] [ -F fixfont ] [ -c ncol ] [ -b ] [ -l
          file | file ... ]

          win [ command ]

          Acme manages windows of text that may be edited interac-
          tively or by external programs.  The interactive interface
          uses the keyboard and mouse; external programs use a set of
          files served by acme; these are discussed in acme(4).

          Any named files are read into acme windows before acme
          accepts input.  With the -l option, the state of the entire
          system is loaded from file, which should have been created
          by a Dump command (q.v.), and subsequent file names are
          ignored.  Plain files display as text; directories display
          as columnated lists of the names of their components with
          the names of subdirectories having a slash appended.

          The -f (-F) option sets the default variable-pitch (fixed-
          pitch) font; the default is /fonts/lucidasans/euro.8.font
          (.../lucm/unicode.9.font).  Tab intervals are set to the
          width of 4 numeral zeros in the variable-pitch font.

          Acme windows are in two parts: a one-line tag above a
          multi-line body. The body typically contains an image of a
          file or the output of a program.  The tag contains a number
          of blank-separated words, followed by a vertical bar charac-
          ter, followed by anything.  The first word is the name of
          the window, typically the name of the associated file or
          directory, and the other words are commands available in
          that window.  Any text may be added after the bar; examples
          are strings to search for or commands to execute in that
          window.  Changes to the text left of the bar will be
          ignored, unless the result is to change the name of the win-

          If a window holds a directory, the name (first word of the
          tag) will end with a slash.

          Each window has a scroll bar to the left of the body.
          Scrolling occurs when the button is pressed, rather than
          released, and continues as long as the mouse button is held
          down in the scroll bar.  For example, to scroll slowly

     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

          through a file, hold button 3 down near the top of the
          scroll bar.  Moving the mouse down the scroll bar speeds up
          the rate of scrolling. Scrolling backwards is performed sim-
          ilarly using button 1. Button 2 allows absolute movement
          within the text; clicking it at different heights within the
          scroll bar changes the focused text without intermediate

          Acme windows are arranged in columns.  By default, it cre-
          ates two columns when starting; this can be overridden with
          the -c option.  Placement is automatic but may be adjusted
          using the layout box in the upper left corner of each window
          and column.  Pressing and holding any mouse button in the
          box drags the associated window or column.  For windows,
          just clicking in the layout box grows the window in place:
          button 1 grows it a little, button 2 grows it as much as it
          can, still leaving all other tags in that column visible,
          and button 3 takes over the column completely, temporarily
          hiding other windows in the column.  (They will return en
          masse if any of them needs attention.)  The layout box in a
          window is normally white; when it is black in the center, it
          records that the file is `dirty': Acme believes it is modi-
          fied from its original contents.

          Tags exist at the top of each column and across the whole
          display.  Acme pre-loads them with useful commands.  Also,
          the tag across the top maintains a list of executing long-
          running commands.

          The behaviour of typed text is as one would expect except
          that the characters are delivered to the tag or body under
          the mouse; there is no `click to type'.  (The experimental
          option -b causes typing to go to the most recently clicked-
          at or made window.)  The usual backspacing conventions
          apply.  The ESC key selects the text typed since the last
          mouse action, a feature particularly useful when executing
          commands.  A side effect is that typing ESC with text
          already selected is identical to a Cut command (q.v.).

          Most text, including the names of windows, may be edited
          uniformly.  The only exception is that the command names to
          the left of the bar in a tag are maintained automatically;
          changes to them are repaired by acme.

        Directory context
          Each window's tag names a directory: explicitly if the win-
          dow holds a directory; implicitly if it holds a regular file
          (e.g. the directory /module if the window holds
          /module/sys.m).  This directory provides a context for
          interpreting file names in that window.  For example, the

     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

          string sys.m in a window labelled /module/ or /module/draw.m
          will be interpreted as the file name /module/sys.m.  The
          directory is defined purely textually, so it can be a non-
          existent directory or a real directory associated with a
          non-existent file (e.g.  /module/not-a-file).  File names
          beginning with a slash are assumed to be absolute file

          Windows whose names begin with - or + conventionally hold
          diagnostics and other data not directly associated with
          files.  A window labelled +Errors receives all diagnostics
          produced by acme itself.  Diagnostics from commands run by
          acme appear in a window named directory/+Errors where
          directory is identified by the context of the command.
          These error windows are created when needed.

        Mouse button 1
          Mouse button 1 selects text and double-clicking highlights
          the text for replacement text to be typed in.

          Button 1 is also useful for matching symbols. For example to
          match curly brackets in some limbo source, double click but-
          ton 1 immediately after the open curly bracket.  The whole
          of the text up to any matching end curly bracket will be
          highlighted. A similar match is made if the double click is
          performed immediately before the end bracket. In all, acme
          will match the pairs { and }, [ and ], ( and ), < and >, «
          and », ' and ', " and ", ` and `.  Also whole lines of text
          may be highlighted by double clicking at the beginning or
          end of the line.

        Mouse button 2
          By an action similar to selecting text with button 1, button
          2 indicates text to execute as a command.  If the indicated
          text has multiple white-space-separated words, the first is
          the command name and the second and subsequent are its argu-
          ments.  If button 2 is `clicked'-indicates a null string-
          acme expands the indicated text to find a command to run: if
          the click is within button-1-selected text, acme takes that
          selection as the command; otherwise it takes the largest
          string of valid file name characters containing the click.
          Valid file name characters are alphanumerics and _ . - + /.
          This behaviour is similar to double-clicking with button 1
          but, because a null command is meaningless, only a single
          click is required.

          Some commands, all by convention starting with a capital
          letter, are built-ins that are executed directly by acme:

          Cut       Delete most recently selected text and place in

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                    snarf buffer.

          Del       Delete window.  If window is dirty, instead print
                    a warning; a second Del will succeed.

          Delcol    Delete column and all its windows, after checking
                    that windows are not dirty.

          Delete    Delete window without checking for dirtiness.

          Dump      Write the state of acme to the file name, if spec-
                    ified, or $home/acme.dump by default.

          Edit      Treat the argument as a text editing command in
                    the style of Plan9's sam. The full Sam language is
                    implemented except for the commands k, n, q, and
                    !.  The = command is slightly different: it
                    includes the file name and gives only the line
                    address unless the command is explicitly =#.  The
                    `current window' for the command is the body of
                    the window in which the Edit command is executed.
                    Usually the Edit command would be typed in a tag;
                    longer commands may be prepared in a scratch win-
                    dow and executed, with Edit itself in the current
                    window, using the 2-1 chord described below. See
                    the later section on editing for a full descrip-
                    tion of the commands available here.

          Exit      Exit acme after checking that windows are not

          Font      With no arguments, change the font of the associ-
                    ated window from fixed-spaced to proportional-
                    spaced or vice versa. Given a file name argument,
                    change the font of the window to that stored in
                    the named file.  If the file name argument is pre-
                    fixed by var (fix), also set the default
                    proportional-spaced (fixed-spaced) font for future
                    use to that font.  Other existing windows are

          Get       Load file into window, replacing previous contents
                    (after checking for dirtiness as in Del).  With no
                    argument, use the existing file name of the win-
                    dow.  Given an argument, use that file but do not
                    change the window's file name.

          ID        Print window ID number (q.v.).

          Incl      When opening `include' files with button 3, acme
                    searches in the directories /module and /include .
                    Incl adds its arguments to a supplementary list of

     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

                    include directories, analogous to the -I option to
                    the compilers.  This list is per-window and is
                    inherited when windows are created by actions in
                    that window, so Incl is most usefully applied to a
                    directory containing relevant source.  With no
                    arguments, Incl prints the supplementary list.

          Kill      Send a kill note to acme-initiated commands named
                    as arguments.

          Lineno    Give the line number(s) of the currently selected

          Load      Restore the state of acme from a file (default
                    $home/acme.dump) created by the Dump command.

          Local     When prefixed to a command run the command in the
                    same file name space and environment variable
                    group as acme. The environment of the command is
                    restricted but is sufficient to run bind(1),
                    mount, etc., and to set environment variables.

          Look      Search in body for occurrence of literal text
                    indicated by the argument or, if none is given, by
                    the selected text in the body.

          New       Make new window.  With arguments, load the named
                    files into windows.

          Newcol    Make new column.

          Paste     Replace most recently selected text with contents
                    of snarf buffer.

          Put       Write window to the named file.  With no argument,
                    write to the file named in the tag of the window.

          Putall    Write all dirty windows whose names indicate
                    existing regular files.

          Redo      Complement of Undo.

          Send      Append selected text or snarf buffer to end of
                    body; used mainly with win.

          Snarf     Place selected text in snarf buffer.

          Sort      Arrange the windows in the column from top to bot-
                    tom in lexicographical order based on their names.

          Undo      Undo last textual change or set of changes.

     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

          Zerox     Create a copy of the window containing most
                    recently selected text.

          A common place to store text for commands is in the tag; in
          fact acme maintains a set of commands appropriate to the
          state of the window to the left of the bar in the tag.

          If the text indicated with button 2 is not a recognized
          built-in, it is executed as a shell command.  For example,
          indicating date with button 2 runs date(1). The standard and
          error outputs of commands are sent to the error window asso-
          ciated with the directory from which the command was run,
          which will be created if necessary.  For example, in a win-
          dow /module/sys.m executing pwd will produce the output
          /module in a (possibly newly-created) window labelled
          /adm/+Errors; in a window containing /appl/cmd/date.b exe-
          cuting limbo date.b will run limbo(1) in /appl/cmd, produc-
          ing output in a window labelled /appl/cmd/+Errors.

        Mouse button 3
          Pointing at text with button 3 instructs acme to locate or
          acquire the file, string, etc. described by the indicated
          text and its context.  This description follows the actions
          taken when button 3 is released after sweeping out some
          text.  In the description, text refers to the text of the
          original sweep or, if it was null, the result of applying
          the same expansion rules that apply to button 2 actions.

          If the text names an existing window, acme moves the mouse
          cursor to the selected text in the body of that window.  If
          the text names an existing file with no associated window,
          acme loads the file into a new window and moves the mouse
          there.  If the text is a file name contained in double
          quotes, acme loads the indicated include file from the
          directory appropriate to the suffix of the file name of the
          window holding the text.  (The Incl command adds directories
          to the standard list.)

          If the text begins with a colon, it is taken to be an
          address within the body of the window containing the text.
          The address is evaluated, the resulting text highlighted,
          and the mouse moved to it.  Thus, in acme, one must type
          :/regexp or :127 not just /regexp or 127.  (There is an eas-
          ier way to locate literal text; see below.)

          If the text is a file name followed by a colon and an
          address, acme loads the file and evaluates the address.  For
          example, clicking button 3 anywhere in the text file.c:27
          will open file.c, select line 27, and put the mouse at the
          beginning of the line.  The rules about Error files, direc-
          tories, and so on all combine to make this an efficient way
          to investigate errors from compilers, etc.

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          If the text is not an address or file, it is taken to be
          literal text, which is then searched for in the body of the
          window in which button 3 was clicked.  If a match is found,
          it is selected and the mouse is moved there.  Thus, to
          search for occurrences of a word in a file, just click but-
          ton 3 on the word.  Because of the rule of using the selec-
          tion as the button 3 action, subsequent clicks will find
          subsequent occurrences without moving the mouse.

          In all these actions, the mouse motion is not done if the
          text is a null string within a non-null selected string in
          the tag, so that (for example) complex regular expressions
          may be selected and applied repeatedly to the body by just
          clicking button 3 over them.

        Chords of mouse buttons
          Several operations are bound to multiple-button actions.
          After selecting text, with button 1 still down, pressing
          button 2 executes Cut and button 3 executes Paste.  After
          clicking one button, the other undoes the first; thus (while
          holding down button 1) 2 followed by 3 is a Snarf that
          leaves the file undirtied; 3 followed by 2 is a no-op.
          These actions also apply to text selected by double-clicking
          because the double-click expansion is made when the second
          click starts, not when it ends.

          Thus to copy a word a number of times, double click on the
          word with button 1 to highlight it leaving button 1 down,
          press and release button 2 to cut it and save it in the
          snarf buffer, press and release button 3 to paste it back
          and then release button 1. Now move the cursor to any
          selected place in the text, press button 1 down, then button
          3 and the word is copied in.

          Similarly lines may be deleted by double clicking at the
          beginning or end of the line and then pressing button 2 with
          button 1 still down.

          Commands may be given extra arguments by a mouse chord with
          buttons 2 and 1.  While holding down button 2 on text to be
          executed as a command, clicking button 1 appends the text
          last pointed to by button 1 as a distinct final argument.
          For example, to search for literal text one may execute Look
          text with button 2 or instead point at text with button 1 in
          any window, release button 1, then execute Look, clicking
          button 1 while 2 is held down.

          When an external command (e.g.  echo(1)) is executed this
          way, the extra argument is passed as expected and an envi-
          ronment variable $acmeaddr is created that holds, in the
          form interpreted by button 3, the fully-qualified address of
          the extra argument.

     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

        Support programs
          win creates a new acme window and runs a command (default
          /dis/sh.dis) in it, turning the window into a shell window
          in which commands may be executed.  Executing text in a win
          window with button 2 is similar to using Send.

          Similarly winm creates a new window but runs the shell
          /dis/mash.dis by default.  adiff behaves as diff in finding
          the difference between two files but the listing uses
          filename:linenumber format to allow the user to simply click
          on this to be sent to that line in the file.  agrep does for
          grep what adiff does for diff above.  cd changes directory
          but when used in a win window for example, sends information
          to the window to display a new heading reflecting the new

          In the directory /acme/mail there are two mail programs that
          may be used under acme. These Mail and Mailpop3 can be run
          to display the user's current mail, read the mail, reply to
          mail, save or delete mail, send mail and write the user's
          mail box.

          The former expects the user's mail box to be in the direc-
          tory and file specified as its first argument, the latter
          uses the POP3 protocol to connect to a server for the user's
          mail and will prompt for a password when first run. Other-
          wise their behaviour is the same.

        Applications and guide files
          In the directory /acme live several subdirectories, each
          corresponding to a program or set of related programs that
          employ acme's user interface.  Each subdirectory includes
          dis files and a readme file for further information.  It
          also includes a guide, a text file holding sample commands
          to invoke the programs.  The idea is to find an example in
          the guide that best matches the job at hand, edit it to
          suit, and execute it.

          Whenever a command is executed by acme, the default search
          path includes the directory of the window containing the
          command.  Also, acme binds the directory /acme/dis in front
          of /dis when it starts; this is where acme-specific programs
          such as win reside.

          This section explains the commands available when using
          acme's Edit command.

        Regular expressions
          Regular expressions are as in regexp(6) with the addition of
          \n to represent newlines.  A regular expression may never

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          contain a literal newline character.  The empty regular
          expression stands for the last complete expression encoun-
          tered.  A regular expression matches the longest leftmost
          substring formally matched by the expression.  Searching in
          the reverse direction is equivalent to searching backwards
          with the catenation operations reversed in the expression.

          An address identifies a substring in a file.  In the follow-
          ing, `character n' means the null string after the n-th
          character in the file, with 1 the first character in the
          file.  `Line n' means the n-th match, starting at the begin-
          ning of the file, of the regular expression `.*\n?'.  All
          files always have a current substring, called dot, that is
          the default address.

        Simple Addresses
          #n   The empty string after character n; #0 is the beginning
               of the file.
          n    Line n; 0 is the beginning of the file.
               The substring that matches the regular expression,
               found by looking toward the end (/) or beginning (?)
               of the file, and if necessary continuing the search
               from the other end to the starting point of the search.
               The matched substring may straddle the starting point.
               When entering a pattern containing a literal question
               mark for a backward search, the question mark should be
               specified as a member of a class.

          0    The string before the first full line.  This is not
               necessarily the null string; see + and - below.

          $    The null string at the end of the file.

          .    Dot.

          '    The mark in the file.

               Preceding a simple address (default .), refers to the
               address evaluated in the unique file whose menu line
               matches the regular expression.

        Compound Addresses
          In the following, a1 and a2 are addresses.

          a1+a2  The address a2 evaluated starting at the end of a1.
          a1-a2  The address a2 evaluated looking in the reverse
                 direction starting at the beginning of a1.
          a1,a2  The substring from the beginning of a1 to the end of

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                 a2. If a1 is missing, 0 is substituted.  If a2 is
                 missing, $ is substituted.
          a1;a2  Like a1,a2, but with a2 evaluated at the end of, and
                 dot set to, a1.

          The operators + and - are high precedence, while , and ; are
          low precedence.

          In both + and - forms, if a2 is a line or character address
          with a missing number, the number defaults to 1.  If a1 is
          missing, `.'  is substituted.  If both a1 and a2 are present
          and distinguishable, + may be elided.  a2 may be a regular
          expression; if it is delimited by `?''s, the effect of the +
          or - is reversed.

          It is an error for a compound address to represent a mal-
          formed substring.  Some useful idioms: a1+- (a1-+) selects
          the line containing the end (beginning) of a1.  0/regexp/
          locates the first match of the expression in the file.  (The
          form 0;// sets dot unnecessarily.)  ./regexp/// finds the
          second following occurrence of the expression, and
          .,/regexp/ extends dot.

          In the following, text demarcated by slashes represents text
          delimited by any printable character except alphanumerics.
          Any number of trailing delimiters may be elided, with multi-
          ple elisions then representing null strings, but the first
          delimiter must always be present.  In any delimited text,
          newline may not appear literally; \n may be typed for new-
          line; and \/ quotes the delimiter, here `/'.  Backslash is
          otherwise interpreted literally, except in s commands.

          Most commands may be prefixed by an address to indicate
          their range of operation.  Those that may not are marked
          with a `*' below.  If a command takes an address and none is
          supplied, dot is used.  The sole exception is the w command,
          which defaults to 0,$.  In the description, `range' is used
          to represent whatever address is supplied.  Many commands
          set the value of dot as a side effect.  If so, it is always
          set to the `result' of the change: the empty string for a
          deletion, the new text for an insertion, etc. (but see the s
          and e commands).

        Text commands
          lines of text
          .    Insert the text into the file after the range.  Set

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          i    Same as a, but c replaces the text, while i inserts
               before the range.

          d    Delete the text in the range.  Set dot.

               Substitute text for the first match to the regular
               expression in the range.  Set dot to the modified
               range.  In text the character & stands for the string
               that matched the expression. Backslash behaves as usual
               unless followed by a digit: \d stands for the string
               that matched the subexpression begun by the d-th left
               parenthesis.  If s is followed immediately by a number
               n, as in s2/x/y/, the n-th match in the range is sub-
               stituted.  If the command is followed by a g, as in
               s/x/y/g, all matches in the range are substituted.

          m a1
          t a1 Move (m) or copy (t) the range to after a1. Set dot.

        Display commands
          p    Print the text in the range.  Set dot.
          =    Print the file name and line address of the range.
          =#   Print the file name and character address of the range.

        File commands
          * b file-list
               Set the current file to the first file named in the
               list that acme has displayed.  The list may be
               expressed <command in which case the file names are
               taken as words (in the shell sense) generated by the
          * B file-list
               Same as b, except that file names not displayed are
               entered there, and all file names in the list are exam-
          * D file-list
               Delete the named files from the menu.  If no files are
               named, the current file is deleted.  It is an error to
               D a modified file, but a subsequent D will delete such
               a file.

        I/O Commands
          * e filename
               Replace the file by the contents of the named external
               file.  Set dot to the beginning of the file.
          r filename
               Replace the text in the range by the contents of the
               named external file.  Set dot.
          w filename
               Write the range (default 0,$) to the named external

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          * f filename
               Set the file name and print the resulting menu entry.
          If the file name is absent from any of these, the current
          file name is used.  e always sets the file name; r and w do
          so if the file has no name.
          < command
               Replace the range by the standard output of the com-
          > command
               Send the range to the standard input of the command.
          | command
               Send the range to the standard input, and replace it by
               the standard output, of the command.
          * cd directory
               Change working directory.  If no directory is speci-
               fied, $home is used.

          In any of <, >, or |, if the command is omitted the last
          command (of any type) is substituted.

        Loops and Conditionals
          x/regexp/ command
               For each match of the regular expression in the range,
               run the command with dot set to the match.  Set dot to
               the last match.  If the regular expression and its
               slashes are omitted, `/.*\n/' is assumed.  Null string
               matches potentially occur before every character of the
               range and at the end of the range.
          y/regexp/ command
               Like x, but run the command for each substring that
               lies before, between, or after the matches that would
               be generated by x.  There is no default regular expres-
               sion.  Null substrings potentially occur before every
               character in the range.
          * X/ regexp / command
               For each file whose menu entry matches the regular
               expression, make that the current file and run the com-
               mand.  If the expression is omitted, the command is run
               in every file.
          * Y/ regexp / command
               Same as X, but for files that do not match the regular
               expression, and the expression is required.
          g/regexp/ command
          v/regexp/ command
               If the range contains (g) or does not contain (v) a
               match for the expression, set dot to the range and run
               the command.
          These may be nested arbitrarily deeply, but only one
          instance of either X or Y may appear in a single command.
          An empty command in an x or y defaults to p; an empty com-
          mand in X or Y defaults to f.  g and v do not have defaults.

     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

          * u n    Undo the last n (default 1) top-level commands that
                   changed the contents or name of the current file,
                   and any other file whose most recent change was
                   simultaneous with the current file's change.  Suc-
                   cessive u's move further back in time.  The only
                   commands for which u is ineffective are cd, u, w
                   and D.  If n is negative, u `redoes,' undoing the
                   undo, going forwards in time again.
          (empty)  If the range is explicit, set dot to the range.  If
                   no address is specified (the command is a newline)
                   dot is extended in either direction to line bound-
                   aries and printed.  If dot is thereby unchanged, it
                   is set to .+1 and printed.

        Grouping and multiple changes
          Commands may be grouped by enclosing them in braces {}.
          Commands within the braces must appear on separate lines (no
          backslashes are required between commands).  Semantically,
          an opening brace is like a command: it takes an (optional)
          address and sets dot for each sub-command.  Commands within
          the braces are executed sequentially, but changes made by
          one command are not visible to other commands (see the next
          paragraph).  Braces may be nested arbitrarily.

          When a command makes a number of changes to a file, as in
          x/re/c/text/, the addresses of all changes to the file are
          computed in the original file.  If the changes are in
          sequence, they are applied to the file.  Successive inser-
          tions at the same address are catenated into a single inser-
          tion composed of the several insertions in the order

          $home/acme.dump        default file for Dump and Load; also
                                 where state is written if acme dies
          /acme/*/guide          template files for applications
          /acme/*/readme         informal documentation for applica-
          /appl/acme/acme/*/src  source for applications
          /acme/dis              dis files for applications


          Rob Pike, Acme: A User Interface for Programmers, Volume 2

     ACME(1)                                                   ACME(1)

          With the -l option or Load command, the recreation of win-
          dows under control of external programs such as win is just
          to rerun the command; information may be lost.