Question

When trying to edit a conf file in etc, it says permission denied.

Posted March 8, 2021 136 views
Ubuntu 18.04

Im in root so I dont know why I dont have perms.

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Hey @Filice

The information provided here is insufficient to find the root cause of the issue. Firstly, I would request you to check the permission and ownership of the file which you are trying to edit by listing it:

ls -la

Once you confirm that the user has the write permission to the file then you can edit the file using editors such as vim or nano.

sudo vi filename

Best,
Dikshith

Hi @Filice,

It’s possible that your file has the immutable attribute and you might need to remove it in order to edit it.

Anyway, let’s take it one step at a time.

First, go to that file and see it’s permissions and ownerships:

ls -lah NameOfFile

If everything is okay there, type in the following command

lsattr NameOfFile

It will show you the attributes assigned to this file, if you see i there that means the file is made immutable. To remove this attribute type in

chattr -i NameOfFile

Regards,
KFSys