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switching to vim-tiny for standard vi?

As you can see below and in the BTS, vim's maintainer has managed to
create a vim-tiny package that is vim without some of the extras such as
syntax highlighting. It's now only marginally larger than nvi, which is
the standard vi included in the base system (amazingly, it's smaller
than nano, the other editor in the base system). Stefano suggested that
vim-tiny could replace nvi and become part of base, and I think it's a
good idea.

There are obviously users who will prefer nvi to vim (and others who
prefer some other vi), but I get the impression there are rather more who
prefer vim, it's probably the most commonly used vi in linux these days.

One argument I can think of for keeping nvi in base is that it is the
closest to bug-compatible with the original vi. However, I don't think
that will prevent hardcore vi users from easily using vim-tiny if
it's in base.

----- Forwarded message from Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> -----

From: Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2005 16:19:50 +0100
To: Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>
Cc: Len Sorensen <lennartsorensen@ruggedcom.com>, 222138@bugs.debian.org
Subject: vim-tiny is in unstable
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.11

On Tue, Nov 01, 2005 at 01:46:27PM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> > Do you like me to ping you again when the packaging is in its final
> > shape - perhaps after the upload to unstable - so that you can start
> > the thread on d-d (after all you're the submitter and a member of
> > the d-i team) or what?
> Yes that would be fine.

Hi Joey, vim-tiny is available in debian/unstable. There are still some
minor bugs, but the package is fine. The installed-size of it and of
vim-common are as I anticipated (776 + 232 on i386); the only additional
dependencies are libc6 and libncurses5.

Feel free to start the discussion on d-d for the inclusion of vim-tiny
in the base system in place of nvi (or just ask and I will do it).


Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
zack@{cs.unibo.it,debian.org,bononia.it} -%- http://www.bononia.it/zack/
If there's any real truth it's that the entire multidimensional infinity
of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. -!-

----- End forwarded message -----
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