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Jeremiah Griffin
February 27th, 2008, 07:45 PM
I'm not exactly sure if this is the correct category, as I have not spent much time on the forum, so please correct me if it belongs somewhere else.

Gedit's external tools plugin adds a newline after the following "tool":


echo "["`date +"%Y-%m-%d"`"] "`whoami`": "

Input: Nothing
Output: Insert at cursor position

Would it be possible to edit the plugin and remove the newline? It's pretty annoying to have to backspace whenever I create a change log entry.

Also somewhat related: Can the external tools "Shell Output" window be prevented from popping up when a shell command is run? My screen is only 15.1", having a pane at the bottom of the window wastes precious screen space.


Jeremiah Griffin
February 27th, 2008, 09:29 PM
Nevermind. I delved into the plugin's source code and edited it myself. Here is a patch:

diff -urp externaltools/functions.py externaltools.old/functions.py
--- externaltools/functions.py 2008-02-27 12:23:04.000000000 -0800
+++ externaltools.old/functions.py 2008-02-27 12:28:07.000000000 -0800
@@ -36,7 +36,7 @@ def capture_menu_action(action, window,

# Get the panel
panel = window.get_data("ExternalToolsPluginWindowData")._output_buffer
- #panel.show()
+ panel.show()

# Configure capture environment
@@ -195,6 +195,6 @@ def capture_stdout_line_panel(capture, l

def capture_stdout_line_document(capture, line, document, pos):
- document.insert(pos, line.strip("\r\n"))
+ document.insert(pos, line)

# ex:ts=4:et:

January 2nd, 2010, 06:02 AM
The echo command inserts a newline at the end. You want to call

echo -n "STUFF"