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Default editor (was: Re: Diff usage)

From: Nick Thompson <nickthompson_at_agere.com>
Date: 2006-05-08 11:29:37 CEST

On Sunday 07 May 2006 13:37, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> Garrett Rooney wrote:
> > On 5/5/06, Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel@comcast.net> wrote:
> >> Garrett Rooney wrote:
> >>> On 5/5/06, Mike Craig <Mike.Craig@freeclear.com> wrote:
> >>>> Excellent, what is the timeline for 1.4?
> >>>
> >>> Well, the release branch was created today, which means there's
> >>> at least a 1 month soak period before it can possibly be
> >>> released. That said, it could be longer, depending on what bugs
> >>> are found between now and then. If something bad is found
> >>> we'll have to restart the soak period.
> >>>
> >>> -garrett
> >>
> >> Ooohhhh! Ooohhh! Mr. Kotter! Mr. K-o-t-t-t-e-e-r-r-r-r!
> >>
> >> Can I submit a feature request right now, that the default .spec
> >> files include "/usr/bin/vi" as their default editor? The
> >> consistent and irritating "you don't have an EDITOR/SVN_EDITOR
> >> set" is just irritating for Linux users....
> >
> > If you want to change something in the rpm .spec files you should
> > probably ask David Summers (david@summersoft.fay.ar.us), the
> > maintainer of them, to make that change.
> >
> > -garrett
> I shall: the notes for bug reports/feature requests say I should
> submit it here, first. I'd also be glad to see people comment if it
> makes sense.

Most of my users here have never used vi. If it popped up by default,
I don't think they would have any clue how to insert their comment or
even (save and) exit the damn thing :-)

Most of them could figure out what the error message means and would
set EDITOR to xemacs, kate, gvim, kedit, nano, nedit, or whatever
else they have. They'd probably do it in their .profile and never get
bugged by it again.

So, I'm a bit negative on switching to vi for default.

We also use ClearCase here (sigh) which has a different default. No
EDITOR, fine, readline it is then. It just puts up a text prompt and
allows the user to type several lines, terminated with a '.' on a
line by itself (a la 'mail'). The prompt includes a line on how to
terminate the input. Wouldn't that be a better solution?


> Nick Thompson
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