Bug#528494: vim-tiny: move to /bin?

James Vega jamessan at debian.org
Mon Aug 10 21:08:18 UTC 2009

clone 528494 -1
reassign -1 elvis-tiny
retitle -1 Use alternatives for /bin/vi
severity -1 wishlist
block 528494 by -1

In looking at the following request for vim-tiny to provide /bin/vi I
noticed that elvis-tiny already provides such a binary.  In order to
fullfil this request, I'd like to ask that elvis-tiny switch to using
alternatives for /bin/vi.

The plan that I would like to move forward with is for both vim-tiny and
elvis-tiny to provide their binary under /bin and then use alternatives
to provide /usr/bin/vi and /bin/vi (as a slave of the /usr/bin/vi

This looks similar to what elvis-tiny is already doing except it has an
odd /bin/vi binary (generated from debian/wrapper.c) doing the work
instead of utilizing alternatives.

Does this sound reasonable?

On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 10:45:56AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> Hi,
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vim/+bug/372364 requests that
> vim-tiny be available on the root filesystem as a rescue utility. I have
> some sympathy with this: a separate /usr is more likely to be used by at
> least moderately experienced users rather than complete novices, and if
> /usr fails to mount they may well be more comfortable with vi than nano.

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