Problem Statement:

Well I have installed Xampp 1.8.1 in my Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit system. But I couldn't paste my web files to the /opt/lampp directory where lampp is installed. As I try to paste my web files to that directory the paste option is greyed out. And while I try pasting with Ctrl + V command the 'Permission denied' error occurs. Help me out as I am a noobhead in this Linux world!

  • While one answer is: "gksudo nautilus", this is not a duplicate of "how can I save a file from gedit" or "how can I avoid write permissions when editing files". I came here because I cannot copy and paste in Nautilus. It does not even have the common decency to offer a one time sudo with password so I have to go to a command line and then come back. I can see linking from the other two questions to here if the answer is, edit in a writeable directory and then use gksudo nautilus to move the files to the real destination. But their correct answers are "gksudo gedit" and "use symbolic links". – Dirk Bester Jan 29 '15 at 23:50

Open a terminal and enter

gksudo nautilus

This will run the file manager in super user mode.

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  • it may work but i did not get command meaning. what is nautilus?, why gksudo and why why not sudo? – 151291 Mar 21 '16 at 6:00
  • Nautilus is the gnome file manager - you could use which you prefer. gksudo is the graphical version of sudo. – Manuel Mar 28 '16 at 11:17
  • I am dabbling into Linux from Windows. Thank you so much!!!! – CaTx Oct 13 '17 at 6:13
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    Hi, you did not answer the question of why gksudo not sudo. In my case both work and looks like same result. – Alexei Martianov Mar 23 '18 at 1:51
  • You can also use su. GKSU ist just a graphical interface. – Manuel Mar 23 '18 at 7:04

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