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Old 06-15-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
Caljoones
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Vi is refusing to save!


Hello everyone!
I have recently installed a command line only version of Ubuntu on a desktop, for the purpose of setting up a Minecraft server. Anyway. I've been trying to edit the interfaces file,for the purpose of giving myself a static IP, using the Vi editor. But, any time I try to save I get this message. "E212: Can't open file for writing." Any help??
 
Old 06-15-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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You probably dont have permission to write the changes. You will have to launch vi using sudo,

Code:
sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces
and this should give you the elevated (root) permission to alter that file.
 
Old 06-15-2012, 11:11 PM   #3
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You probably dont have permission to write the changes. You will have to launch vi using sudo,

Code:
sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces
and this should give you the elevated (root) permission to alter that file.
Oh sorry, left that out, thats what I used.
 
Old 06-15-2012, 11:21 PM   #4
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Have you tried this to save it,

Code:
:w !sudo tee % > /dev/null
 
Old 06-16-2012, 01:28 AM   #5
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can you show ls -l of file
 
Old 06-16-2012, 04:15 PM   #6
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Never Mind, I found it out xD
 
Old 06-16-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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vi has two modes the insert and esc mode to save a file you should be in the esc mode the type.
Quote:
:w filename
like folks have said you should have rwx rights.
 
Old 06-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #8
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Never Mind, I found it out xD
Well done - please mark the thread as 'SOLVED' and, if applicable, post the solution so people can benefit from your answer. Thanks!
 
Old 06-16-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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Lol at nixblog haha. By the way what did you do if it was not a permissions problem?
 
  


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