Manish Jain wrote:
Mel Flynn wrote:On Wednesday 13 May 2009 09:21:46 manish jain wrote:I want to move vi to /bin so that I have an editor available in single-user mode.The only reason to need an editor and not have /usr and /var available is to edit /etc/fstab. It is trivial to spot errors with /rescue/cat and fix with /rescue/sed, without having to worry about a terminal.In all other cases: fsck -p /etc/rc.d/mountcritlocal start /etc/rc.d/ldconfig startAnd one can use any editor one would want. Don't forget to export or setenv TERM to cons25 from 'dumb'.From all the discussion I have walked through on the issue of where to place vi, it does appear FreeBSD has a skewed policy on the issue. There are plenty of reasons you might need access an editor in single-user mode - editing fstab is just one. Having to use the workarounds suggested in place of vi is not so good, and manually moving vi to /bin is not simply a matter of 'mv /usr/bin/vi /bin/'.One of the things I would dearly like to see in a future release is vi being placed under /bin.
There is an alternative means of achieving the same effect which I have been occasionally known to advocate on this and other lists: the all-in-one partition layout. Simply put, when installing the system instead of creating separate /, /usr, /var etc. etc. partitions, you create only two partitions: a swap area and (covering all the rest of the disk) one big partition mounted at /. This means that in single user mode, dynamically linked programs like vi(1) are available as normal. It's easy to implement and it works well. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard Flat 3 PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Ramsgate Kent, CT11 9PW
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