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Ruby on Rails in Gedit

There are a few tutorials out there to make gedit act like textmate..I usually use textmate, but there are some occasions where it just isn’t possible, so I go back to gedit while on linux. Heres how to rubify your gedit!

First Install the plugins for gedit

sudo apt-get install gedit-plugins

Next, visit Insane Terminology as he has a good explanation on how to get syntax highlighting working in gedit! I’ll summarize for the impatient. If you have any installed mime packages in Override.xml remove them

rm ~/.local/share/mime/packages/Override.xml

Next we go to where the real mime packages/definitions are stored and download the mime type definitions courtesy Insane Terminology

cd /usr/share/mime/packages
sudo wget http://robzon.kapati.net/rails/rails.xml 
sudo update-mime-database /usr/share/mime

Now to finish it up, we’ll get syntax highlighting corrected for .rhtml (.html.erb) files.

cd /usr/share/gtksourceview-2.0/language-specs/
sudo wget http://robzon.kapati.net/rails/rhtml.lang

Theres a heap of plugins for gedit, search the net for them, they transform gedit from windows notepad to a real ide. One thing I will mention, I have created shortcut on my top panel (taskbar, or whatever you want to call it). I’ve edited the gedit properties (i.e. right click —> properties) and changed

gedit %U


gedit %U --new-window

This allows multiple gedit windows