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I use vim as my normal edito and so have my vimrc set up in a particular way.

I quite often find myself editing crons with the command

crontab -e 

When I do, I edit in vim, but without my normal vimrc - I could load it with a command but I'd like to have it load up automatically - what am I missing?

Extra information - I'm a user on the system, I don't have admin rights....

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Can you please clarify, the issue is that the vimrc is not loading, not that the default editor is incorrect - right? It appears to me as though it's the vimrc issue, not the editor issue as people are suggesting. – nerdwaller Apr 8 '13 at 19:13
It works on my system. Add some details such as OS, shell, contents of $EDITOR and vim version. – Ярослав Рахматуллин Apr 8 '13 at 21:01
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Looks to me like everyone is missing the issue, the issue appears to be that your vimrc file is not working when you use crontab -e, for example. Assuming that is correct:

You probably have ~\.vimrc configured for the user, but not the system. You could copy/create a global one (that should work for vim wherever).

Typically, the global vimrc is:




Depending on your *Nix based system.

Hopefully that is a bit more on what you're looking for.

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Your vim settings should be enabled system-wide for this to work, as crontab(1) calls EDITOR without enviroment.

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This is accurate, but it may be helpful to give a fix as well. It is more fitting of the SU format. Just a thought. – nerdwaller Apr 8 '13 at 19:22
@nerdwaller Duly noted. Thanks. Is it good practice to remove an unproper answer? – dawud Apr 8 '13 at 19:33
I'm not a moderator, so I can't really say the best practice. I tend to add to/edit mine, or if I was way off delete it to remove clutter. But the best place to ask/search for answers to questions about SU is Meta. Like I said before, you're accurate - it just helps to have a solution as well. That's basically my personal criteria before up-voting. – nerdwaller Apr 8 '13 at 19:38

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