permission denied when I perform a /etc/fstab in freebsd 7

I am using freebsd 7 and when I type in as root /etc/fstab I get permission denied message? what am I doing wrong and how can I fix it?

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moman61Asked:
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TeRReFCommented:
Do you want to edit the file? It's not an executable but a text/ configuration file.

What editor(s) have you installed?

Try this at the command line:

vi /etc/fstab
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gheistCommented:
You are trying to execute non-executable file. Thus permission denied.

To fix what? What are you trying to accpmplish???

I suggest
$ file /etc/fstab
$ cat /etc/fstab
$ file /bin/sh
$ /bin/sh
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moman61Author Commented:
thanks for going the extra mile.
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TeRReFCommented:
Funny how an answer that's more or less repeating my comment gets the points.
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gheistCommented:
I agree with you. Just added something interesting to use... Ask for 50:50

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