I'm using Kubuntu 18.04 and I want to run the kate editor with root privileges
sudo kate produces the message
running kate as root is not possible. I think that's utterly silly. How can I bypass it?
Answer: just edit the file, even if it's a system file, using plain oldkate. You don't need root privileges to edit it; you only need root privileges to save it. When you save a system file, you'll be asked for the root password. Supply it and the save takes place. Easy!!