editor - execute the user’s favorite editor
int editor (file,message);
Editor will execute the editor preferred by the user, to edit the
file whose name is file. The string message will be printed to
tell the user what he is editing.
This routine contains all the
special knowledge needed to execute
the editors known to the system; if the user wants to use some
other editor, it will be done but with no special assistance from
There is assumed to be an
environment parameter called EDITOR,
whose value is the name of the user’s favorite editor (e.g. ex,
emacs). If the EDITOR parameter is missing from the environment,
some default editor will be used.
The runp(3) routine is used to
execute the editor; it uses the PATH
environment parameter to find the editor. In general, if the
editor can be found by the shell, it should be found by editor.
Editor returns the return code
of the editor upon normal
completion, or -1 if the editor if interrupted or cannot be
This routine is useful for any
program which allows the user to
edit a text file.
is assumed to be the name of the user’s favorite editor.
Typical values include "ex", "vi", "emacs", and "ed", but any
other editor is also acceptable; it will be executed with a
single parameter which is the name of the file to be edited.
The value of EDITOR may be an absolute name, if desired.
is assumed to be the searchlist for executable programs.
ed(1), ex(1), runp(3)
Returns -1 if the editor cannot be successfully executed, 0
normally, >0 if the editor itself discovers some error condition.
The default editor is emacs.
If message contains a newline,
it may not be completely meaningful
when using some screen-oriented editors.