I am trying to run nautilus with gksudo nautilus. However, whenever I try, this dialog appears:

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Along with the following message in the terminal:

Error copying '/home/.../.Xauthority' to '/tmp/libgksu-v8QBGW': No such file or directory

Then I tried to create a new ~/.Xauthority file by sudo touch ~/.Xauthority. Once I run gksudo nautilus, a dialog asks for my password (also, I cannot write in the textbox, only paste. So I paste my password...)

The following error shows:

Unable to init server: Could not connect: Connection refused

(nautilus:4202): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0

I've looked everywhere but cannot find a solution. Also, I cannot open any other visual interface using root, like gksudo synaptic, as the same happens. Please help.

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    askubuntu.com/questions/961967/… – muru Apr 9 '18 at 8:41
  • Thank you, @muru. I had just solved it by doing "xhost +", then I saw the link you posted, which is more appropriate. I wish I could choose your comment as a correct answer. – lucasdelevy Apr 10 '18 at 6:13

As muru suggested with the URL, doing xhost si:localuser:root solved the issue. If he/she wants to answer the question, I will accept it as the correct one.


This looks like Ubuntu. I had a similar issue and found out that GDM is starting two Xorg servers (more detail here). What this meant for me was that there were two sockets being created in /tmp/.X11-unix. The value of env var $DISPLAY shows which display gksudo and other graphic applications are using when you try to run them as root from the terminal.

The value ':0' is now pointing to the greeter Xorg instance and the actual user Xorg session is now located at ':1'.

Double check ps aux | grep Xorg then ls /tmp/.X11-unix to see what I mean and if this applies to you. If it does, simply changing the value of $DISPLAY to be ':1' upon login to thwart these display errors is preferred to xhost si:localuser:root which can compromise X11 security.

  • Thanks for your answer. I did what you said and got the error (gksudo:16130): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: 1. When I do ls /tmp/.X11-unix, I get: X0 X1024. So, even changing DISPLAY=1024 gets me the same error. – lucasdelevy May 28 '18 at 6:37

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