Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 494781
GEdit can't actually display the output of a piped command
Last modified: 2010-05-18 15:44:58 EDT
Description of problem:
The GNOME (yelp) documentation for GEdit states, in the section "Features / Piping the Output of a Command to a File":
You can use gedit to pipe the output of a command to a text file. For example, to pipe the output of an ls command to a text file, type ls | gedit, then press Return.
The output of the ls command is displayed in a new text file in the gedit window.
That functionality does not currently work in gedit 2.24.3 on either of my installed Fedora 10 systems (i386, x86_64). Near as I can tell, it hasn't worked anytime recently.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run "ls | gedit"
Empty "Unsaved Document 1"
"Unsaved Document 1" (or another title?) containing the output of the 'ls' command
Either the stdin-to-new-document functionality should be fixed, or the documentation should be adjusted to omit description of this nonfeature.
This has apparently been living in GNOME's bugzilla since 2003 (GNOME 2.2.x), and on 2009-01-01 it was morphed into an enhancement request by Paolo Borelli (firstname.lastname@example.org), a GEdit developer. That seems to imply it's not a simple fix; I don't know why they don't just remove the feature from the documentation.
External bug reference added.
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(non)Feature is still documented; still nonexistent.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 13 development cycle.
Changing version to '13'.
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Over in the Gnome bug tracking this issue, Jesse van den Kieboom reports that the feature to create a new buffer from stdin (read from pipe) has been implemented. The code is in the gedit development tree, and will appear in the next major release.
Jesse's update to Gnome bug #121891:
Excellent. Thank you for tracking this. That work will roll into Fedora at some point in the near future, so I'm going to close this report out.