/etc safe to edit?

software development

#1

I’m not new to web server stuff, but not insanely experienced. I’m trying to install a script that wants me to add an alias to the /etc/aliases file.

I can ssh into it, and ‘pico aliases’ works fine. however, is this safe to do…mainly is the /etc directory just for my site (is there a separate one on every user’s account directory)?

Although I haven’t tried saving my changes yet, since I can ssh into the file, I assume it’s safe for me to mess with - and that it is only my account that will be effected…is this right? Thanks.


#2

I’d bet 50 cents you can’t save changes to /etc/aliases. Most likely it’s owned by root, and you only have read permission. So you can “play” with it all you want, but not save changes.


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#3

Ah ok - so much for my trigger finger :slight_smile:
I take it then that there’s no way around this by some way overriding it with a local version or something like that…is there?
Thanks for the info


#4

It all depends on the script.


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