Tom H tomh0665 at
Tue Dec 25 03:39:21 UTC 2012

On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> On 12/23/2012 01:48 PM, Phil Dobbin wrote:
>> I've just spun up a 12.04 remote virtual machine & when I ran the visudo
>> command, it plonked me into nano. Whilst this is easy to fix (sudo
>> update-alternatives --config editor), I'm puzzled as to when this happened.
>> I know it happened on some of the Red Hat clones but it was duly
>> reported upstream as a bug & upstream confirmed it was bug.
>> Is it a bug on Ubuntu or is this behaviour now the default?
> My 12.04 defaults to vi(m) per
> <>
> " There is a hard-coded list of one or more editors that visudo will use
>        set at compile-time that may be overridden via the editor sudoers
>        Default variable.  This list defaults to "/usr/local/bin/vi"."

If you compile and install vi from source, its default location's most
probably "/usr/local/bin/vi" but no distribution installs anything to

The Ubuntu maintainer must have forgotten to edit the man page...

On Debian you get 'This list defaults to "/usr/bin/editor"', which
corresponds to the Ubuntu behavior on 12.10 (and on 12.04 AFAIR).

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