The question of moving vi to /binHi,

Chris Rees utisoft at
Sun Jun 28 17:22:02 UTC 2009

2009/6/28 Mark E Doner <nuintari at>:
> Erich Dollansky wrote:
>> On 26 June 2009 am 10:02:30 Polytropon wrote:
>>> Polytropon
>>> From Magdeburg, Germany
>> big brother is watching me.
>> An xterm just came up with this message:
>> "The default editor in FreeBSD is vi, which is efficient to use when you
>> have learned it, but somewhat user-unfriendly.  To use ee (an easier but
>> less powerful editor) instead, set the environment variable EDITOR to
>> /usr/bin/ee"
>> Isn't this the best reasoning why it should stay as it is?
> Wouldn't it be cool if there was an option you could toss in make.conf, like
> VI_PREFIX=foo, which defaults to /usr of course? Then people who want to
> move vi to /bin could rebuild world without worrying about it redoing such a
> move after every big upgrade, and people who don't want it moved, do
> nothing.
> Not that I encourage feature creep or anything.


/usr/home/chris amnesiac# ln -s /rescue/vi /bin/vi

### Stop anything meddling with vi!
/usr/home/chris amnesiac# chflags -h schg /bin/vi


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
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