James Vega jamessan at
Sat Jun 3 14:46:27 UTC 2006

On Fri, Jun 02, 2006 at 10:56:07PM +0200, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> people seems to get very annoyed by our change wrt .virc and .vimrc and 
> setting compatible mode in .virc.
> I think we should make the fact that 'compatible' mode is enforced 
> in .virc a debconf question that is:
>  * of the lowest priority for vim-tiny, and defaults to compatible
>  * of normal priority and defaults to *nocompatible* for other variants.
> that allow vim-tiny to have the expected behaviour in d-i, and most user 
> to remain unannoyed. It seems to be a really good compromise to me.

I think this is a bit more complex solution than we need.  Having
vim-tiny be 'compatible' when invoked as vi is required for base.  I
think most people will want the default behavior of vi to be
'nocompatible' if they install another variant.

Why not apply the virc patch only when we are building vim-tiny and
build the other variants normally?  This seems like it would be an
easier approach than using debconf and sed to modify debian.vim and
is similar to how other distributions handle it (e.g., vim-minimal in

GPG Key: 1024D/61326D40 2003-09-02 James Vega <jamessan at>
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