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Run Ubuntu Nautilus (File Browser) as Super User

If you need to move files in Ubuntu, the GUI based Nautilus is a big help. However, if you need to move files across user permissions, you need to run Nautilus as super user. I just figured out one way to do it:
Open a Terminal window.
Type “GKsudo” in the Terminal Window
On the resulted window, type “nautilus”
Supply your super user password.
Now you should see “root – File Browser” at the top. Now you can move file across permission line!

If you need to move files in Ubuntu, the GUI based Nautilus is a big help. However, if you need to move files across user permissions, you need to run Nautilus as super user. I just figured out one way to do it:

  1. Open a Terminal window.
  2. Type “GKsudo” in the Terminal Window
  3. On the resulted window, type “nautilus”
  4. Supply your super user password.
Type nautilus into the Run box

Type nautilus into the Run box

Now you should see “root – File Browser” at the top. With file browser in root mode, you can move file across permission line!

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