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Can I launch the folder browser as root so I can copy files to restricted locations?

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To do exactly as you want, gksudo nautilus will work.

This prompts a follow-up question - what are you trying to do?

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Copy an msi file from a USB drive to /usr/share/wine. But aside from that, I often find myself needing to go to the command line for things I just feel like doing with a GUI. Especially, simple things like this. –  George Bailey May 16 '11 at 16:33
@George Bailey: that's cuz Linux strictly devides things into admin and user things ;) –  Rinzwind May 16 '11 at 17:31
@George Bailey: Just take extra care what you do when running Nautilus as root. You will then also have the power to seriously damage your system. –  Takkat May 16 '11 at 17:55
@Takkat: Acknowledged. Thanks! –  George Bailey May 16 '11 at 18:44

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