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Re: Adding a simple editor to the base system

On Thu, 12 Feb 2009, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:

On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:46:07 +0000
"David Brownlee" <> wrote:
From: D'Arcy J.M. Cain <>
------------ File: /usr/bin/edit -----------
#! /bin/sh
exec ${EDITOR:-/usr/bin/vi}

You may have missed a ":)" there...

Regarding 'vi' as a reasonable default when an inexperienced user types
'edit' could be regarded as a joke in rather poor humour...

Nope.  I said "base system" not the NetBSD Desktop system.  I felt that
it was reasonable for the Desktop install to change the default by
setting the EDITOR variable.

        This inexperienced user might be installing on a non desktop box,
        or non i386, or they might be logging into a box setup by
        someone else. I really don't know how I would explain that to a

        "If you want to edit a file type 'edit file' if you are
        on a system which has the optional easy editor installed,
        otherwise it will drop you into the vi editor, at which point
        you'll need to press : then q then enter, and if that fails
        try ESC then : then q then ! then enter. Better still, just
        type 'ee file', as that way if its not installed you get
        a simple error. Then you have to find an editor you can use, ah,
        there you can try pico, or nano, or, well, here is a tutorial on
        vi. Spend a few hours playing with it."

        I'd prefer to try quite hard to avoid screwing over users...

                David/absolute       -- No hype required --

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