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

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sun Mar 29 22:29:44 UTC 2015

On 30/03/15 01:15, Evangelos Foutras wrote:
> This was discussed about two years ago but no action was taken.
> The proposal is simple:
> - Drop the vi package from the repos
> - Add vim-minimal to the installation image
> This seems like a good idea because the vi editor we ship is about 10
> years old and it has never behaved correctly for me.
> It was brought up that some applications hardcode vi as their fallback
> editor, but I think it should be up to the user to configure proper
> EDITOR or VISUAL environment variables. During installation, none of
> these programs needs to launch an editor (perhaps with the exception
> of visudo which I can configure to search for vim). [1]

Or...  just add a symlink from vim to vi?

> I did a test ISO build replacing vi with vim-minimal and the image
> size increased by about 15 MiB.
> If there are no objections until mid-April, I suggest we implement
> this in the May snapshot.
> [1] https://lists.archlinux.org/pipermail/arch-dev-public/2013-January/024357.html

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