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I replaced nautilus with nemo in Ubuntu 13.04 from these excellent instructions:

How to completely remove Unity, and replace it with Cinnamon?

However, I can't "open folder as root" from Nemo. Know what I can check? Everything else seems to work great.

Got closer, I installed gksu, and it prompted me for the password, however it wouldn't accept it and could not open. Seems like I'm missing something in my nemo install. Maybe I'll try reinstalling. ( did that, no change )

nemo seems to be using gksu, not gksudo ... I can simulate it from the command line. Not sure how to tell it to use gksudo instead for "open as root". Pretty sure that's the problem, as I can tell by the password dialog that gksu is being run instead of gksudo.

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whats is the difference it makes to start from terminal with sudo? Afterall you run it as a root very seldom! –  Stefano Mtangoo May 14 '13 at 19:38
ha, nothing much. just lazy i suppose! ( more steps ...although generally i do have a terminal open ) –  user158673 May 15 '13 at 16:25
If that is the case I have put an answer for you! –  Stefano Mtangoo May 15 '13 at 16:32

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gksudo nemo

Enter password Done!

If you are too lazy leave terminal open and just use Up/Down buttons to select command and Enter to shoot it!

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NO NO NO NO NO, Don't run graphical applications using sudo, you can fubar up permissions. gksudo or gksu must be used. –  handuel May 15 '13 at 16:38
I have been using that for years without any effect. That is why I suggested. Well that does not mean it is good practice either! I agree and edited! –  Stefano Mtangoo May 15 '13 at 16:41
I to used to use it a lot, then one day it just broke my entire account and I had no idea why. Never used it again :) –  handuel May 15 '13 at 17:45
I'll stop before my system is broken lol! –  Stefano Mtangoo May 15 '13 at 17:47

This is due to the fact that gksu doesn't work as expected in the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 13.04.

This answer shows how to fix it

After installing gksu with sudo apt-get install gksu, type in terminal gksu-properties and set authentication mode to sudo. That will make "open as root" work in nemo.

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