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Old 12-12-2007, 10:56 AM   #1
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how to edit files owned by root?

I need to edit some system file but I can't save them after the modifications because "I'm not the owner" and the system tell me averytime that "I've not the correct permission to save the file".

I suppose to have to log myself as root user to be able to edit and save system files, but I don't know how to do it.

someone could help me? (I use ubuntu 7.10)
Old 12-12-2007, 11:01 AM   #2
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In Ubuntu, you can edit roots files using sudo e.g.
$sudo nano somefile
Substitute nano with your favourite text editor.
Old 12-12-2007, 01:22 PM   #3
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If I am using a Ubuntu system, I always enable the root account by entering "sudo passwd root". I still get annoyed when I do something that wants "root privileges" and it expects my regular user password.

Note to self: In free time, figure out how to totally reverse this flaw in Ubuntu. Mepis did it when they were Ubuntu-based, so how hard can it be??
<<end rant--returning soapbox to stowed postition.>>
Old 12-12-2007, 01:32 PM   #4
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many thanks to everybody!! thank you! I can continue to spend my free time in triyng to activate my bcm4310 wifi network adapt...


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