Subject: Re: Usability and the default shell
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <email@example.com>
Date: 10/05/2006 13:18:16
On Thu, Oct 05, 2006 at 01:11:44PM -0400, der Mouse wrote:
> >> It is easy enough for users who do not want this to turn it off (or
> >> turn on vi-style editing) in /etc/profile. But I propose turning it
> >> on by default so that it works in single-user and emergency shells
> >> even if there is no /etc/profile present.
> > I for one think this is a fantastic idea, it's about time we had this
> > for single-user mode.
> Am I missing something? Is typing "set -o emacs" really all that
> onerous for single-user or emergency use?
It is if you're so naive (e.g. Linux born and bred) that you don't know
that "set -o emacs" is how you do that.
> (Yes, I know the original point was to change the default for na?ve
> users, but that doesn't seem to be what the above are about.)
Of course it is; see above.
Thor Lancelot Simon firstname.lastname@example.org
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