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Sometimes you need to edit a file on a remote server, but using vim/emacs is not very practical, due to lag and speed of screen refresh.

TextMate users have the classic rmate, but it was implemented in Ruby, which may not be available on the remote server.

A better option is to use this version of rmate, implemented in pure Bash. It's a single file, self-contained, and with no external dependencies.

Step by step:

  1. (on your local workstation) On Sublime Text 3, open Package Manager (Ctrl-Shift-P on Linux/Win, Cmd-Shift-P on Mac, Install Package), and search for rsub
  2. (on your local workstation) Add RemoteForward 52698 127.0.0.1:52698 to your .ssh/config file, or -R 52698:localhost:52698 if you prefer command line
  3. On your remote server:
sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/rsub \
https://raw.github.com/aurora/rmate/master/rmate
chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/rsub

Just keep your ST3 editor open, and you can easily edit remote files with rsub myfile.txt.

EDIT: if you get "no such file or directory", it's because your /usr/local/bin is not in your PATH. Just add the directory to your path:

echo "export PATH=\"$PATH:/usr/local/bin\"" >> /etc/profile

Now just log off, log back in, and you'll be all set.

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