How to change the default text editor ?

Erik Christiansen erik at
Thu Apr 6 03:39:19 UTC 2006

On Thu, Apr 06, 2006 at 03:38:35AM +0100, _jason wrote:
> You may want to try ``sudo update-alternatives --config editor''.  I'm
> not sure svn looks to that though

If that doesn't help, then try

$ EDITOR=nano

Looking at $EDITOR and $VISUAL environment variables is a long-standing
tradition, and svn may observe it.

Incidentally, I tried

# apt-get install subversion

but copped

WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!
  db4.2-util libsvn0 subversion
Install these packages without verification [y/N]? y
Media change: please insert the disc labeled
 'Ubuntu 5.10 _Breezy Badger_ - Release i386 (20051012)'
in the drive '/cdrom/' and press enter

I must lok at that later.


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