To do this you must have super user privileges. Just being an Administrator isn’t enough. Fortunately, there’s a way to temporarily get super user privileges using the SUDO command. So I fired up Terminal and typed in:
Ruh-roh. It wouldn’t let me save the file. Crap. I’m not a Unix guy and VI makes my skin crawl and head hurt, but I was able to use sudo vi /etc/hosts and save the file.
So why couldn’t I get any of the GUI apps to save it?
Turns out, that you need to sudo the actual executable which is inside the TextEdit.app bundle. So the command I issued is this:
If you happen to own TextMate, then you can save yourself a lot of typing and heartache. TextMate installs a Terminal command called “mate” that allows you to perform the above sudo command. Just type:
BBEdit also has this capability:
TextWrangler as well:
Voila, again!! When you go to save your file, you will be prompted for your password.