Manually running app as root?

Hello All,

I am trying to figure out some way to manually start an app as root. It seems that apps which "require" root privileges are coded to elevate to root using su. However, what I would like to do is manually start *any* app as root - even an app that does not "require" root privileges. For anyone familiar with Linux or Unix, this would be similar to running 'su -c /usr/bin/myapp' (or less so, but also similar to running 'sudo /usr/bin/myapp'). In Windows this would be like using 'runas /user:Administrator myapp.exe'. Specifically, what I would like to do is open my text editor as root, so I can modify my hosts file. I needed to change this today, but was not near a computer, and therefore I could not use ADB. I finally gave up trying to figure it out and simply used Vi from the terminal, which is fine when using ADB, but quite difficult when actually using the phone. I could not find many questions (or answers) about doing this, and the few posts I could find, I get the impression that those who replied did not fully understand what the OP was asking. If my question does not seem clear, please let me know and I will try to rephrase it. I very much appreciate any insight. Thank you.

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