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Bug#197835: [PROPOSAL]: integrated environments are allowed

On Wed, Jun 18, 2003 at 01:32:02PM -0400, Colin Walters wrote:

> Yes, what we are discussing will not affect newbies.  But I imagine a
> lot of experienced users have EDITOR and especially PAGER set
> consistently, and this will affect them.

If the history of the vi vs. emacs flamewars teach us anything, it's
that most experienced users would rather fight than switch when it
comes to editors.  Frankly, if some stupid app insists on ignoring
what I've defined as the One True $EDITOR(tm), I would take it out
back, shoot it, drive a stake through its heart, chop off its head,
fill its mouth with garlic, and bury it under the crossroads at
midnight.  That's how evil I think this proposal is.

> Are you seriously suggesting that if I browse to a text file inside
> Nautilus, because I have PAGER=less set, it should fire up an xterm or
> something with less?

$PAGER is a different case.  I might consider a proposal that $PAGER
should only be used for terminal apps.  That's historically how it's
used for the most part, anyway.  In fact, if we look around, I bet
we'll find that most X apps ignore $PAGER, whether they're part of an
"integrated environment" or not, and we should probably consider
modifying policy to reflect reality here.

But touch my $EDITOR at your peril!

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