Nautilus Error

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at
Mon Apr 20 14:06:32 UTC 2009

On Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 3:11 AM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:
> MG wrote:
>> All I did was start up nautilus, typing 'sudo nautilus'
> OK so far, but what exactly is the problem? Does it not work or are you
> just concerned about the messages? If you use a terminal to start a
> graphical program there are often a lot of messages which can simply be
> ignored. However if something didn't work it could be because you used
> sudo to start a graphical program. Usually graphical programs are
> started with gksudo (or kdesudo if you use KDE) instead. So the command
> should be "gksudo nautilus".

This may be outdated thinking, but people used to specifically warn
against running Nautilus as root. I don't know if it was for security
concerns or "shoot yourself in foot" concerns, but there aren't many
GOOD reasons to run Nautilus as root.

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