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[Q] Unable to Edit System Files Using any File Explorer

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By SwoRNLeaDejZ, Senior Member on 26th January 2014, 03:46 AM
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So this is a problem I've had basically since day one with my Nexus 7. No matter what file explorer I use, I can not edit anything in the root directories. Unable to save build.prop edits for example. I am assuming it is a permission thing but I have no idea exactly what I am doing wrong or how to fix it. Any help is appreciated.

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26th January 2014, 04:20 AM |#2  
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Are you rooted? If you are - check to see if you are in read only mode in your file manager(s)
26th January 2014, 04:46 AM |#3  
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Besides requiring root, apps like ES File Explorer need to have root access turned on. Root Explorer needs a directory mounted as R/W.

Best practice, anyway, is to copy a file (especially build.prop) to a regular directory under /sdcard, edit it there, rename the original, then copy back the modified file.
26th January 2014, 05:24 AM |#4  
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I managed to figure it out. Was using cm file explorer and root browser. Got root browser working by changing permissions on the system folder.

I always copy files into the internal storage before editing. Thanks for the replies.

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