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I'd like to know if there a way to be granted root rights while using Nautilus 2.30 ?

For example I'd like to move some old folders of long unused users from the home directory - remains of previous distros (Debian).

Of course I can open a terminal, but I want to know if it is possible to do that with a mouse in Nautilus.

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UBUNTU <= 10.10 , 10.04

nautilus-gksu Install nautilus-gksu

Is an extension that grants root privileges using gksu nautilus.

It enables an option when you right-click on a file (also directories and other...) in nautilus: "Open as administrator". After installing it restart Nautilus (killall nautilus) and it will have the new feature.

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Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10,

install nautilus-gksu and copy and paste file from /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-2.0/ to /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/

Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10:

nautilus-gksu package has been dropped in Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 since “gksu” 2.0.2-6ubuntu1 release, so you can not install it easily. Here I’m going to use nautilus script to add Open As Administrator functionality.

First download the file:

Click to Download

Then, run gksudo nautilus in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to open file browser with root privilege, copy and paste this file to /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/. Or do it with this command:

sudo cp ~/Downloads/ /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-3.0/

Log out and back in, or run this command to take effect:

nautilus -q

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I install it right now ;-) – Stephane Rolland Feb 23 '11 at 18:51
Guarantees root access without asking for password? – Oxwivi Feb 23 '11 at 18:55
No it does ask the root password. Exactly what I wanted. :-). Thx. – Stephane Rolland Feb 23 '11 at 18:58
This should really be included by default. – trampster Feb 23 '11 at 22:37
This no longer exists – endolith Nov 15 '12 at 20:23

If all you need is mouse, I'd try opening a terminal and then:

$gksudo nautilus

I don't see the need to install anything

edit: this was covered here

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I think the difference is really clear. That's the same reason for installing sudo not using su. Having su rights only for a small and delimited time is less dangerous than having them during a whole session. – Stephane Rolland Jan 22 '13 at 18:25

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