Ubuntu: copy+paste problem from root to partition folder



Question:

I am trying to copy some folders from my portable hard drive to one of the partitions. The paste button is not working in the destination folder and whenever I am trying a drag-drop with my mouse, it says that I don't have permission to create there, albeit I have the root. Even the new folder button is not working.

So, I'm now performing this copy paste action by opening a terminal and running gksudo nautilus but its a one time option. If I further want to copy paste, again i need to open terminal and type the code. I dont want to do that every time.Is there any permanent option/process?


Solution:1

I don't think there is any other way. In order to change files in the root folder, you need to be root. In most GNU/Linux distros (including Ubuntu), programs execute as a standard user by default, even if you are the administrator on your system. In order to get a program to execute as root, you need to type in gksudo nautilus, which is exactly what you did. However, I suppose if you want to simplify the process you could write an executable script.


Solution:2

open nautilus with sudo

sudo nautilus

and then perform all the transfer

Hope this works


Solution:3

To copy stuff from the root drive you will likely need to use a root session for your file manager, just open a terminal window, and type in "sudo nautilus" without the quotes then your password, just be careful as that makes everything rw, including system files.


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