Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 167911
$EDITOR should be set
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:13 EST
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Description of problem:
Users of Fedora miss out on one of bash's biggest time savers because $EDITOR is not set.
Say you're constructing a long command:
$ for i in *.c; do something $i; somethingelse $i; mv $i /path/to/somewhere^X^E
the shortcut to open your default editor will fail because EDITOR is not set.
I don't have emacs installed. It would be nice if vi loaded.
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Hm, I'm not sure defaulting $EDITOR is really best. Perhaps bash should fall
back to _PATH_VI (from paths.h) if emacs isn't found.
set -o vi
Then press 'v'
I don't want to change my line editing interface, I'm happy with the default -
but I do want to be able to use ^X^E without it falling over because it can't
So you want to use emacs keybindings for command line editing, but vi
keybindings for editing the command line. I suspect you are in the minority.
Please take this up with the bash maintainer if you'd like it changed.
Yes, why not? vi is the standard default editor, and bash - complete with emacs
keybindings - is the standard default shell.
I don't think the request is so strange.