[CentOS] vi defaults in 6.x

Sun Aug 26 12:26:48 UTC 2012
Markus Falb <markus.falb at fasel.at>

On 20.8.2012 19:16, Gordon Messmer wrote:
> On 08/20/2012 04:07 AM, Joerg Schilling wrote:
>> Gordon Messmer<yinyang at eburg.com>  wrote:
>>>> Actually, it's a shell alias.  And then, only if "vim" is installed,
>>>> which it isn't in some configurations.  IIRC, desktop systems have him
>>>> by default, but server installations do not.
>> It is neither a symlink nor a shell alias - execpt maybe for platforms that
>> for some reason don't include vi.
> On a CentOS system, "vi" will be a shell alias when the "vim" package is 
> installed.  Otherwise it will be a variant of "vim" which is more 
> compatible with the POSIX description of "vi" (though not 100%).  As we 
> are discussing CentOS, I believe my statements did not require 
> correction.  Thanks.

I got curious ;-)

vim-minimal installs /bin/vi
vim-enhanced installs /usr/bin/vim and sets the alias (the "vim" package)

[falb at xxx ~]$ which vi
alias vi='vim'
[falb at xxx ~]$ which vim
[falb at xxx ~]$ whereis vi
vi: /bin/vi /usr/share/man/man1/vi.1.gz /usr/share/man/man1p/vi.1p.gz

But the alias is not set for root!

[root at xxx ~]# which vi
[root at xxx ~]# which vim
Kind Regards, Markus Falb

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