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Old 05-14-2007, 03:44 AM   #1
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Write permission on disk devices?

The Ubuntu Live CD has limited value as long as I cannot obtain write permission to files on the hard disk. E.g. I might wish to edit a config file on a Linux partition which is not accessible through a system. When I open the file manager in Ubuntu, all permissions are set to Read-Only. Is there a way to change this?
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Open a console window, and type 'sudo nautilus' and while it may toss out an error, it will open up Nautilus (the file manager) with root permissions. You can now use it to edit whatever you like.
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Thanks, it has helped!
Old 05-15-2007, 04:58 PM   #4
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I've been having problems on accessing other media on my computer while running Feisty. Better admit that I'm a total Linux newbie and I still haven't got my head round the whole root/permissions/session thing.

When I run Feisty from LiveCD no problem. I can access what ever I want on my PC, including my Windows desktop, folders and everything. Now, I'm a big fan of putting OSs on USB stick and using Ubuntu on whatever machine is available, but when I'm on USB I can't access anything on the host machine or even write documents back to the stick.

Could someone either advise me on this or even point me in the direction of a tutorial that explains how I can get access to the host HDs and save to the stick.

BTW, I've a casper rw partition on the USB stick (2MB Buffalo) and can't save even to that.

Cheers in advance,



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