Editor in minimal system (was Re: The question of moving vi to /bin)
j.mckeown at ru.ac.za
Fri Jun 26 09:19:27 UTC 2009
This whole thread only really got started because I questioned Manish Jain's
assertion that there was no editor available in /bin.
There are several editors available ranging from ed (49604 bytes) and ee
(60920 bytes) (both with two library dependencies) to emacs (in ports;
5992604 bytes and 50 library dependencies in my installation) and probably
One of them, ed, is available in /bin and therefore in single-user mode.
Two of them, ed and vi, are available in /rescue and therefore in single-user
mode even when something horrible happens and libraries are broken (although
/rescue/vi is currently slightly broken itself due to the termcap issue which
is being fixed in -CURRENT and I hope will be MFC'd).
Anyone who wants /usr/bin/vi available in single-user mode can install FreeBSD
with one large partition; or mount /usr once in single-user mode.
The original poster suggested that the fix for not having vi in /bin was not
to have any editor at all in /rescue, which comprehensively misses the point
The only argument that's been advanced for moving vi seems to be ``vi should
be in /bin because that's how I want it''. I find that argument unconvincing,
but it's not up to me. I'm open to a sensible argument, if anyone has one.
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