[arch-dev-public] [arch-general] Drop VI from [core] (was Re: Winter Cleanup of [community])

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Fri Jan 25 09:18:33 EST 2013

Am 24.01.2013 17:35, schrieb Dave Reisner:
> More seriously, POSIX says vi is optional for us:
> http://pubs.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/9699919799/utilities/vi.html
> Please remember that dropping it from [core] makes it in no way any less
> available.
> I've no problems with moving vi as long as it doesn't disappear from the
> install media. It's useful to have around long enough until you can pacman
> -S vim.

If vi is removed from base/core we need to make sure that we don't
break other packages. E.g. some programs use vi as default or fallback
to it if EDITOR is not defined. E.g. visudo, crontab etc.

We once had vim as our vi implementation so I don't see any reason to
repeat history here.

I don't object against keeping vi on the install media. But putting vim
on there is too much and really not needed. So -1 on that idea (see
thread on arch-releng)

Pierre Schmitz, https://pierre-schmitz.com

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