Set Vim as the default editor

published on 2017-01-28 in computing

It just kills me when I type git commit or some other such command on a newly configured machine and up comes nano or (worse!) pico. And, I so infrequently have to do this that I can never remember it - so, for posterity:

To set your default editor (to Vim) on Ubuntu:

update-alternatives --config editor


$ sudo update-alternatives --config editor
There are 4 choices for the alternative editor (providing /usr/bin/editor).

  Selection    Path                Priority   Status
  0            /bin/nano            40        auto mode
  1            /bin/ed             -100       manual mode
  2            /bin/nano            40        manual mode
* 3            /usr/bin/vim.basic   30        manual mode
  4            /usr/bin/vim.tiny    10        manual mode

Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 3
Tags: vim linux ubuntu