bugGNU nano - Bugs: bug #26000, Enhancement request: prompt for...


bug #26000: Enhancement request: prompt for password when permission denied

Submitted by:  Richard Neill <richardneill>
Submitted on:  Wed 25 Mar 2009 11:22:27 PM UTC  
Severity: 1 - WishStatus: Wont Fix
Assigned to: NoneOpen/Closed: Closed

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Sat 17 May 2014 12:09:42 PM UTC, comment #2:

Well, it is not nano's business to handle permissions. But... it can do much, much better at warning the user about unwritableness of the file -- better than just putting up an almost unnoticeable message tagged onto the "lines read" one. See bug #42383.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
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Sun 23 Feb 2014 12:53:22 PM UTC, comment #1:

Hmm... I don't think that's a good idea -- one reason is that it assumes the user is allowed to do sudo. How about emitting a BELL when write permission is lacking (in addition to the warning in the status bar)? And meanwhile, it's easy enough to work your way around it: save the file as for example ./oops and after exiting nano sudo cp oops to destination.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project Administrator
Wed 25 Mar 2009 11:22:27 PM UTC, original submission:

If I had $1 for every time I manage to forget to "sudo" before trying to edit a file as root, and then get into trouble when I try to save the file, I'd be a wealth (and far less stressed) person).

When nano generates the message: "Error saving file, permission denied", could we possibly have the option to prompt to enter the relevant (usually root) password?


Richard Neill <richardneill>


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