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Nagios / Ubuntu Server - Newbie issues

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I've been looking for a good system monitoring platform and it seems that Nagios is the way to go. Unfortunately for me it only runs on Linux and I'm not too familiar.

I've managed to install Ubuntu Server and get a desktop environment working. I've found a quick setup guide for Nagios on Ubuntu and got a fair bit done. I've run into an issue though and I'm hoping someone here may be able to help me get this up and running.

I'm using the process outlined on this web page:
http://nagios.sourceforge.net/docs/3_0/quickstart-ubuntu.html

I'm down as far as section 4 which is editing a config file. It seems I don't have permission to edit the file. My limited knowledge doesn't extend to knowing how to get the permission or how to work around this.

Can anyone help?
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There are several good web editors for Nagios.  
Here is a link to a large list of them.  http://www.ubuntugeek.com/nagios-configuration-tools-web-frontends-or-gui.html

I personaly use Lilac.  Takes a little bit to get installed and configured, but once it is running, configurations for Nagios are easy.
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Thanks - Since you're familiar with Lilac, I'd like to go that route.
I've downloaded it and I have lilac-1.0.3.tar.gz in my downloads in Firefox. How do I install this? (I'm from a Windows background and this Linux way of doing things seems very strange!)
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in ubuntu ro edit the file.. you need to identify as su.. super user by exec sudo command..

from your windows.. connect to your linux box via winscp.. using the shell login access..
you can simple edit the file over there..





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I've managed to edit the file by logging out and logging back in as the nagios user. This seems to have done the trick. Thanks.
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