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Old 03-01-2006, 02:16 PM   #1
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root permissions via GUI


I'm running Fedora Core 4 with Gnome. I have two accounts created: root and a user account. When I'm logged into Gnome with my user accont and try to edit some files such as /etc/X11/xorg.conf, a message is returned stating that I do not have rights to edit this file. I understand only root can edit protected files like these. What I'd like to know is how do I edit files like these via the GUI?


Old 03-01-2006, 02:25 PM   #2
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The simplest way is to open a terminal, log in as root (su -), then command-line your way through your filesystem to do what you want to do.

If you must have a nautilus window, then simply launch nautilus from the command line in your 'root' terminal.

You can reduce the steps and launch a 'root nautilus' window from the desktop by ensuring that the user is setup as a superuser, then creating a launcher on the desktop with the command 'sudo nautilus'. A terminal window will still popup requesting a password, and remain running, before a nautilus window appears, but it works.

Old 03-01-2006, 02:37 PM   #3
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Just open up a terminal and su into root. Then open the file you want to edit using your fav. text editor.

Its NOT recommended to login using your root account. For security reasons its wery vise not to.

So take the time to learn your basic terminalcommands (5 minutes)...its worth it!

Sincerely, Jørgen


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