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Bug 3549 - escape characters wrong in mail
Summary: escape characters wrong in mail
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mailx
Version: 6.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jay Turner
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-06-17 22:10 UTC by Tom Jones
Modified: 2015-01-07 23:37 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-06-17 22:52:09 UTC

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Description Tom Jones 1999-06-17 22:10:01 UTC
/bin/mail's ~v and ~e escapes attempt to execute /usr/bin/vi
and /usr/bin/ex, respectively. These binaries are in the
/bin directory in the current release. Work around by
setting VISUAL and EDITOR in ,mailrc.

                     /usr/bin/vi: No such file or directory
                     Fatal error in process.
                     /usr/bin/ex: No such file or directory
                     Fatal error in process.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-17 22:52:59 UTC
There are several vim packages and it is not clear which
vi should be compiled into mailx as default. Either install
vim-enhanced or set VISUAL/EDITOR to the one you desire:

bash$ rpm -qf /bin/vi
bash$ rpm -qf /usr/bin/vi
bash$ rpm -qf /usr/X11R6/bin/vimx

Comment 2 Olof Johansson 2003-07-31 22:03:14 UTC changed:

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