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Alex Forseth
Alex Forseth
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When I try to save the readme file in my mac osx terminal the permission is denied. What Gives?

When I try to edit the readme file and save it I am unable because I do not have "permission " I get the following:

[Error writing README: Permission denied ]

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


1 Answer

… run the command from your home directory (~/), then you should never have permission issues … also you could execute the command using ‘sudo’ … the sudo command executes the commands which follow it with 'superuser' or 'root' privileges … but I’d prefer the first way, since you are not accessing core components and sudo should always be used as the last resort … If you are still having problems you can check the permissions on the file by running ls -l while in the same directory as the readme file … there you will see the permissions … If you want to add execute rights to this file (if needed) ... execute chmod 755 readme.txt and that permissions portion would become executable …