How to move vi to /bin

Chris Rees utisoft at
Wed May 13 08:30:58 UTC 2009

> On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 12:51:46PM +0530, manish jain wrote:
>> I want to move vi to /bin so that I have an editor available in
>> single-user mode. This sounds simple (and should be if all you have is
>> a single partition), but there are problems. For starters, terminfo
>> can't locate its database in single-user mode.
>> Could anyone please tell me how to go about this on a 7.x system ? I
>> am also curious to know why FreeBSD doesn't place vi under /bin in the
>> first place.

You may also have a problem, because IIRC /usr/bin/vi is dynamically
linked with stuff in /usr/lib. Try it, it may work. It's probably why
it's in /usr/bin.

Or just use /rescue/vi as Andrew suggested!


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