Not only does it not make any sense (for the user) that all major DEs do not allow to use the file manager as Root (without hacks, extensions, and/or other workarounds), but it also makes it incredibly cumbersome, KDE (or the developers) finally decided to make this possible with KDE Frameworks 5.91.
After decades! (Edit: just to clarify: since i have this problem)
I was of course very pleased. Doesn’t seem to work though, or I have to set some option or something. Can’t find anything unfortunately.
Until now I have always used the file manager XFE for this, because this can be used flawlessly as root.
Do somebody know something more about this “new” Feature in KDE?
But if it helps you, for me it stopped working with Gnome 3 (~2010?). Since than im using workarounds or extensions for that. Last year i switched to KDE (just of curosity, because last time i used it was even longer). And there it never worked. So for me this Problem is still existing since decades.
Update: According to KDE developer Nate Graham, the root file operations feature has been reverted as it needs to be “re-done with an eye towards more technical correctness.” For now, this feature appears to only be available in the KDE neon Unstable distribution!
The point of sudoedit is to allow users to edit files they wouldn’t otherwise be allowed to, while running an unprivileged editor. To make this happen, sudoedit copies the file to be edited to a temporary location, makes it writable by the requesting user, and opens it in the configured editor. That’s why the editor shows an unrelated filename in a temporary directory. When the editor exits, sudoedit checks whether any changes were really made, and copies the changed temporary file back to its original location if necessary.
That’s why I like mc, you can copy and paste delete and everything other than actually drag and drop. It’s very rare I need to do anything file manager wise with root, but the couple times per year, it’s easy enough for me.
If I’m not mistaken, openSUSE has had this feature for a while now in their dolphin manager.