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Topic review - Change default editor to VI in Debian Linux
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Post subject: Change default editor to VI in Debian Linux  |  Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:59 pm
Debian (and probably other distros) comes with NANO as it's default editor. For those VIM enthusiasts like me, there are two ways to change the editor:
1. Making use of EDITOR variable in /etc/profile:
Code:
# export EDITOR="vim"


2. Change VIM editor in Debian via "update-alternatives":
Code:
# update-alternatives --config editor
There are 3 choices for the alternative editor (providing /usr/bin/editor).

  Selection    Path                Priority   Status
------------------------------------------------------------
* 0            /bin/nano            40        auto mode
  1            /bin/nano            40        manual mode
  2            /usr/bin/vim.basic   30        manual mode
  3            /usr/bin/vim.tiny    10        manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 3
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/vim.tiny to provide /usr/bin/editor (editor) in manual mode
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