Bug#197835: [PROPOSAL]: integrated environments are allowed
On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 07:51:00PM -0400, Colin Walters wrote:
> @@ -7349,11 +7352,13 @@
> - Thus, every program that launches an editor or pager must
> - use the EDITOR or PAGER environment variable to determine
> - the editor or pager the user wishes to use. If these
> - variables are not set, the programs <file>/usr/bin/editor</file>
> - and <file>/usr/bin/pager</file> should be used, respectively.
> + Thus, every program without an internal preference that
> + launches an editor or pager must use the EDITOR or PAGER
> + environment variable to determine the editor or pager the
> + user wishes to use. If these variables are not set, the
> + programs <file>/usr/bin/editor</file>
> + and <file>/usr/bin/pager</file> should be used,
> + respectively.
I think this is very bad. At the moment policy says that my EDITOR and
PAGER variables have priority over what random programs think is a good
idea, which I think is excellent. If programs get to pick a default that
overrides my EDITOR and PAGER then it all degenerates into chaos.
If what you really meant was that the order is as follows:
* program's preferred editor or pager
* /usr/bin/editor or /usr/bin/pager
... then that would be slightly better; it dilutes the effectiveness of
the editor and pager alternatives, but that might not be *too* bad. It's
late here so I haven't fully thought it through.
Colin Watson [email@example.com]