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What is the difference between i686 and x86_64?

I have an AMD Turion and do not know what to choose between these two versions to install Arch Linux. Thank you.
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What do the power management tools in Linux do? (acpi, pm-utils, etc…)

I am really really confused about the power management tools available for Linux: I have Arch Linux with XFCE on my laptop. The guides on the the Arch Linux wiki list acpi acpid pm-utils cpufreq ...
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How do I setup a systemd service to be started by a non root user as a user daemon?

I just finished the install and setup process of systemd on my arch-linux system (2012.09.07). I uninstalled initscripts (and removed the configuration files). What I want to do is create a service ...
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systemctl enable differs from systemctl start, how?

I am running an Arch Linux (latest, up-to-date) box, and attempting to get MySQL to start at boot. With the systemd package installed I have systemctl available, and as such I can do things like this: ...
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How to disable top left hotspot corner in KDE?

I'm using KDE 4.7 (from the testing repo) on Arch Linux 3.0-ARCH. It's very annoying that when I move my mouse to the top left, thumbnails of my windows appear. This is especially annoying with ...
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What is rootfs# and what can you do with it?

I have been dropped to a [rootfs /]# prompt many times when booting my distro failed. Usually I found I couldn't fix the problem with the limited commands available, so I would use any spare Live CD I ...
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Speedup a Video on linux

I dont want to use player like vlc to speedup the playback. I want to actually speedup playback in the original file. Its like I want video to be played 2 times faster.
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Arch Linux: 'whatprovides' equivalent option for pacman

I've come from Fedora and am trying out Arch Linux. I was wondering if the packager 'pacman' contains funcionality like that provided by 'yum whatprovides': provides or whatprovides ...
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“Unable to find root device” on a fresh ArchLinux install

I have installed the latest version of ArchLinux (2014.06.01) on a MacBook Pro 8,1 (15", if that matters regarding hardware) dual-booting with OSX following the instructions in the official install ...
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How do I search for a command I don't know the complete name of?

Every time I try to use a program from the terminal, I can't find it because it doesn't match the real name. For example, I type disks in terminal, but the real name is gnome-disks. I tried to use: ...
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Preinstalled Windows 8 and Linux UEFI dual boot on a laptop

I am trying to set up Windows 8 and Arch Linux on a new Sony Vaio E14 with preinstalled windows 8. So far: installed W8 to my new SSD (switched for the original HDD) using Recovery Media shrunk the ...
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Why do we have 3 types of X-selections in LINUX?

man xclip says: -selection specify which X selection to use, options are "primary" to use XA_PRIMARY (default), "secondary" for XA_SECONDARY or "clipboard" for ...
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Disable Windows Key hotkeys when using Virtualbox

I'm currently running a VirtualBox of Arch Linux with Windows 7 x64 as the host. In Arch, I use dwm for window management. As dwm is heavily dependent on hotkeys, I've used the Alt key as its META key ...
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Map caps lock to control. In linux. Without X

I'm trying to map caps lock to control in a terminal. X is not enabled. Distro is Arch linux. Is this possible?
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systemd does not run /etc/rc.local?

I am using Archlinux and began trying systemd these days. However, I found that systemd doesn't load my /etc/rc.local script. As mentioned in the Wiki page, I did have run systemctl enable ...
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How to map the Caps Lock key to Escape key in Arch Linux

My OS is Arch Linux amd64, Gnome ENV. I want to map the Caps Lock key to Esc (escape) in Arch Linux. I run the command: xmodmap -e 'clear Lock' -e 'keycode 0x42 = Escape' It works well, but a ...
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Bash says file does not exist, but it does

I'm trying to compile the firmware for my linksys WRVS4400N. ls shows that exist but when it try to run it bash says it does not exist. I can also cat it, and it is an executable, not a shell script. ...
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Arch Linux - How do I downgrade my kernel?

I just did a system upgrade which included my kernel. After which, my wifi has broken. After some google'ing, it seems I'm not the only person this has happened to. RT2860 drivers don't play nicely ...
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From GRUB2, boot an ISO in an LVM2 logical volume

tl;dr - Is it possible to boot from a .iso file that is located in an unencrypted lmv2 logical volume? How? I'm trying to set this up in a VirtualBox VM before I do it for real with my laptop. I have ...
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Unable to use NTFS partition for Dropbox in Linux

Dropbox won't let me choose the sync folder inside a NTFS partition. First thought I had was mounting and its permissions (the Dropbox installer does let me choose my linux home as the Dropbox home). ...
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Can't control backlight; strange segfault

I'm using Arch Linux on my Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 (Intel HD Graphics, Core i5) and I can't control the backlight (it's always on max). xbacklight and writing to /sys/class/backlight does nothing. ...
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Arch Linux drops me on my school network

I'm running a Lenovo X61 which I carry around my college for getting on the internet at various points in the day. The network has always been finicky but recently it's gotten worse. I'll connect ...
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Arch Linux - Cannot start CUPS service with systemd

In order to get printing working in Arch Linux, I installed cups, cups-filters, and hplilp (ghostscript and gs-fonts were already installed). However, when I try and make the CUPS service run on ...
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Open up firewall automatically to anybody who has successfully connected via SSH

I have a server which runs a few services. However, for security reasons, I configured the server so that nothing, except for SSH, is accessible from outside. What I'd like to do instead, though, is ...
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UEFI: Failed to install override security policy

I run the latest Arch Linux image on ASUS Sabertooth 990FX and get this error. Failed to install override security policy. How can i fix it?
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Can't access folders mounted by sshfs after sleep (or when connection lost)

Often, when I mount a filesystem via ssh: sshfs user@remote: ~/Mounts/Remote and the machine hibernates (closing the Laptop lid) if I wake up the machine I can't access the mounted folder. ...
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Trouble upgrading nodejs to version 0.6.3-1 in ArchLinux

I'm trying to upgrading nodejs to version 0.6.3-1 in ArchLinux, but get a conflict during the "checking for file conflicts" step. It complains about a bunch of files in the npm directory: nodejs: ...
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How do I get ssh to read the destination's `.bashrc`?

I have two Linux computers at work, a desktop and a laptop, running Openssh under Arch Linux. Under my standard logins, I have a customized .bashrc file inside my home folder on both computers. ...
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Why is yaourt looking in the wrong place (pacman works)?

After removing yaourt and package-query, upgrading pacman to v4.0.1 and reinstalling the latest package-query and yaourt from AUR, I can't use yaourt anymore. It tells me: Unable to open file: ...
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Selective update with pacman / yaourt?

I´m using yaourt in ArchLinux. Is it possible to do a yaourt -Syu but only including packages from core/extra or what I want? How to update single packages? yaourt -U <package> does not work ...
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Accessing IPv6 addresses through an SSH tunnel

I have a remote Arch Linux server which has IPv6 enabled (through Tunnelbroker, I am able to do ping6 ipv6.google.com successfully) and I want to know if it's possible to use PuTTY on my Windows 7 ...
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Why isn't VirtualBox restoring my saved machine state?

I'm using VirtualBox 3.1.2 (on Windows 7, as my host OS) to experiment with an ArchLinux install. I use the Save Machine State option when powering down my VM so that it can be restored as it was. If ...
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How to install autokey in the home directory in linux?

I am on a computer where I do not have admin rights. I can only install applications in the home directory. Can someone provide a step by step guide on installing autokey in the home directory in ...
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ARM Compiled QEMU - “standard VGA not available”

I followed this guide to compile QEMU so that I could run a Raspberry Pi Archlinux image in it - which I learned how to do in this guide. I'm trying to run x-server on the virtualized Archlinux ...
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Mirroring ~1.8TB of individual files using lftp, what would be the fastest way?

I've stared mirroring the files and directories on an FTP server to my external HDD using my Raspberry Pi so I can leave the downloads running 24/7. What I did to start the download was: lftp ...
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Arch Linux Install, Why is arch-chroot giving me an error?

I'm following the Arch Linux install instructions found here from a live cd, and I'm stuck issuing the following command: # arch-chroot /mnt mount: sys is already mounted or /mnt/sys busy sys ...
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Google Talk plugin eats up CPU

Every time I try to enter a Google+ Hangout or video chat with google talk the cpu is driven to maximum (both cores), but the resolution of the webcam seems poor (<320x240) and the fps is even ...
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Triple booting on a Mac Book [almost there]; boot loader issues

Here is my current GPT/MBR partition table: Current GPT partition table: # Start LBA End LBA Type 1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT) 2 409640 663646255 Mac OS X ...
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Error installing Arch Linux

So, I am trying to install Arch Linux on my Acer Aspire 4830tg, but I keep running into problems. Some background knowledge, I am trying to install Arch off a usb stick and I got the iso image using ...
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Why is Google Chrome not starting after replacing udev with systemd-tools?

I recently updated my system via sudo pacman -Syu. Afterwards, I proceeded to open Google Chrome, but it failed. When I tried to start it via the terminal I got the error. /usr/bin/google-chrome: ...
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Is it possible to run graphical applications such as Firefox without installing a desktop environment?

I have been an Ubuntu user for 2 years and am contemplating moving to Arch. I love their philosophy, The Arch Way, and I admire their tenacity to bare the system to the user. I think if I am ever ...
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How to execute bash script without password?

I need to execute the script after system boot. For example: (sleep 5 && (sudo dhcpcd wlp4s0)) What I need: Executing the script. What I have: [sudo] password for eugene: I has been edited ...
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Installing an operating system to a USB drive and booting to it - all within VirtualBox

Is it possible to install an operating system onto a USB drive, and then boot to it, all within VirtualBox? Not like putting the virtual disk on the USB drive. Installing the entire OS there so it can ...
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Recommended FS to share Windows, OS X host and Linux

I have a 120GB SD hard drive that I have put into an Oker portable USB enclosure it comes with two USB output presumably one is redundant just to get extra power. I regularly use 3 host computers: ...
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Virtualbox VS VMWare for Linux Guest

I've got a desktop that I use for gaming, I really love Linux but I love my games too much to abandon them for Linux. I'm very hopeful that in the not-so-distant future VGA-Passthrough technology will ...
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Can I keep Mono from hanging up when I close my SSH connection?

I have a headless Linux server that I connect to through SSH. I recently started using it, in addition to its normal tasks, to host a game server written in C# with Mono. It performs admirably! ...
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What do I need to do to mount a USB drive in ArchLinux

What packages do I need to allow me to mount a USB drive in ArchLinux from the command line? What command do I use? Under Ubuntu these things happen automatically, but it's about time I learned how to ...
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How to write a systemd service that depends on a device being present?

I would like to write a systemd service that depends on USB WiFi dongle being present. It doesn't need to start when device is plugged in as long as it doesn't start when device is not plugged in. How ...
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Is there anything that can be done to make X forwarding over LAN less painful?

I have two *nix machines that I like to remotely do graphical things sometimes with. One of those machines is my Arch Linux media server, and another is my OpenBSD router/general server. My current ...
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Find out where $PATH is defined

I recently installed an Arch-Linux System. If I type echo $PATH it points (among others) to a directory inside my /home/user/dir I can remember I set up somewhere. I have it as root user also, so ...