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I just got Linux over the weekend and I am an extreme newbie. When trying to access password files and such I get a restrictions error. Anyway to bypass this, oh I am logged in as the right user and everything. Thanks in advance
I'm assuming you are wishing to access the files /etc/passwd and or /etc/shadow. Only root can read these file for obvious reasons. Make sure you are logged in as root in order to edit or view these files.
Also word of advice make a backup of the file if you are going to edit it and have any questions of what you are doing.