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Since many files and applications seem to need root for proper operation or for allowing edits and having to use the console is too inconvenient, I'd like to have right-click context menu options for "Open file as root" and "Start application as root" (and maybe also "Create new file/folder as root") in nemo.

  • What's the best way to add such context menu entries?
  • Is there any reason to not add such?
  • If there is none of significance why isn't it featured in the OS itself similar to the "Run as administrator"-option in Windows?

I'm using Debian 9.0 with Cinnamon and its standard nemo file manager.

Edit: User terdon informed me about the "Open folder as root" menu-entry which somewhat solves the "Open file as root" part.

  • Please edit your question and tell us what desktop environment and what file manager you are using. These aren't global OS options, they will depend on the specific tools you are using. That said, if you think using the command line is inconvenient, Debian is probably not the right distribution for you and you should switch to something like Mint or Ubuntu. Many (most?) *nix users find using the GUI inconvenient so don't care about this sort of option. I, for example, don't ever use a file manager since the CLI is so much simpler and more powerful. It's just a matter of what you're used to. – terdon Jul 7 '17 at 10:53
  • Alright, done. And sorry, but I find Debian to fit perfectly for me. It's just that Debian needs to change. It needs to advance to become more convenient. Those users need to start to care about this sort of option. If you want FOSS to live and thrive you'll come to that conclusion as well. If you want it to become increasingly irrelevant, only used by a small circle of elitist users and overtaken by proprietary software and companies you ignore anything related to convenience, practical use and just-as-powerful GUIs. It's that simple, really. – mYnDstrEAm Jul 7 '17 at 14:51
  • Um. Wow. All I said is that Debian might not be the best choice for you because it is aimed at experienced users. But, as I said before, this has nothing to do with Debian and everything to do with, in this case, Cinnamon. If you want to complain at someone, target the Cinnamon devs, not Debian. And there are many distributions that are designed for regular users and they will probably have adapted their version of Cinnamon to do this out of the box. You have just chosen not to use one. – terdon Jul 7 '17 at 14:56
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    Do you have the "Open as root" option when right clicking on a directory? I see that on my nemo, cinnamon 3.4.3 running on Arch. If you do, would opening the parent directory as root and continuing from there be an acceptable workaround? – terdon Jul 7 '17 at 15:02
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    A side note: you might want to erase many of you knowledge about what you might think the OS is. In Windows you just have one built in file manager ('explorer.exe') which also provides the desktop manager and you have no choice about your window manager. In Linux the OS is just the OS and you are free to install many file managers, desktop managers, window managers, … and choose your favorite as default. So maybe another file manager like spacefm, pcmanfm, or any other, would simply just fit your needs better then nemo. (And I am sure you already knew this, but however…) – Jaleks Jul 7 '17 at 19:13

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