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Re: Editing a file as root


From: Micha Feigin
Subject: Re: Editing a file as root
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 02:12:10 +0200
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On Sun, Dec 14, 2003 at 10:25:41PM +0100, David Kastrup wrote:
> Dan Anderson <address@hidden> writes:
> 
> > address@hidden writes:
> > 
> > > To edit a file as root, do I have to start another emacs ?
> > 
> > Start emacs under  a root shell or after suing  (or sudoing emacs) and
> > you'll start emacs running with root permissions.
> 
> If you have tramp installed (like the CVS Emacs has by default), you
> can just edit the file
> /su::/etc/fstab
> (for example), Emacs will ask you for the root password, spawn a root
> shell and use a pipe to it to send files back and forth transparently.
> 
> tramp is available as a separate package, too, if you don't like
> using developer Emacsen.
> 

Actually reading the tramp documentation it would seem that the correct
way to do this is
/[su/localhost]/etc/fstab
Is it possible to make this shorter ? (dropping localhost results with
an error).
Using the way you said gives the following error:
Opening FTP connection to su...
ange-ftp-error: FTP Error: OPEN request failed: ftp: su: No address
associated with name
BTW, is there a way to do this using emacsclient?

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