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Anyone know what is the default text editor for Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS with minimal installation?

I tried vim, nano, editor, gedit. none of the above is working.

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    gedit is the GNOME editor, so unless you added GNOME (ubuntu-desktop) to your system, why would it be there? I'd expect vi to be included; ie. the basic editor & not vim (VI improved). If you don't have an editor you like; why not just add one?
    – guiverc
    Jun 22 at 6:24

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Try vi instead of vim or you could install nano using the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nano
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  • This requires network, and network seems hard to configure without an editor. Is there an easy way?
    – hey
    Jul 22 at 4:26
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    @hey vi doesn't require network.
    – mchid
    Jul 22 at 18:15
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I had the same question, and I'm a little scared to report that it appears there isn't an editor installed with the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS minimal server install...

Ubuntu (including the minimal server install) ships with a utility to set the default editor (aptly named select-editor; see the Ubuntu select-editor Manpage). Honestly, it's kind of ironic, given the following, but... *shrugs*

I ran select-editor on my fresh minimal server install and got:

user@server:/$ select-editor
update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for editor
user@server:/$

So I installed nano, and ran it again to see what would happen:

user@server:/$ select-editor
user@server:/$

It seems that, now that there's only one editor installed, it ran without any further input and threw no errors.

To sate my growing curiosity, I installed vim as well and ran select-editor again:

user@server:/$ select-editor
Select an editor.  To change later, run 'select-editor'.
  1. /bin/nano        <---- easiest
  2. /usr/bin/vim.basic

Choose 1-2 [1]:

So all I can conclude from this is that the Ubuntu 22.04 LTS minimal server install does not ship with a text editor. *shrugs again; shakes head in disbelief*

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  • This is unfortunate, I need a text editor to fix my internet so I can install a text editor Edit: cat - > /path/to/file was a usable solution
    – Eric Wolf
    Sep 20 at 15:25
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Create a text file and name it FILE.txt. Your default text editor is the one that opens when you run the following command:

sudoedit FILE.txt
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    This wont work on ubuntu server minimal install which does NOT ship nano.
    – Thomas Ward
    Aug 2 at 12:23
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You can use cat in a pinch (I needed to fix my netplan.yaml in order to connect to the internet, and thus couldn't install another editor)

cat - > /path/to/file then just ctrl+c to exit

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