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Re: Editing a file as root


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Editing a file as root
Date: 14 Dec 2003 22:25:41 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

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.

-- 
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum


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