Linux - Add a background color to the root windows

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Issue


How to clearly distinguish the root windows from others.

Solution


The solution is to add a background color to the root windows!

Nautilus

  • Open Nautilus as root: gksudo nautilus, then go to "Edit> Backgrounds and Emblems". Click on the "color" box on the left.
  • Then, drag drop a color on the root folder. The folder will change color background only for the super-user.
  • That's all!
  • Close the window now.

Gedit


The same principle can be used with Gedit:
  • Open Gedit as root: gksudo gedit then go to Edit> Preferences.
  • In the Fonts and Colors tab, click the color scheme.

Note that: when you are in root, the command prompt ends with a #, rather than a $ symbol for a simple user.
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