Desktop launcher as root

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Sun Apr 30 02:49:13 UTC 2006

On Sun, 30 Apr 2006 04:20:09 +0200
Thilo Six <T.Six at> wrote:

> Hash: RIPEMD160
> Peter Garrett wrote the following on 30.04.2006 04:00:
> <snip>
> > sudo update-alternatives --config editor
> mc is aliased to `PAGER=/usr/share/vim/vim64/macros/ EDITOR=nano
> HISTFILE=~/.mc/mc_history mc'
> > Peter 
> bye Thilo

Umm - I thnk that sailed right over my head...
I just installed mc on my laptop, and

sudo update-alternatives --config editor 

showed mcedit as the selected editor. I knew of this because the same
thing happened on my other machines when I installed mc on them.

For example, suddenly "visudo" brought up "mcedit" instead of
"nano" ( notice that one would naturally expect visudo to bring up vi /
vim  - but by default on Ubuntu it doesn't, since the alternative for
"editor" is nano by default, which makes for interesting experiences on IRC
help channels...

me: OK , hit escape
newperson: Huh?
me: to save the file and quit the editor type :wq!
newperson: that doesn't work either - what are you smoking?

And so on...


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