How to change the default text editor ?

Chris Peterman kyral at
Thu Apr 6 01:37:54 UTC 2006

the EDITOR varible is what controls the text editor. You set it much like any 
other Environment Var. 

EDITOR = <command for editor>
export EDITOR

to have it set everytime put those in your ~/.bashrc or ~/bash_profile (can't 
remember which)

~ Chris

On Thursday 06 April 2006 00:34, Vincent Trouilliez wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using Dapper, I use subversion and when I went to do a commit, svn
> started vi for me to type my comments. In Breezy, it used to start nano
> instead, which is what I want to use.
> I assume their must be an environnement variable somewhere that controls
> what the default text editor is... what must I do exactly to set it to
> nano ? What file must I modify, what line to add exactly, and where in
> the file ?
> Thanks much in advance... :-)
> --
> Vince

~ Chris "Kyral" Peterman
Computer Science Undergraduate
Clarkson University
Associate Member of the Free Software Foundation
Ubuntu Member
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