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I need to create a temporary samba share on a server already running samba, with multiple shares. I did a vi smb.conf in /etc/samba, but its warning me that its a read-only file, so I did a q! to get out of it because that didn't seem right.
It depends which user you are trying to edit the file as. If the file belongs to root with write permissions only for root, it's probable that you are editing it as a vanilla user...
That would certainly cause vi to say the file is read-only. Regarding belonging to root with write permissions only for root, I would hope that is the case. Otherwise, his system has major security problems.
RHEL, not sure what version. I only have access to the CLI, so I thought I could only vi the config file.
(1) Open a terminal shell.
(2) su root
(3) Enter root's password.
(4) cd /etc/samba
(5) cp smb.conf smb-backup30dec2009.conf (i.e. make a copy of your file before changing it so that you can restore the original if you need to)
(6) vi smb.conf (make your changes)
(7) restart samba and test your new smb.conf.