To change the default editor for
crontab -e from Vim to Nano, you need to set the
EDITOR environment variable to nano. There are a few ways to do this:
This command sets Nano as the editor for the duration of the terminal session. Once you close the terminal, the setting will revert.
To make Nano the default editor permanently, you need to add the setting to your shell's configuration file.
export EDITOR=nano to your
.bash_profile file in your home directory.
This change will make Nano the default editor for all future terminal sessions. After applying one of these methods, Nano will be used as the default editor when you run
Some Linux distributions (especially Debian-based ones) include a utility called
select-editor in your terminal.
On Debian-based systems, you can use
update-alternatives to set the default editor for all users.
sudo update-alternatives --config editor in the terminal.
VISUAL environment variable can also be set to your preferred editor.
Some cron implementations allow setting the default editor directly in the cron configuration file. This is less common and depends on the specific cron daemon you are using.