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Old Jimma
August 15th, 2010, 02:15 PM
Hi Ubuntu Community:

How do I change the default editor for root crontab?

Phil Smith
Duluth, GA

August 15th, 2010, 02:31 PM
By changing the default text editor for the system:

sudo update-alternatives --config editor

August 15th, 2010, 02:53 PM
Correct, choose option 3 for nano :)

August 15th, 2010, 03:46 PM
nano was the problem

update-alternatives was not providing the usual solution

seems like crontab -e uses sensible-editer as the editor and it saves the selected editor to $HOME/.selected_editor

rm $HOME/.selected_editor and I was again prompted for an editor to select

why we need another layer of editor selection inconsistent with update-alternatives I don't know, and would have appreciated not having to strace -f -t execve crontab -e 2>/tmp/a to find out

back to vim.tiny

Old Jimma
August 16th, 2010, 02:57 AM
I should have been more specific.

I want gedit to be the default editor in root so when I say

sudo -i
crontab -e

I get gedit there working on my crontab.

How do I get gedit to be my default editor under root?