OK then why does it work most of the time and fail only occasioanally?

On Sunday, 8 April 2018 03:52:03 UTC+10, vince wrote:
> On Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:48:18 PM UTC-7, Kimberly Olsen wrote:
>> I've been attempting to get ftp working this morning and suddenly when 
>> attempting to edit weewx.conf, I get the message below
>> This is when I am ssh-ing in from my Mac.
>> When I attempt to edit the file directly on the pi, I cannot save it
>> Any ideas ?
>> Error reading lock file /etc/weewx/.weewx.conf.swp: Not enough data read 
> You're running into the classic problem almost all new pi users run into. 
>  The account you're using is almost certainly 'pi' which is a 
> non-privlieged account.  You are trying to edit a file in a location that 
> only root has privileges for.   Run "sudo vi /etc/weewx/weewx.conf" so that 
> your vi session is running as root.
> Same for your other post about trying to save a skin.  You're trying to 
> save the skin to a root-owned directory, using a non-privileged account.   
> Again, preface your commands there with 'sudo'.

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