help use gedit to edit server files

Colin Law clanlaw at
Wed Apr 21 19:43:59 UTC 2010

On 21 April 2010 18:23, Luis A. Paulo <luis.barbas at> wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Apr 2010 17:48:30 +0100, Colin Law wrote:
>> 2010/4/21 if-ifone <hellocyf at>:
>>> In windows ,I use winscp edit ubuntu server file.with command sudo
>>> /../sftp-server to connect,and can edit server file. I want change my
>>> work station to ubuntu.use place->connect to server,set as ssh login.It
>>> can explore files.seems as local files.but cannt edit root files,lose
>>> powfull tools and this prevent
>>>  me switch php code to linux .
>>> I see some artitle advice install  X in server,this is not good ways,I
>>> will not install x on server.
>>> May be "connect to server" can add sudo command like we can
>>> use gedit to edit Server files.
>> In a terminal you can use
>> ssh server_ip_or_name
>> which will log you into the server, then use gksu gedit file_to_edit
>> No doubt there are other ways also.
>> Colin
> Sorry, Colin
> That will not work. I think because there's no gedit on the
> server_ip_or_name side (no X).

Yes, you are right of course.

> I also have a mchine/server with no X.
> I log with ssh and use nano to edit most files
> To use graphical editors you have (?) to use them on your "work station",
> synchronizing the files back to the server
> Synchronizing here being a loose term. There are several ways you can do
> that, already discussed on this mailing list:
> nfs, sshfs, ftp, rsync, cvs, ...
> And the easiest of them all, probably
> Use nautilus, Places -> Connect to Server..., select SSH, enter ip and
> user, click connect.
> And you will be graphical browsing your server and editing files with
> whatever tools you have on your workstation

I think that is what the OP is doing, but the problem is that he
cannot edit files that require sudo to edit them.


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