How to set SVN_EDITOR environment variable

mac, linuxJust encounter “svn: None of the environment variables SVN_EDITOR, VISUAL or EDITOR is set, and no ‘editor-cmd’ run-time configuration option was found.” This error shows when i try to perform svn commit thru the terminal in a new machine which i have not set the default SVN_EDITOR environment variable.

To set SVN_Editor environment variable, follow the steps below:-


  • Start your terminal and enter the command below:-
    export SVN_EDITOR=vi

    This command will set vi as the default SVN editor

  • If you wish to set SVN_EDITOR environment variable permanently, then u need to add this line
    export SVN_EDITOR=vi

    to .bash_profile file that located at your home folder. (eg: /home/techie/.bash_profile) if .bash_profile doest exists, you can create one.

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