I installed vim and ran update-alternatives. Then I installed vim-full and ran it again. I noticed that there are two entries for vim.basic: one in auto mode, and one in manual.
What's the difference and what does it matter?
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
automatic mode When a link group is in automatic mode, the alternatives system ensures that the links in the group point to the highest priority alternative appropriate for the group. manual mode When a link group is in manual mode, the alternatives system will not make any changes to the system administrator's settings.
Like the above excerpt from
man update-alternatives says:
Changes will be made by the system to the settings of the administrator of that system if this change will ensure that the best option or choice of settings will always be used for that application(s).
Changes will not be made by the system to the settings selected by the system administrator. And so the system admin's choice will be kept and used at all times.