27.7 Read-Only Buffers
Read-only buffers are used in two kinds of situations:
- A buffer visiting a write-protected file is normally read-only.
Here, the purpose is to inform the user that editing the buffer with the aim of saving it in the file may be futile or undesirable. The user who wants to change the buffer text despite this can do so after clearing the read-only flag with C-x C-q.