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Edit host file in MAC OS 10.4

I'm trying to edit host file.
I've found it at etc folder, open in the text editor and did required changes. But when I click save it says "can't save host file st etc folder".

I think that it permissions problem but have no idea how to fix it.
Any suggestions?

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  • Pav Z Sep 07, 2008

    Worked !!! Thank you

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    It doesn't let you unlock the folder. It's driving me crazy.

  • journeyguy May 07, 2009

    Same issue here. Even when logged in as root, I can't save the hosts file.

  • Paul Burrows
    Paul Burrows May 11, 2010

    I'm sorry I am not familiar with Host file?

    You mention you are editing it in text editor so I assume you wish to say that file some where.

    Are you able to save other files from other applications?

    It sounds like a permissions problem.

    You need to be logged into your mac as admin. If you single click on the folder you wish to save into and press apple key and 'i' key it will bring up an info box about that folder.

    Look at the bottom of the window to to 'sharing and permissions'. Drop that down and see who has what rights for that folder. You should have read and write and admin should have read and write. To change click on the lock to the right and change the rights if they are wrong. Then click on the small 'cog' icon to apply to all and that should sort out the permissions issue.

    You can do the same on the 'host file'


  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Some of my files having been put into compressed folders have miraculously become read only. How do I reinstate then so that I can edit and save them?

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You probably don't want to edit the hosts file on OS X 10.whatever. Take a look at my suggestion over here for what to do instead.

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