Trying to edit the prior using nano /etc/network/interfaces/ in Debian and get the following error:

Error: /etc/network/interfaces/ is a directory!

I need to fix this?

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    Can you show what you get if you do ls -l /etc/network/interfaces ? – Anthon Nov 28 '13 at 8:32
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    have you try to edit the file without the temrinating / – Kiwy Nov 28 '13 at 9:08

You have to specify a file name for nano. That what you specified is a directory (ending in a slash /, gives that a away apart from the error message).

On my Ubuntu system that is actually a file (and nano gives no error if it is and you have the trailing /)


I know what you are up to, you can edit a directory using vi editor. But when you use nano you will get a error. So edit the directory using vi editor.

vi /etc/network/interfaces/
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    The notion that someone should use vi over nano to make the task easier to comprehend is certainly a novel approach... – jasonwryan Nov 28 '13 at 7:52
  • Hey you can move mountains using vi also it helps when working with visudo and cron-jobs. Thats why I prefer vi to nano.. – Ruban Savvy Nov 28 '13 at 9:08

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