After a while of playing around with my build.prop file in Android I needed a way to edit faster using a text editor via adb shell.
I found a way using a couple of online sources to get it going. You will need to be on a rooted device.
Download and extract the nanoforandroid.zip to your desktop the run the following commands:
adb push nanoforandroid /mnt/sdcard/Download adb shell su mount -o rw,remount /system cp /sdcard/Download/nanoforandroid/etc/profile /system/etc cp -r /sdcard/Download/nanoforandroid/etc/terminfo /system/etc cp /sdcard/Download/nanoforandroid/xbin/nano /system/xbin chmod 755 -R /system/etc/terminfo chmod 755 /system/xbin/nano chmod 755 /system/etc/profile export TERMINFO=/system/etc/terminfo export TERM=linux
After this you will have a working copy of nano you can use right away. Unfortunately most setups dont have init.d to automatically export the enviormental variables needed so you will need to run the last two lines above every time you reboot. Alternative is to add the lines to a startup shell script somewhere on your system. For example I have one located inside of