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I'm using Ubuntu 12.0.4 LTS, and I want to access root's home folder.

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I know this is answered ...but can you tell us more about what you're trying to accomplish in root's home folder (/root)? It might be possible for an answer to be posted that addresses your needs specifically. Also, sometimes people confuse /root (root's home folder) with / (the root directory), which are "root" in an entirely different sense. – Eliah Kagan Jul 3 '13 at 18:29
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You must be root to access Root's home folder.

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Thank you! But problem is solved. – Chinmay Joshi Jul 3 '13 at 15:29
@Chinmay, you must then click the check mark by the answer that helped you the most. – Devyn Collier Johnson Jul 3 '13 at 15:31
I have done that! – Chinmay Joshi Jul 3 '13 at 15:31

Did you try:

sudo -i nautilus


Run it in the terminal or after pressing Alt+F2

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No gksudo on Ubuntu 13.04 and up. Use pkexec instead but note that this doesn't work well for X applications like nautilus. – amc Jul 3 '13 at 15:07
I am using 12.04 and the above command works for me. You will notice the root folder icon has change to a folder with a house on it. – BiggJJ Jul 3 '13 at 15:24
It worked out. Thank you people! – Chinmay Joshi Jul 3 '13 at 15:29
I tried "gksudo" command instead sudo. It worked. – Chinmay Joshi Jul 3 '13 at 15:30

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