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Date:      Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:03:37 -0553.75
From:      "William A. Mahaffey III" <wam@hiwaay.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: freebsd-update editor choice
Message-ID:  <56702A7F.70404@hiwaay.net>
In-Reply-To: <20151215124601.GA4020@becker.bs.l>
References:  <20151213182848.M69104@brightstar.bomgardner.net> <20151215124601.GA4020@becker.bs.l>

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On 12/15/15 06:52, Bertram Scharpf wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Sunday, 13. Dec 2015, 12:31:22 -0600, Gene wrote:
>> I'm using freebsd-update to update my 10.1 system to 10.2. When merging files,
>> it insists on using the 'vi' editor. I really, really, REALLY, despise vi. Is
>> there a way to get it to use another editor?
> The problem I fussed about many times and long times without
> any understanding up to this day is not how but _where_ to
> set the EDITOR environment variable. There is
>
>    - /etc/login.conf
>    - /etc/rc
>    - /etc/profile (and /etc/zprofile)
>    - /etc/csh.cshrc (or /etc/zshrc)
>    - ~/.profile (and ~/.zprofile)
>    - ~/.shrc, ~/.cshrc, (or ~/.zshrc)
>    - probably some more I forgot here
>
> Some programs change their behaviour in dependence of the
> EDITOR variable. For example if you log into a host with the
> command
>
>    $ ssh otherhost -t tmux
>
> most of the above files are left unregarded and the TMux
> option 'status-keys' may be set to an undesired value.
>
> Is there any documentation in which order and under which
> circumstances the above files are executed or come into
> respect?
>
> By the way: there was a time when I considered Vi/Vim a
> really, really, REALLY weird approach to editing. Then I
> managed to change my opinion and gave it a try. It was one
> of the best decisions in my life. Of course, this mail is
> written in Vim.
>
> Bertram


Preach it *LOUD*, brother ;-) ....


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