Running UberWriter

Update August 2017: I find that Typora is a better option now

I’ve just installed UberWriter, a markdown editor for Linux that’s very similar to IA Writer. There’s plenty of posts out there that explain how to install the package, but I couldn’t find a way to start it.

Installing

Just quickly, here’s how to install UberWriter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:w-vollprecht/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install uberwriter

Running

Once I’d installed it, I typed uberwriter expecting the app to run. For some reason though, the binary wasn’t in my path. Google wasn’t much help, so I decided to search the filesystem using find / -name "uberwriter" 2>/dev/null. This showed that a binary existed in /opt/extras.ubuntu.com/uberwriter/bin/uberwriter.

I added that folder to my path as follows:

PATH=/opt/extras.ubuntu.com/uberwriter/bin/:$PATH

Now I can launch UberWriter just by typing “uberwriter”. Unfortunately, this ties UberWriter to the terminal window you use to start it up. To get around this, I start it using the following command: uberwriter &; disown; exit.

Michael is a polyglot software engineer, committed to reducing complexity in systems and making them more predictable. Working with a variety of languages and tools, he shares his technical expertise to audiences all around the world at user groups and conferences. You can follow @mheap on Twitter

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Aung Thu Rha Hein 2013-10-30

thanks! that’s help me in writing my markdown files.

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