[sent the below message thru the freebsd-security list with no answers, hope 
for more from freebsd-questions]

Recently started using vi macros.

When attempting to use one which accessed the external shell, got the following 

"The ! command is not supported when the secure edit option is set."

When attempting to ":set nosecure" got:

"set: the secure option may not be turned off."

When attempting to "set nosecure" in my .exrc file, got:

set nonumber
.exrc, 44: set: the secure option may not be turned off
.exrc, 44: Ex command failed: pending commands discarded

Looking through all the man pages, vi references, tutorials, and the the 
oreilly vi "bible",
can't find anything...

Is "set secure" a compiled in setting?

>From FreeBSD vi man page:

       -S     Run  with  the secure edit option set, disallowing all access to
              external programs.
       secure [off]
              Turns off all access to external programs.


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