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Re: Bug#155376: what is default editor in /bin



On Sun, Aug 04, 2002 at 01:28:43PM -0400, Phillip Hofmeister wrote:
> On Sun, 04 Aug 2002 at 10:10:17AM -0700, Craig Dickson wrote:
> > Is there any reason that nvi could not be moved to /bin and made
> > eligible for "root default editor" status? The nvi package Depends only
> > on libc6 and libncurses5, both of which live in /lib. Sure, nvi's binary
> > is nearly ten times the size of nano-tiny, but if I can still mount my
> > root partition, I'd rather use nvi than nano.
> I second that...a vast population of Unix Users and Admins use vi or a vi
> clone (like nvi).  When I started work at an ISP the first thing my boss
> told me was "learn how to use vi".

This is an old argument.  Please use the list archives to review the
history of the debate, and the arguments posed within, before reigniting
the discussion.

Binary size is a factor, but there are other, more compelling reasons not
to make vi a rescue editor.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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