Subject: Re: Usability and the default shell
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-userlevel
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	                           

  "We cannot usually in social life pursue a single value or a single moral
   aim, untroubled by the need to compromise with others."      - H.L.A. Hart