I'm really new ubuntu user...

I'm working as root user (the software that I'm using just works if you are root user) but the files that I need to access are on my normal user desktop. I don't how to get to the desktop while I'm root.

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    Welcome Adenes. On simple question try always to check on your preferred search engine for a solution. If you write in google where is user desktop folder in ubuntu you find the solution. The ' is preferred to ` because the latter is user to write little pieces of code... and to show it in your question you have to escape it \`
    – Hastur
    Jul 8, 2014 at 20:04
  • Are you using command line based tools? If yes, look at the 'sudo' and/or 'su' command. Both allow you to obtain root privileges.
    – lexu
    Jul 9, 2014 at 11:28

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The desktop for user will be located at /home/user/Desktop.


Simple, try this:

cd /home/your_username/Desktop

There are your files, you can list them using ls


In addition to above answers, if you need to use it frequently. Make a soft link to the desktop of the normal user.

root@your_host ~/Desktop]# ln -s /home/Adenes/Desktop

Above will create a shortcut in root's Desktop.

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