I have XAMPP installed, and need to edit my httpd.conf file to add a virtual host block. If I right-click on the file in Nautilus and open with gedit, I can see all the content, but it's read-only.

If I try to open it via terminal, like this:

esther@estherLinuxSony:~$ sudo gedit opt/lampp/etc/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

It opens the root version of gedit, but there's no content in the file.

How can I edit this file?


You are missing the slash before 'opt', the following should work:

gksudo gedit /opt/lampp/etc/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
  • Thank you! Could you clarify what the difference is between sudo and gksudo? It seems to work either way.
    – EmmyS
    Jan 11 '11 at 18:59
  • 2
    gksudo will open a graphical dialog to prompt you for your password, while sudo will do it in the terminal. Jan 11 '11 at 19:16
  • 1
    See psychocats.net/ubuntu/graphicalsudo
    – Lekensteyn
    Jan 11 '11 at 21:01

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