[kwlug-disc] How does a Newbie use the Ubuntu GUI to copy files into dirs owned by Root?

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 17:30:52 EDT 2011

On 11-07-06 04:42 PM, unsolicited wrote:
> John Johnson wrote, On 07/06/2011 3:17 PM:
>> I found that cannot use the GUI to move or copy files into 
>> directories owned by root, such as /var/www/[website-name-here].
>> Understandably, I get permissions errors logged in as a typical login 
>> user. And I found that logging in as "root" is a non-starter.
> In kubuntu, so translate for gnome, either:
> - Alt-F2 (gui command line) kdesu konqueror (kfm-client? Essentially a 
> konqueror call using the file management profile)

Translating to Gnome:

* Alt-F2 (this'll work if you're using Gnome 2 or Unity, probably Gnome 
3, but i haven't tried) as above
* Type 'gksu nautilus' to get a file window open as root (after you 
enter your password, of course).
* Navigate to your root-owned destination directory.
* Then you can copy the file from any other nautilus window to the root one.


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