View/edit Root user's files in GUI

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Tue Sep 5 16:40:29 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-09-05 at 17:14 +0100, P.S.Sameera Shaakunthala wrote:
> View root user's documents with File Browser
> Normally, the root user can not log in using Ubuntu's GUI and can not
> view files using the File Browser. They have to use the recovery mode.
> I find this annoying. So I do the following.
> * Start the Terminal.
> * Press F11 if the Terminal is in full screen mode.
> * Type 'sudo bash' and press enter.
> * Type 'nautilus' and press enter.
> * Wait about 3-5 seconds. File Browser will appear.
> * Now I see the root user's Home folder, files and the Desktop folder.

Or you could just type 'sudo nautilus'. Saves some typing!

> That's it. I get some of the administrative rights by doing this.

nautilus will be running as root, so you get everything!

> Sometimes I edit the grub boot loader by doing this because this
> procedure is easier than the recovery mode.

Which editor do you use when in recovery mode? In the terminal you could

	sudo vi /boot/grub/menu.lst

Substitute vi for your favourite editor.


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