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Re: ae's vi attempt on boot disks stomps on real vi symlink

On Wed, 7 May 1997, Philip Hands wrote:

> Been doing some testing over the weekend and noticed that the vi
> replacement on the 1997-04-04 disks stays around after an install.
> Clearly the fact that it is a file, stops the alternatives code from
> installing a symbolic link to one's favourite vi.

yeah, i noticed that to. it wasn't too hard to fix up by hand, though.

> The emulation is not close enough to real vi to make it worthwhile.

it's not great, but it's much better than ae's native mode.

suggested solution:

if the 'ae -f /etc/ae2vi.rc "$1" "$2"' wrapper script on the boot disk
was renamed to vi.ae, and the usual /etc/alternatives/vi sym link
pointed to it, then there wouldn't be a problem.

/usr/bin/vi.ae       -- wrapper script
/usr/bin/vi          -- symlink to /etc/alternatives/vi
/etc/alternatives/vi -- symlink to /usr/bin/vi.ae


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