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Re: [Nmh-workers] Ditch autoconf selection of pager?

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Ditch autoconf selection of pager?
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:55:19 -0500

paul wrote:
 > Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
 > > .. If the chain Editor: -> $VISUAL -> $EDITOR comes up empty, ed is a 
 > > perfectly reasonable default.
 > +1.
 > > Realistically, leaving it set to "vi" (not "/usr/bin/vi") is fine.
 > i'm +- on that. vi is optional in posix, meaning some systems don't have
 > to be able to install it, and it's optional in the field, meaning that
 > some systems actually don't have it.

and i'd bet precious few of those have mh installed.

 > most people set VISUAL in their profiles.

while i'm sure that's true, i'm curious now where it comes from these
days, or how the user knows to set it.  i expected to find it
defaulted in /etc/profile.d or /etc/skel, but it's in neither place.

the VISUAL vs. EDITOR distinction is a bit anachronistic, these days.


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