[ubuntu-za] Superuser

Lee Sharp leesharp at hal-pc.org
Fri Mar 5 14:27:17 GMT 2010

Hannes Coetzee wrote:
> On 05/03/2010 10:58, Darrel wrote:
>> On Thu, 2010-03-04 at 10:14 -0600, Lee Sharp wrote:

>>> Now I am going to give you a way to cheat.  This is a good way to learn,
>>> and see stuff, but not the best way to do things.
>>> sudo nautilus --no-desktop
>>> That is the gui file browser as root.  You can see and change
>>> permissions easily that way.  Someone may tell you that you need to use
>>> gksu instead of sudo, and that is technically right, but don't worry
>>> about it now.

> Always use gksudo in Gnome and kdesude in KDE and sudo for any non 
> GUI/cli programs.

Can I predict the future or what? :)  Between sudo, sudo -i, sudo su, 
su, gksu, kdesude, and others, there are many confusing ways to "become 
root."    While you are correct, it is a bit advanced for a new user, 
and in the case of nautilus, moot.  Let the guy get up to speed a bit 
first. :)


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