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Command Line Options for version 4.0 of pico. A comfortable knowledge of them truly makes vi and emacs unnecessary for most purposes, I feel. Excerpted from the man page.

       pico  options   file 

       +n     Causes pico to be started with the cursor located n
              lines into the file. (Note: no  space  between  "+"
              sign and number)

       -a     Display  all files including those beginning with a
              period (.).

       -b     Enable the option to  Replace  text  matches  found
              using the "Where is" command.

       -d     Rebind the "delete" key so the character the cursor
              is on is rubbed out rather than  the  character  to
              its left.

       -e     Enable file name completion.

       -f     Use  function  keys for commands.  This option sup-
              ported only in conjunction with  UW  Enhanced  NCSA

       -h     List valid command line options.

       -j     Enable  "Goto"  command  in the file browser.  This
              enables the command to  permit  explicitly  telling
              pilot which directory to visit.

       -g     Enable  "Show  Cursor" mode in file browser.  Cause
              cursor to be positioned before the  current  selec-
              tion  rather  than  placed at the lower left of the

       -k     Causes "Cut Text" command to remove characters from
              the  cursor  position to the end of the line rather
              than remove the entire line.

       -m     Enable mouse functionality.  This only  works  when
              pico  is run from within an X Window System "xterm"

       -nn    The -nn option enables new mail notification.   The
              n argument is optional, and specifies how often, in
              seconds, your mailbox is checked for new mail.  For
              example,  -n60  causes  pico  to check for new mail
              once every minute.  The  default  interval  is  180
              seconds, while the minimum allowed is 30. (Note: no
              space between "n" and the number)

       -o dir Sets operating directory.  Only files  within  this
              directory   are  accessible.   Likewise,  the  file
              browser is limited to the specified directory  sub-

       -rn    Sets  column  used to limit the "Justify" command's
              right margin

       -s speller
              Specify an alternate  program  spell  to  use  when
              spell checking.

       -t     Enable "tool" mode.  Intended for when pico is used
              as  the  editor  within  other  tools  (e.g.,  Elm,
              Pnews).  Pico will not prompt for save on exit, and
              will not rename the buffer during the  "Write  Out"

       -v     View the file only, disallowing any editing.

       -w     Disable  word  wrap  (thus  allow  editing  of long

       -x     Disable keymenu at the bottom of the screen.

       -z     Enable ^Z suspension of pico.

       -q     Termcap or terminfo  definition  for  input  escape
              sequences  are  used  in  preference  to  sequences
              defined by default.  This option is only  available
              if  pico  was compiled with the TERMCAP_WINS define
              turned on.