How to move vi to /bin

Manish Jain invalid.pointer at
Fri May 15 06:46:54 UTC 2009

Mel Flynn wrote:
> On Wednesday 13 May 2009 09:21:46 manish jain wrote:
>> I want to move vi to /bin so that I have an editor available in
>> single-user mode.
> The only reason to need an editor and not have /usr and /var available is to 
> edit /etc/fstab. It is trivial to spot errors with /rescue/cat and fix with 
> /rescue/sed, without having to worry about a terminal.
> In all other cases:
> fsck -p
> /etc/rc.d/mountcritlocal start
> /etc/rc.d/ldconfig start
> And one can use any editor one would want. Don't forget to export or setenv 
> TERM to cons25 from 'dumb'.

 From all the discussion I have walked through on the issue of where to 
place vi, it does appear FreeBSD has a skewed policy on the issue. There 
are plenty of reasons you might need access an editor in single-user 
mode - editing  fstab is just one. Having to use the workarounds 
suggested in place of vi is not so good, and manually moving vi to /bin 
is not simply a matter of 'mv /usr/bin/vi /bin/'.

One of the things I would dearly like to see in a future release is vi 
being placed under /bin.

Manish Jain
invalid.pointer at

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