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"su" is the command you issue to become the root user (or another user). You login as your regular user, then type "su -". It will ask you for the root password, then you will be root. Then, you can copy the files you need. After you finish copying, you type "exit" to go back to being a regular user.
Type it your favorite shell (e.g. bash) which is the Unix equivalent of an MS-DOS prompt. It will then prompt you for the superuser password. Type it in, press return, and you are now root. You can check it by typing
which should return "root". When you are done, type exit to stop being root. You will still be in the same shell session, but logged in as whatever user you were before (type "whoami" again to verify).
Right, i dont seem to be able to find Konsol, and the only promt kinda thing i found was "terminal" i typed "su" into that and my password, and it still wouldnt let me drag my files to were i wanted them....why not? any one?
Distribution: Gentoo, Slack, SuSE, Ubuntu... Flavor of the week
Try going to your panel (I think this will work in KDE or Gnome, I'm in Gnome now), go to System, then shells, then bash... that should open your console... I think terminal should be the right place, but you should only be able to do command line work from there... which, if I'm reading correctly, you still have the ability to drag and drop?
right okay, well i dont seem to have a gnome or kde desktop, its just redhat, and i can only get up terminal at the mo, so from what i know, i type su, then password, and it logs into root, i can then gobak to desktop and drag my file over, then click bak on the terminal window and type exit, and all done right? coz it aint working....still say i got no permission