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#1 2012-02-05 05:10:24

Zarcjap
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[SOLVED] How to set $EDITOR

for some reason my system doesn't have anything set for $EDITOR. Obviously I could set it with

export EDITOR=nano

in my .bashrc file but that just feels sloppy. Is there a better way, a more recommended way that is, to set it? I feel like there must be a setting in some configuration file somewhere for it already.

Last edited by Zarcjap (2012-02-05 16:14:48)

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#2 2012-02-05 05:17:20

jasonwryan
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Re: [SOLVED] How to set $EDITOR

My understanding is that you should put your environment variables in ~/.profile (or ~/.bash_profile if that is your shell, but you will need to source ~/.bashrc from there).

The Invocation section of the bash man page has more details...


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#3 2012-02-05 11:24:02

thisoldman
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Re: [SOLVED] How to set $EDITOR

You may also place the line in /etc/bash.bashrc to set the variable for all users.  System-wide aliases can also go in that file.

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#4 2012-02-05 16:14:34

Zarcjap
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Re: [SOLVED] How to set $EDITOR

That sounds more like what I was looking for, a system wide setting. Thanks.

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#5 2012-02-05 16:19:24

swanson
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Re: [SOLVED] How to set $EDITOR

'System-wide' does that include root as well? I've some problems with aliases for root.

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#6 2012-02-05 17:09:01

karol
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Re: [SOLVED] How to set $EDITOR

swanson wrote:

'System-wide' does that include root as well? I've some problems with aliases for root.

Please open another thread, give us more info about your settings and post some examples - what works, what doesn't - for the regular users and for root.

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