On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 7:59 AM, doug <dougrb@o2.co.uk> wrote:

I've been exporting sections of my database as grampsXML
files, intending to edit them before re-importing.
However the XML files (whether unzipped or opened directly
in kate) are not editable - I can open and search in them
but make no changes, although they should be writable
according to the file permissions. (All the selections apart
from one very small one appear to be non-editable).
I'm running gramps 3.4.2-1 in linux (LMDE update6).

Is this other people's experience or just mine?

Can you copy or rename the XML files?  Can you modify the copies?