I am trying to create a new file:


When upgrading from 14.04 to 16.04, but I'm getting the error:

No such file or directory
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    Have you tried to run nano/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/02proxy literally? Try it with a space after the command name: nano /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/02proxy. You’ll need root permissions for that. – Melebius Feb 1 '18 at 8:37

It seems like there is a typo in your question because there would normally be a blank space between nano and /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/... To create a new file named 02proxy in the /etc/apt/apt.conf.d directory (which normally already exists) open the terminal and type:

sudo touch /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/02proxy  

To open the 02proxy file for editing in nano text editor:

sudo nano /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/02proxy  

Nano text editor keyboard shortcuts
Use the keyboard combination Ctrl + O and after that press Enter to save the file to its current location.
Use the keyboard combination Ctrl + X to exit nano.


this behavior happen if the target directory doesn't exist. you have therefore to create the parent directory

mkdir my_dir

then use nano.

nano my_file

CTRL x=>y

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    Creating a directory won't help if you don't put a space between the command (nano) and the file it applies to (/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/02proxy). The OP basically issued nanomy_file instead of nano my_file. – PerlDuck Jul 29 '18 at 14:18

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