I recently installed virt-manager on an Arch Linux install, and unlike under Ubuntu, I was not prompted to choose a text editor on the first launch of virsh-edit. Instead, the XML file was opened in vi (or vim, not sure). From this thread in the RedHat archives, I thought that if I just added to ~/.bashrc:
export EDITOR=/usr/bin/nano that would solve the problem, but it did not.
Also, launching it with
EDITOR=geany sudo virsh edit myWINVM gave the same result, as did trying to use a different editor:
EDITOR=geany sudo virsh edit myWINVM as described here
and I see that the variable has in fact been set:
[~]$ printenv SHELL=/bin/bash SESSION_MANAGER=local/virtland:@/tmp/.ICE-unix/5451,unix/virtland:/tmp/.ICE-unix/5451 WINDOWID=27262979 COLORTERM=truecolor XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=/etc/xdg XDG_MENU_PREFIX=xfce- SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/tmp/ssh-j36TZui4fOt5/agent.5457 DESKTOP_SESSION=Xfce Session SSH_AGENT_PID=5458 EDITOR=/usr/bin/nano ...
virsh edit MYVM still opens the XML in vi.
Is there something different I need to do in Arch? Has the method of changing this setting been changed in recent updates of virsh?