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Change default editor to ee in FreeBSD

 

 

ee is a console text editor in FreeBSD which is included in the base system. Its GNU/Linux counterpart is called Easy Editor if I am not mistaken, but that is not the point of this article. The default console text editor in FreeBSD is vi, which is not very convenient. To change the console text editor vi to ee or another, e.g. mcedit, you need to change the line in the configuration file, for different users. To do this, edit the .cshrc file in the user directory

 

Go to user directory:

 

cd /usr/home/user

 

Open .cshrc file with console editor ee:

 

ee .cshrc

 

Look for the line:

 

setenv EDITOR vi

 

 

And make it look like this:

 

 

setenv EDITOR ee

 

 

If you want to use any other default console text editor on the system, like mcedit, the line should look like this

 

setenv EDITOR mcedit