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Old 04-03-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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Editing XF86Config file Read Only!


I am using Vim editor and want to modify the XF86Config file, the only problem is it has the attriubutes set at Read Only.

How can I change the attribute to permit me to edit it and save the changes.

I guess thas is staring me in the face but I am failing, any help would be appreciated

Old 04-03-2005, 02:02 PM   #2
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You have to be root to edit this file. Type "su" and give in your root password. Then you should be able to edit the configuration file.
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You have to be root to do this.
At the prompt enter the command su. Then type in the root password. You will then be able to edit the file. As a general rule, editing anything outside your /home/username directory requires you to be root.

As a self-confessed newbie, are you sure you want to do this with vim? It's not the easiest of editors.
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When you save it, add an exclamation mark after the w. i.e.:


to force writing. As the others said, you need to be root.
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Thanks to all who responded.

The answer was to use 'su' and login as route.

Your replies was appreciated.

Best Regards



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