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anneranch

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I log in as an administrator
I can download a file
I can copy the file using "File manager" - as administrator
I can open the file using "file manager" BUT
I cannot extract the downloaded zip file to SAME folder - as administrator - I do not have "permission".

What gives ?
And how "to fix it" using GUI applications - like "file manager"- logged in as an administrator?
 


Lord Boltar

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some files when you extract them are designated to a specific folder like /opt/ you have to be in root to extract there or anywhere else try pkexec "File Manager" - so if you are using Thunar as an example for your file manager that would be
Code:
pkexec thunar
this will open a new file manager window in root then try to extract the file
for Caja file manager
Code:
pkexec caja
for Nemo
Code:
pkexec nemo
and so on
 

wizardfromoz

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Anne, always tell us, even in your Thread title, what Distro you are using that features the problem - name, version number, even desktop environment.

Sometimes we send our crystal balls out for a service. :)

Wiz
 

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There is a small problem with telling what distro.
Have been relatively happy with Ubuntu until the latest "release".
The gurus at Unutu forum actually accused me that reason I lost my OS was not because "sudo apt update" repository , but my fault. So - I am back to using Ubuntu 18 and may "upgrade" if Unutu folks get their act together.
some files when you extract them are designated to a specific folder like /opt/ you have to be in root to extract there or anywhere else try pkexec "File Manager" - so if you are using Thunar as an example for your file manager that would be
Code:
pkexec thunar
this will open a new file manager window in root then try to extract the file
for Caja file manager
Code:
pkexec caja
for Nemo
Code:
pkexec nemo
and so on
But I cannot even START the extraction using FileManager.

And I am specifically asking why I cannot use GUI application because of "permissions" .

Why Ubuntu "File manger " cannot start as "gparted" - asking for password?

There is something missing here , even more , the whole "administrator " concept is illogical.
 

Alexzee

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To find out what distro you are running type this into the terminal:

cat /etc/os-release

Have you tried right clicking on the file and extract here?
 

Lord Boltar

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There is a small problem with telling what distro.
Have been relatively happy with Ubuntu until the latest "release".
The gurus at Unutu forum actually accused me that reason I lost my OS was not because "sudo apt update" repository , but my fault. So - I am back to using Ubuntu 18 and may "upgrade" if Unutu folks get their act together.


But I cannot even START the extraction using FileManager.

And I am specifically asking why I cannot use GUI application because of "permissions" .

Why Ubuntu "File manger " cannot start as "gparted" - asking for password?

There is something missing here , even more , the whole "administrator " concept is illogical.
By default, the File Manager (Nautilus) in Ubuntu or in any other Linux distro as far as I know uses a non-root user. I mean a user that doesn’t have Administrative rights can access them graphically. If you cannot extract a file by right clicking the file and select extract then there may be an issue with file-roller (that's the program Nautilus use to extract and compress files) or the file you are trying to extract needs admin privileges to extract - There is no GUI for file-roller just the right click function that is until you select compress or extract then you will get a small GUI to make choices - you can install root privileges to Nautilus by opening the terminal type in
Code:
sudo apt install nautilus-admin
now restart Nautilus
Code:
nautilus -q
and open it back up when you right click with Nautilus open you will see "Open as Administrator" You can also open Nautilus as root by running
Code:
pkexec nautilus
then see if you can right click the file and select extract - also have you been able to compress a file?
Also by defualt file-roller cannot extract .rar files you have to install unrar so it can do that
 
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Sseizzenica

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I log in as an administrator
I can download a file
I can copy the file using "File manager" - as administrator
I can open the file using "file manager" BUT
I cannot extract the downloaded zip file to SAME folder - as administrator - I do not have "permission".

What gives ?
And how "to fix it" using GUI applications - like "file manager"- logged in as an administrator?
i 3 step program which step 5 and 7 dont change much and 9 is a big upgrade to zero. and then you have 888
 

captain-sensible

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i 3 step program which step 5 and 7 dont change much and 9 is a big upgrade to zero. and then you have 888
download any file give us the name of the file and then give us the output of :ls -l <filename>

from a terminal eg for a fiel called PKGBUILD.proto i use ls -l on it

Code:
[[email protected]:~/Desktop]$ ls -l PKGBUILD.proto                 (06-24 15:43)
-rw-r--r-- 1 andrew andrew 918 Jun 15 15:32 PKGBUILD.proto
 
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