I'm trying to find a command line editor (or vim plugin) for large CSV or TSV files that will fix the width of cells and keep the row and column headers in view so I can move between cells and edit data. Basically something like the old DOS versions of Lotus 123 or Quattro Pro.

I find myself continually doing quick fixes in tabular data and don't want to fire up Calc every single time I want to change a few cells in column 32. I am not looking for perl/awk solutions since most of the fixes are one-off spelling/case data entry errors.

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  • I don't know how to do the tab width fixing but ':1split' will give you a horizontal split window 1 line in size to keep the headers in view. Then Ctrl W-W will toggle you between the windows in VIM – davey Jul 14 '10 at 21:09
  • Just found macrocalc - looks interesting. – hurfdurf Jul 15 '10 at 0:25
  • @hurfdurf can you provide a link to the macrocalc you have found? – Jonas Stein Sep 22 '14 at 18:22
  • Here's the link to macrocalc: freakout.de/#download – hurfdurf Oct 10 '14 at 18:03

Take a look onto sc or Gnu Oleo, the may fit your need's

Also a look onto the Emacs based Spreadsheets may be worth a look

cheerio Steve


Sounds like you could use vim with ts/sw and friends to set up your columns widths, and then :1split to keep headers in view. You can also (assuming your CSV data doesn't have tabs in it already) do something like:


to switch commas to tabs, and


to switch them back, since it's easier to format TSV than CSV.


i suggest emeditor through wine

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