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Old 09-30-2004, 06:36 PM   #1
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the noobest question of them all


How do i edit a file/script in console as root??
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:51 PM   #2
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vi or emacs or maybe Midnight Commander

Last edited by jjflash53; 09-30-2004 at 06:54 PM.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:52 PM   #3
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use vi editor.
you can open text file:

vi filename

you have to learn some simple command in vi.

here is one tutorial:

http://locutus.kingwoodcable.com/jfd/vi.html

also

man vi
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:52 PM   #4
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dude??? i'm the noob'est noob!!!!!
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:53 PM   #5
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It depends which console-based text editor is installed on your system.

Try (and these are in *no*particular*order* - no flame war, please!):

man nano
man pico
man emacs
man vim

Whichever one works, read the manual to learn the basic commands then fire it up like this:

nano /path/to/filename
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:53 PM   #6
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The same way as you edit files as non-root

I use vi editor. You just type:
vi myfile.sh
where myfile.sh is the file you want to edit.

Make sure you check man pages for vi to learn how to navigate while in the editor. Or find a tutorial on the internet on how to use it.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:56 PM   #7
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Talking

Wow.. so many replies within 3 minutes.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:58 PM   #8
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you might even have a tutorial for vi/vim already in your distro, try typing vimtutor at the command prompt, or type mc to see if you have the Midnight Commander file manager.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 07:04 PM   #9
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i tried thi vi thing.... didn't get it??

mc way worked like a charm... guess i got some reading to do!!??

thx guys
 
Old 09-30-2004, 07:33 PM   #10
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vi not for noobs

Do not start with vi. Look at which editors are listed in your GUI selections, try them out as normal user, then run them from the command line after using su to become root

su
[enter root password]
editor_name

I think you would find the editor kate very intuitive if you have it and you have a GUI running.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:17 PM   #11
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pico (nano on some machines) is very simple, my personal choice if i don't need the power of emacs
 
  


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