How can I change the default editor of the sudoedit command to be vim?

I’m trying to use sudoedit, but it keeps running the nano editor. My preferred editor is vim. How can I make it the default?

Looking at the man page, man sudoedit, I’ve noticed the following:

 EDITOR           Default editor to use in -e (sudoedit) mode if neither SUDO_EDITOR nor VISUAL is set.
 SUDO_EDITOR      Default editor to use in -e (sudoedit) mode.
 VISUAL           Default editor to use in -e (sudoedit) mode if SUDO_EDITOR is not set.

So I’ve set them all to /usr/bin/vim, but sudoedit /etc/hosts still uses nano. Am I missing something?

$ EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim
$ VISUAL=/usr/bin/vim
$ SUDO_EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim

$ echo $VISUAL

$ echo $EDITOR 

$ echo $SUDO_EDITOR 

$ sudoedit /etc/hosts # This is still using nano

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Run sudo update-alternatives --config editor and choose for vim. After this, sudoedit /etc/hosts should open /etc/hosts using vim.

Alternatively you can use sudo vim /etc/hosts.

Solution 2

Try exporting the variable i.e.:

$ SUDO_EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim
$ export SUDO_EDITOR

A new shell is started when you run the command and if this variable is not exported it will not exist in the new shell.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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