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

From: Tethys
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Ditch autoconf selection of pager?
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:04:31 +0000

Ken Hornstein writes:

>What is the deal with VISUAL and EDITOR?  I always set EDITOR; I've never
>set VISUAL.  I've never understood what the difference is.

EDITOR specifies a line editor (ed, ex, etc). VISUAL specifies a full
screen editor (vi, emacs etc). Virtually no one uses line editors any
more, but there are still a few holdouts and the cost of supporting
VISUAL -> EDITOR -> ed/vi/whatever is minimal.


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