Im currently doing my CIW certification and have installed Mandriva Free to help me learn. At the moment im learning about user accounts. I know that there is no longer any need to edit files manualy to add a user, but i want to at least see the contents of the etc/passwd file for myself.
The problem is that it is locked and for some reason when i initialy try to log in to my system as root, im told that it is not possible to log on as root. Once im in KDE then i can use a terminal to log in as root (with su root), but when i close the terminal and go back to the hard drive to view its files, the etc folder is still locked.
Please note that i know the dangers of messing with the system configuration files and i dont actualy plan to change anything. All i realy want to know it how to open these locked files in a word processor (Whats the Linux equivelent of notepad???).
Thanx in advance.