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Old 10-09-2007, 07:23 PM   #1
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permission denied for grub


I'm brand new to Linux and totally lost! Brand new to anything but Windows is more accurate. I have Debian and FreeDos installed on an old Gateway celeron. Everything is working fine, but the grub is set at 5 seconds and it is not enough time. I have tried to access grub with "/boot/grub/menu.lst" but it tells me permission denied. I'm logged in as root, how do I get permission? Another silly question, where can I get a tutorial on working in Linux?
 
Old 10-09-2007, 07:38 PM   #2
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I am pretty sure you have just logged in as ordinary user to the GUI and may have invoke root privilege at the Debian terminal.

Therefore you can only edit /boot/grub/menu.lst in the terminal and not in the desktop.

You don't have permission to click the same file in the desktop for editing. Having said that you can use the graphic editor in terminal mode by command
Code:
gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
It does the same thing.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 07:46 PM   #3
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type
su
then
gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
 
Old 10-09-2007, 07:50 PM   #4
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The OP has claimed he/she was in root! so "su" doesn't help. I base my prediction that Debian disallows root log in to the desktop as no Linux denies a root user to edit any system file.
 
Old 10-09-2007, 08:04 PM   #5
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Don't forget you need to specify an editor to view the file, for example the gedit editor:
gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst.
If you use KDE, you would use something like kate, kedit, ...
 
Old 10-09-2007, 08:27 PM   #6
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AceofSpades19,

The OP has claimed he/she was in root! so "su" doesn't help. I base my prediction that Debian disallows root log in to the desktop as no Linux denies a root user to edit any system file.
woops didn't read that, I could log in as root to gnome in debian etch so I don't see how that could be problem
 
  


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