Bug#345765: make gvim configurable via update-alternatives ?

Stefano Zacchiroli zack at debian.org
Sun Jan 15 17:13:48 UTC 2006

On Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 12:34:25PM +0100, Soeren Sonnenburg wrote:
> when one selects vim.basic in update-alternatives but still wants to use
> gvim as the gnome-text-editor then vim complains that it has no GUI built-in
> so I guess the solution would be to either set gvim to some vim that has
> a GUI enabled at compiletime or also make it configurable via
> update-alternatives

You're right, this is indeed a problem. The solution I propose is
articulated in (50% RFC from you, 50% TODO list for we vim maintainers):
- inhibit installation of upstream gvim -> vim symlink
- change all the other symlinks installed by vim-gui-common (evim,
  gvimdiff, gview, ...) so that they point to gvim instead of vim
- for all GUI enabled variants install an explicit alternative
  gvim -> vim.variant

What do you (all) think?

Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
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