[arch-dev-public] Dropping vi and adding vim-minimal to the installation image

Evangelos Foutras evangelos at foutrelis.com
Tue Apr 21 22:03:18 UTC 2015

On 22/04/15 00:49, Allan McRae wrote:
> On 22/04/15 07:00, Evangelos Foutras wrote:
>> On 21/04/15 23:45, Jerome Leclanche wrote:
>>> As long as the EDITOR variable is supported by those programs, maybe yes.
>>> But I don't think creating a symlink *anyway* and make vim provide vi
>>> is inappropriate.
>> Yes, the VISUAL/EDITOR environment variables should still be honored by
>> these applications. It's only the default fallback editor that is going
>> to change.
>> I'm slightly against adding a vi symlink. That suggestion made sense so
>> as not to break programs that use vi as their default editor. With nano
>> as the default editor, there's no technical reason to do this anymore.
> I think the symlink is very important.  And I am very against VIsudo
> calling anything other than vi by default.  Unless you rename it nanosudo.

The problem is that vim is not provided in [core] and cannot be part of
a base installation. We can't make an editor from [extra] the default.

I'm open to suggestions, but consider that nano is the only remaining
editor in [core]. (And it will work fine as a fallback editor.)

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