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On a Solaris 10 server I am trying to edit the hosts file but it's preventing me from doing so saying it's read only. I am logged in as the root user.

When I ls -l on the /etc directory I see the following;

lrwxrwxrwx  1 root  root  12 Apr 25  2008 hosts -> ./inet/hosts

I've read that the l at the beginning of the permissions means that this file is linked to another - presumably the /inet/hosts. However I can't see any files in this location.

Any idea how I can edit the hosts file, and how it ever got the lrwxrwxrwx permissions in the first place?

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try editing /etc/inet/hosts.

in ls -l results there is a leading dot

hosts -> ./inet/hosts

which mean you start from /etc

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