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changing your default editor 4 March 1999
When I was upgrading to 3.1, I was told about mergemaster, which helps you reconcile/merge your old
/etc with the new /etc. However, with my upgrade came the vi
editor, and not the ee which I knew and loved. Here's how I changed it so
that mergemaster used ee.
This setting will also affect the vipw and chsh commands, which is a Good Thing (TM).
Please note that I'm using the bash shell. And I've been told this will work for all Bourne derived shells (e.g. sh, bash, ksh).
# export EDITOR=/usr/bin/ee # echo $EDITOR /usr/bin/ee
For csh derived shells, I'm told that you use this command:
# setenv EDITOR /usr/bin/ee
You may also want to know about changing your shell.