Welcome to linux, and congratulations!
It seems to me that the E212 error might be caused
by an issue that's very, very typical for newbies:
Linux files can be configured to permit certain
users to read, write or execute them.
You should be able to see who's allowed to write
to this file by doing something like
$ ls -l /directory/subdirectory/filename
and then changing the permissions with a command
$ chmod 777 /directory/subdirectory/filename
Here's the big but.
But, if you haven't done so already, I suggest
studying linux permissions first.
A short and sweet introduction is at
You'll need to know it.
On 12/01/08 18:47, Conor Mac Aoidh wrote:
>> This is my first time sending an ilug email. I am pretty much a complete
> newbe to linux. I just had a question as to using the VIM command. I am
> trying to use this to create a new file in a new directory. It keeps
> returning the error "E212: Can't open file for writing" and after googleing
> the error it turns out that I do not have enough privilages to do what I
> want to do. I am logged in as root. Does anyone know how I can get the
> privileges that I need? Or can anyone recommend another method of achieving
> what I want do do - as i'm not sure if VIM should even be used for this
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