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Hello,

I attempted to run lilo.conf. I got the error message "Permission denied." I was opperating as root and checking the permissions for lilo.conf showed rwx for the owner root. What is the problem and the fix?
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> run lilo.conf ..
what do you mean by that?
you can edit lilo.conf, and run lilo, but you cannot run lilo.conf (except you have a script or program of that name)
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ahoffmann,

Oops, yes, my error. I meant edit lilo.conf.
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when you edit (respectively "write") lilo.conf you need that permission. Only user root has write permission to lilo.conf, usually.
Have you tried as user root?
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ahoffmann,

Yes, I was logged in as root.
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please post result of:
  ls -l /etc/lilo.conf

Which editor did you use?
which command in the editor produced the error? Please post exact error message.
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ahoffmann,

I tried the editing of lilo.conf again using Vim and the file opened this time without any error. Therefore, it was some idiot mistake on my part. So the problem was myself. You assisted in my rethinking the problem. Thanks for your patience.
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glad to give at least a hint ti the right direction with asking stupid simple questions ;-)
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