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unable to write into hosts vie ssh - pls help!

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  1. c_figer

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    not sure what i need to do when hosts file doesnt get written in ??

    im using this command:

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    nano /etc/hosts
    
    then the content of the file should appear - right?

    well - i get blank zilch nada!!

    then i simply paste the content that is supposed to be in that file and hit ctrl+X then Y and then Enter - well it says that the file was saved then i repeat the above command to see the file again and comes back blank again -

    is there any way to make that file writable - or maybe upload the file manually via root ftp??

    actually i already tried and the filezilla says:

    Error: error while writing: failure
    Error: File transfer failed

    and erases the file on server with the blank file - so its not actually rejecting the manual upload but it overwrites with the blank file of the same name - gush!

    alright then... what should i do to put the file on the server's root ftp so it preserves the content - or what should be typed into ssh command to finally save the revision of the etc/hosts file?

    please accept my appology in advance if this is something you have never heard but i am in fact going thru this ordeal as we speak here: any access via http is down - i can only access my server via sftp or root-ssh -
     
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    trying to write the content of /etc/hosts file into /etc/hosts file via ssh-root this:

     
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    Not sure why you'd be adding that. Are you logged in as root?
     
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    yes as always - fyi: im the root admin so i always login as root -
     
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    looking good! but once it is installed, is this only accessible from WHM panel? im asking because as i explained above that i dont have any http access to my server nor accounts nothing because the hosts file is empty - however i have full access to the root-server via ssh-root and sftp client -

    so any help on fixing the hosts file would be appreciated - please help as im running out of options here -
     
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    What are the results of a lsattr /etc/hosts ?
     
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    ------------- /etc/hosts

    ADDED: i just ran the same command on several other random files in the same directory and they all have dashes for attributes - however by looking at the same files via filezilla, i can see them all have 644 chmod -
     
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    anyone has anything to pitch in? i cant think of anything else to trigger the etc/hosts file start saving the changes made via ssh -


    some ideas will help too! i just cant sit here with paid non-working dedi and the local forumer who gave me the ssh-commands initially cant even step in and see whats wrong now - i hope he isnt on the permanent vacation....
     
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    Hello :)

    Are you able to see the contents of the file when using the "cat" command? EX:

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    # cat /etc/hosts
    If so, have you tried using another text editor such as "vi"?

    Thank you.
     
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