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Include GNU nano in default install, livecd and install medias

Feature state

openSUSE-11.3
Unconfirmed

Description

GNU nano is a very small and user-friendly text editor. There are lots of tips and resources and how-tos on the internet for linux that use nano when simple command-line text editing is needed.

The lack of nano on opensuse means that most users can get stuck if they need to use a rescue system or live system to edit some files, and most suggestions point to using vi, which although very powerful and a better editor, is not user-friendly at all. (Ever tried to rescue a system over the phone, and had to step someone through editing a file using vi?)

The nano rpm for opensuse 11.2 comes in at 350K, so even installed nano has a very small footprint.

Ubuntu, Gentoo and many other distros include nano in their rescue, live, and default installs, and even as their default editor when using the shell.

I know a possible alternative is joe, but joe is very unknown, and most people never know what it is or that it is there. (Small popularity experiment using google trends
here .)

Discussion


icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (8 years ago)

I suppose we do not install emacs, joe, or mcedit for the same reason.

icons/user_comment.png I. A. wrote: (8 years ago)

Until your post, I had never heard of mcedit, and I've been a full-time openSUSE user since 9.1 .

And emacs isn't really comparable to nano in terms of footprint on disk and user-friendliness -- I'm not asking for an editor because it's a my favourite editor and I really like it (I tend to use vi for shell editing these days). I'm asking because it is a very simple editor, one that does the job nicely when any kind of user needs to do a quick edit of a text file from a shell, and that is featured on many guides and howto's for linux on the internet (and to be honest should replace the usage of vi for that purpose).

Updated link to google trends comparing nano, joe and mcedit.

icons/user_comment.png I. A. wrote: (8 years ago)

That link is an interesting counter-point, but it also shows that joe's popularity has indeed been decreasing and is currently below nano's.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (8 years ago)

I do not really take these graphs as authoritative. They look too much like having only two states - or a Google database failure. Or that nano is buggier. Whichever interpretation to choose. At the end of the day, we are no wiser.

icons/user_comment.png L. E. wrote: (8 years ago)

If nano is really that important for you you could easily build your own 'custom' live cd with suse studio and include all your favorite tools on it.

At least that is how I do it...

icons/user_comment.png D. P. wrote: (8 years ago)

Nano is a simple, small and fairly popular editor. Even redhat has it in the default. It will be good to have it in openSUSE too.
It is easier to walk people through ediditing config files with nano from a root terminal than explaining them about the nuisances of vi/vim.

Nano is a no-nonsence console editor and deserves recognition.

icons/user_comment.png M. K. wrote: (8 years ago)

And vim should be removed from the default install / Live CD

icons/user_comment.png I. A. wrote: (8 years ago)

I wouldn't go that far, especially because it has been there for a long time, and many people expect it to be there.

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