More specifically the
folder. I need to delete some files and replace
with a newer version.
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To open the folder as root in the grapical file manager, run the following command:
gksu nautilus /etc/apt/
If you wish to do your operations from the command line, the following command enters the intended directory and makes you root. However, you would be better off using the first method above.
cd /etc/apt; sudo -i
To install Open-as-Administrator in Ubuntu open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install open-as-administrator
After installation type this command to restart Nautilus:
sudo apt-get install -y nautilus-admin
Ubuntu 16.04 and above
sudo apt-get install nautilus-admin
Open Nautilus and you'll see an option Open as Administrator option in the context menu of every directory.
Nah ! do a simple thing first. Create a custom file manager. Its easy.
Here how you can do it:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Nautilus Comment=Browse the filesystem with administrator rights Exec=gksudo nautilus Icon=file-manager Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Application;System;
Now save the file as Nautilus.desktop on your desktop.
(desktop is the file extension).
/home/your user name/.local/share/applications
and cut/paste Nautilus.desktop file into there.
Now open dash and search for "Nautilus". It will open up the default file manager with root permission. Now you can navigate to any directory and delete anything you want.
gksudo nautilus --or -- gksu nautilus
or any other file explorer of your choice.
See Also What is the difference between “gksudo nautilus” and “sudo nautilus”?
In a Terminal you can use:
sudo -e /etc/apt/sources.list
Note: If you prefer to use Graphical Software you should use
gksudo in Gnome:
gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
kdesudo in KDE:
kdesudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list
Enter your user password (not root) and you will edit file as root