Bug#801480: Please automatically launch x-terminal-emulator if $DISPLAY but no tty

Josh Triplett josh at joshtriplett.org
Sat Oct 10 23:02:14 UTC 2015

Package: vim
Version: 2:7.4.826-1
Severity: wishlist

Currently, I have a wrapper around vim to detect a tty, and launch
x-terminal-emulator if vim doesn't have a tty but does have $DISPLAY.
I'd love to have that functionality built in, instead, so that running
"vim" would automatically bring up a vim window even when run from a
graphical program without a tty.

- Josh Triplett

-- Package-specific info:

--- real paths of main Vim binaries ---
/usr/bin/vi is /usr/bin/vim.basic
/usr/bin/vim is /usr/bin/vim.basic

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.2.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=C.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=C.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages vim depends on:
ii  libacl1      2.2.52-2
ii  libc6        2.19-22
ii  libgpm2      1.20.4-6.1+b2
ii  libselinux1  2.3-2+b1
ii  libtinfo5    6.0+20150810-1
ii  vim-common   2:7.4.826-1
ii  vim-runtime  2:7.4.826-1

vim recommends no packages.

Versions of packages vim suggests:
pn  ctags        <none>
pn  vim-doc      <none>
ii  vim-scripts  20130814

-- no debconf information

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