I’ve never got to grips with using ‘vi’ to edit files from the command line. I come from a Cobalt Linux/Red Hat Linux background where the pico text editor was always the default command-line editing application of choice. So one of the first things I need to do is configure the nano/pico text editor so I can properly edit and save out files.
Thankfully FreeBSD has a very useful ports collection system that makes installing applications quick and easy from any remote location. Here is a quick and easy step-by-step guide how to get Nano editing capabilities running on your FreeBSD powered server. I’ve even included a useful symlink for those who cannot stop using pico as a prefix to files they want to edit.
Sudo to root and then execute the following command:
cd /usr/ports/editors/nano && make install clean
If you have people who can’t stop themselves typing ‘pico’ to bring up the text editor then you can symlink to the new nano binary as follows:
ln -s /usr/local/bin/nano /usr/local/bin/pico