# SUDO permissions, file copy/chmod question?

## So, I'm logged in as sudo, and seeing this... why?

$cd /var/www/drupal-6.19/sites/default$ ls
default.settings.php
$sudo -v [sudo] password for sudo_username:$ cp default.settings.php settings.php
cp: cannot create regular file settings.php': Permission denied
\$ chmod 666 default.settings.php
chmod: changing permissions of default.settings.php': Operation not permitted


CONTEXT: Drupal install that requires I copy a file (default.settings.php) and rename it as (settings.php) and then change the file permissions to (666).

Believe the question is clear, but if you have any questions, just ask! - Thanks!!

UPDATE: Wow, thanks for all the quick replies, they're all correct. Selected the answer based on response time as a result. Again, thanks!!

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You're not sudoing, you're just extending your sudo password timeout for 5 minutes. Precede the last two commands with "sudo" and it should work. If not, check the files/directories aren't immutable (lsattr file) and check getenforce.

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@James Lawrie: Thanks, your answer is correct, and you beat everyone else by 1-min... So, I'm selecting you as the answer and gave you a +1 up vote too - again, thanks!! –  blunders Oct 13 '10 at 20:47

Try...

sudo su


To change to root then run the commands. I'm not sure what distro you're using but -v won't change you to root I don't think.

http://www.sudo.ws/sudo/sudo.man.html

Alternatively you can run the commands with sudo before them....

sudo cp default.settings.php settings.php
sudo chmod 666 settings.php

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@chunkyb2002: Thanks, your answer is correct, but 1-min behind James Lawrie, and I need to select an answer; so I'm awarding the answer based on time. Gave you a +1 up vote though - again, thanks!! –  blunders Oct 13 '10 at 20:45

How are you logged in as sudo? Is this your username ? Seriously:

sudo cp default.settings.php settings.php

sudo chmod 666 default.settings.php


or use:

sudo -i

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@Casual_Coder: Thanks, your answer is correct, but 1-min behind James Lawrie, and I need to select an answer; so I'm awarding the answer based on time. Gave you a +1 up vote though - again, thanks!! –  blunders Oct 13 '10 at 20:45