Adding or editing an entry in /etc/hosts
wstephens10 at cox.net
Sat Jan 6 17:38:42 UTC 2007
On Sat, 2007-01-06 at 07:54 -0800, Danny Colligan wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-01-06 at 09:37 -0500, Brian Lunergan wrote:
> > Rebel Lion wrote:
> > > See what ifconfig tells you, you shouldn't need sudo for
> that, you are going
> > > to have hassles trying to edit the hosts file though
> because you need to be
> > > sudo to do it. You are probably going to have to login in
> recovery mode to
> > > fix it.
> > >
> > That's the direction I went. Started up in recovery mode
> through grub, logged in
> > as root, and cd /etc to drop into the directory. That's
> where I'm stuck for the
> > moment. Using gedit in the gnome desktop is easy enough (if
> I weren't locked out
> > in read only for not being the owner in that environment)
> but I'm still too much
> > of a neophyte to know what command I use to open and edit
> the hosts file from
> > the command line as root.
> > Thoughts??
> sudo vim hosts
> vim is my preferred text editor, if your not familiar with vim
> vimtutor at command line.
> William S.
> Telling someone unfamiliar with terminal based-editors to use vim is
> almost certainly a Bad Idea (tm). Not to say that Vim isn't a great
> editor (my favorite, as well) but he'll probably end up butchering his
> file in the process. ("Hey, it's not typing anything when I push
> letters! And now it's beeping at me! Aha, here is something... wait,
> how come those letters were just erased?") Better to use something
> that isn't modal and doesn't have such a steep learning curve to be
> minimally functional such as emacs or nano to avoid creating another
> problem in addition to his current one.
> If you are learning a terminal-based text editor and are in it for the
> long haul, however, vim is an excellent option to consider.
I guess i could have said alt+F2>gksu gedit for gui solution
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