Monday, February 25, 2008

Editing crontab on Solaris

I wanted to edit the crontab on a Solaris 10 box, but when I tried to execute crontab -e, it didn't take me to the vi editor. This is what I got instead:

# crontab -e

No matter what I typed, I couldn't use this edit mode.

Turns out my terminal wasn't exported properly and vi started in 'one line' mode. Here's how to get the default vi back - you need to have the properly variables set in your shell:

# export EDITOR
# TERMINAL=xterm
# export TERMINAL
(for bash).
Now, try crontab -e again, and vi should be 'full screen'.

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