I know the command to get to your Desktop is cd ~/Desktop. This however does not work as the root user. However I need to be the root user because I would like to move a file, from my desktop into my /mnt/disk folder so that I can mount my .iso. I can't click-and-drag either as I do not have permission. I've been trying for about an hour and am quite frustrated; so any and all help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
If you want to access a folder under another users home directory instead of using
~ you need to use
~username. So I would do something like
~zoredache/Desktop. You could also simply use the full path. Typically on a Linux system the home directories are under
/home, so you could use
If you cannot access your home directory while logged in as root, then that indicates that you may be try to access a filesystem that was mounted with fuse. As a security measure, by default, fuse will setup restrictions to prevent any else from accessing the filesystem except the user that mounted it.
If you want to open Nautilus window with root permissions you can run (Alt+F2) command:
You will be asked for your password, but in that window, the Home and Desktop will be from root's perspective, so you will have to browse to your desktops in that window.
Close it when you done, and be carefull. You can remove /bin/ or /boot/ for example.