I am using wgrep but somehow for those read-only files (under version control), it always reports not to apply changes. Even the var of wgrep-change-readonly-file is set to t. Any idea how to fix it?


The Github README says that the variable actually means read-only buffers, not read-only files:

To apply all changes wheather or not buffer is read-only.

(setq wgrep-change-readonly-file t)

You cannot modify read-only files by definition. You must adjust the files' attributes in order to do so. This varies depending on your operating system and file system.

  • I tried to open them in advanced, but it still does not work and can not change the read-only property of these buffers. Are these steps correct?
    – macs
    Dec 3 '15 at 4:43
  • @macs I just tried it out, and it works fine.
    – nanny
    Dec 3 '15 at 14:09

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