Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Fri Feb 26 15:09:47 UTC 2010

Dave Howorth wrote:
> Jan wrote:
>> Jim Byrnes wrote:
>>> 1) I found to edit a file in /var/www with jedit I must do gksudo jedit
>>> and supply my password.
>>> 2) The jedit session that opens does not have the same customizations
>>> (for example downloaded plugins) that would show up if I opened jedit
>>> from the Applications menu to work on a file in my Home folder.
>>> 1) Is there a way to open jedit from the applications menu and have it
>>> ask for my password so that I could edit any file?
>>> 2)  Do I need to have 2 sets of settings for jedit?
>>> If this is strictly a jedit issue, I apologize. I just don't know if
>>> this is the normal behavior for using a app to modify files outside of
>>> the home folder.
>>> Regards,  Jim
>> If I got you right, the "chown" command is the solution:
> In general that is the wrong solution. Files very often have specific
> ownership and permissions in order to make the system work properly and
> be secure. So changing the ownership of arbitrary files is a Bad Idea.
> Don't do it unless you know exactly what the file is and why you're
> changing its ownership.

I'm still getting used to file permissions so I'll keep this in mind. In 
this case I had installed LAMP on my desktop and all the files will be 
put there by myself.

> I don't use jedit so I can't answer your questions, Jim. It would be
> technically possible for jedit to do what you want or for a plugin to
> implement it, but it's not a common feature of programs so it may well
> be that it doesn't work that way. If you don't get an answer here, you
> could ask on
> Having two sets of settings is definitely a solution to the problem.

That would have been my next stop.  Might ask there anyway to see if 
that is normal behavior.

> Cheers, Dave

Thanks,  Jim

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