Leafpad is the default text editor for .php files on my pi. I believe this is the default setting... and it works fine for local files.

I connected my pi to an SSH server via SFTP so I can browse the files through a PCManFM window, but when I try to open files from the remote server, Leafpad opens a blank (Undefined) window.

I'm looking for other LXDE text editors to see if a different one will accommodate... but I've used gedit in Ubuntu like this with no problems, so I'm not sure why this is not working as expected?

I realize this is probably more of a general Linux question, but I'm wondering if someone has had a similar issue and found a workaround/fix?

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    Well, I found gedit is available, so I installed it and it seems to work for what I want, but can I do this without the gnome dependency???
    – c0nfus3d
    Feb 12, 2015 at 3:15

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I'd recommend using sshfs rather than sftp for this.

You may need to:

# apt-get install sshfs

Then create a directory in your home directory:

$ mkdir remote

Then connect it up:

$ sshfs user@remote_system:/path/to/remote/directory /path/to/local/directory

Then you can use the remote filesystem as if it is local and open your files in Leafpad.

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