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dizz63
post Dec 4 2004, 10:46 AM
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Hey,

I am new to Linux. I have a Redhat manual with the installationi cds and I have gotten an old P III up and running at the desk top. But I am having trouble setting up the servers as i can not seem to be able to open a page editor that will allow me to change the configuration documents. The manual i am using does not address this issue.

Please help

Dizz
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michaelk
post Dec 4 2004, 10:53 AM
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You need to be logged in as root (The linux system administrator) to edit files in the /etc directory.
The smart way to log in as root is to open a console window and type in the command:
su -
<enter root passward at the prompt>
Then open up a text editor like:
kwrite filetoedit.

If your already logged in as root just clicking on the file name in the file browser will not open the file for writing. Right click and select a text editor.
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post Dec 4 2004, 01:20 PM
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hey,

Thanks for the response. your instructions did not work. when i typed "kwrite filetoedit" on the root comand line the reponse i got was
-bash: kwrite: command not found

sorry for the trouble
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post Dec 4 2004, 02:20 PM
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You can use any editor. My bad cause I use KDE. What desktop are you running?
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post Dec 4 2004, 02:41 PM
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GNOME

I think
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post Dec 4 2004, 02:45 PM
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GNOME - is for sure
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dizz63
post Dec 4 2004, 02:54 PM
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i dont understand why gedit does not open when i type gedit at the command line. i am in the root user. i am missing a command?
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Peeyush Maurya
post Dec 4 2004, 05:20 PM
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for changing configuration you can also use
vi or vim
vi is widely used and can only be run at console or terminal but definetly its very good.

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Peeyush Maurya
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