Archive for August, 2008

I have my emacs running as server and two small wrapper scripts ec and et which connect to it with emacsclient (either creating a new frame or opening a terminal frame).

Because I want to do all my system administration (editing files in /etc/) with emacs and don’t want to start another emacs instance as root, I use TRAMP to switch to superuser mode automagically if the opened file is read-only.

Here’s the code (UPDATED: Uses defadvice instead of hooking into find-file-hook, which had the bad effect of find-file-hook running twice.):

(defun th-rename-tramp-buffer ()
  (when (file-remote-p (buffer-file-name))
     (format "%s:%s"
             (file-remote-p (buffer-file-name) 'method)

(add-hook 'find-file-hook

(defadvice find-file (around th-find-file activate)
  "Open FILENAME using tramp's sudo method if it's read-only."
  (if (and (not (file-writable-p (ad-get-arg 0)))
           (y-or-n-p (concat "File "
                             (ad-get-arg 0)
                             " is read-only.  Open it as root? ")))
      (th-find-file-sudo (ad-get-arg 0))

(defun th-find-file-sudo (file)
  "Opens FILE with root privileges."
  (interactive "F")
  (set-buffer (find-file (concat "/sudo::" file))))

Now whenever I type ec /some/file/i/have/no/permissions/to/write (or emacsclient [-c|-t] /some/root/file, emacs asks me to re-open it using TRAMP’s sudo method.