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Old 08-19-2004, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question how to edit a file without logging in as root?

How do I edit a protected file without logging in as root?
Old 08-19-2004, 05:27 PM   #2
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From my knowledge, you can't. That's why you need to; any joker could come along and mess up something important.

But if you're talking about logging in graphically, there's a shortcut:

Open a terminal.
Type su.
Type the root password.
Then type gedit (or text editting app) /path/to/file/to/edit/

Sorry if you already know this, but it's the best way I know. Hope it helps, any more questions, ask.
Old 08-19-2004, 05:37 PM   #3
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someone told me how to do that once and i forgot

your solution is the one i was looking for

thank you
Old 08-21-2004, 11:16 PM   #4
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Another option is using -c with su, man su. -c passes a single command to the shell as "that" user.

So you can;
su -c "pico /etc/fstab"
Which will run pico as root, just for that one command. Very usefull for doing those one off root things



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