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plotutils: `graph` creates empty plots

I'm trying to create simple plots using graph as described in this tutorial. However, even the most basic example: echo 0 0 1 1 2 0 | graph -T png > plot.png produces a perfectly white 570x570 ...
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Should Complete OS X and iOS Source be Available via GPL? [on hold]

I have been familiarizing myself with the GNU General Public License (GPL), and the way I understand the license is that any piece of software that includes open-source software licensed under GPL ...
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save bash history, regularly

I have bash set up to save history, to a file. It does this whenever bash exits [properly]. As sometimes bash does not exit properly the history is lost. So the question is can I set up bash to save ...
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In what order does GNU env print environment variables?

When invoked without arguments, the env and printenv commands from the GNU Coreutils print the value of every environment variable. What determines the order in which these variables are printed? ...
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Best way to get 'linux command line tools' on Windows [closed]

I'd like to download the basic stuff like 'rm -rf'. I used to just download cygwin, but are binutils or some other alternative better (if all I need are the truely basic stuff ... I'm trying to think ...
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gnu screen not to change my window titles

I set meaningful names to new windows I create in gnu screen, but then when I 'cd' or open vim that name gets changed to 'pwd' for instance. Is there a way to prevent screen from changing the title? I ...
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How to get the actual directory size (out of du)?

How do I get the actual directory size, using UNIX/Linux standard tools? Alternative question: How do I get du to show me the actual directory size (not disk usage)? Since people seem to have ...
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Windows 10 virtual machine disappears in seamless mode in Arch Linux

I have Arch Linux (64-bit) and I installed 32-bit Windows 10 in VirtualBox. Everything seems to work fine—fullscreen, scaled, etc…—except for seamless mode. When I activate seamless mode, the virtual ...
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SED/AWK/PERL(GNU userland) - how to substitute pattern A but not pattern B?

First, I am using GNU userland so you can assume I use Bash, GNU coreutils... I have a HTML and I want to change all href="foobarz" into href="" However, I don't want to change any line ...
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How do I stop GNU Freetalk from automatically filling in the buddy name?

I'm using GNU Freetalk along with expect in order to send notifications to my phone – Freetalk has a readline interface, and I use expect to make a series of non interactive scripts that send ...
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R not reading Rprofile.site at startup

When I start R it’s meant to read from /etc/Rprofile.site first thing. I’ve verified that this isn’t happening but have no idea why or how to fix it. When I source('/etc/Rprofile.site') at startup ...
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How to install GNU make in Windows 7?

I am trying to install GNU make-3.82 on Windows 7. I downloaded the make-3.82.tar.gz setup but it does not have any setup file. There is process given on GNU site. But when I reach to the folder in ...
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How to do a multiline search in less?

In less, can you search using / for a pattern that contains a carriage return and newline? I know your pattern can end with a line using $ (from How do I include newlines in a search in less?), but I ...
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How do I set $LESS invocation options in a lesskey file?

I'm trying to use less's lesskey-file support, as described in the manpage: KEY BINDINGS You may define your own less commands by using the program lesskey (1) to create a lesskey file. This ...
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Using Thunderbird, how can one attach from command line a file containing commas (,) in its name?

thunderbird -compose "attachment='$HOME/test test.txt'" works. thunderbird -compose "attachment='$HOME/test, test.txt'" does not work and gives a file does not exist error message. This must be ...
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Can less wrap lines like fmt does?

Like most people I use less as my terminal pager. Occasionally I view files consisting of very long lines of plain or marked-up text. By default less folds these lines at the terminal window edge. ...
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GNU/Linux: fast switching between keyboard layouts

on x server environments i just open a terminal emulator (pressing + typing in x-terminal-emulator and pressing return on most graphical environments/window managers) and tping in setxkbmap us and ...
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Installing GNU mailutils on windows

I'm using Windows 7, and would like to use the GNU mailutils, specifically mu and mu4e. Unfortunately, these are not available as Cygwin packages. Is there any way to use GNU mailutils on windows ...
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Using gnu dd_rescue to rescue data from a failed hard disk

I'm using gnu ddrescue 1.18.1 from the SystemRescueCD Linux distribution. I started the recovery process yesterday using this tutorial: ...
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Does GNU/Linux counts processes and threads together when I limit their number?

I want to limit the number of processes per user on my machine, with /etc/security/limits.conf and the nproc value. I have read here that Linux dosen't distinguish between processes and threads? My ...
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Bash command to cut output after x number of lines

I'm looking for a bash command, which I can use to limit the number of lines of a file or another command output. E.g. ls -thor | limit 10 would limit the output of the ls command to 10 lines (in ...
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gnu `uniq -c`: display counts graphically as bars

With sort $file | uniq -c, it's possible to sum up files/input and show the number occurences like that: 13 foo 1 bar To get a better grasp of this data, I'd like to see them graphically ...
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When does rm remove open files?

Particularly, I want to know what happens when I rm an open file and don't explicitly kill the process holding the file descriptor to that file. Will the file be removed when the system is shut down?
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Difference between UnxUtils and GnuWin32?

I am a Windows user who wants programs like grep and sed along with other utilities like ls, cut etc in my command prompt. I came across 2 packages which would accomplish this UnxUtils GnuWin32 I ...
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Cross-platform implementation of GNU tools? (Preferably Java)

I'd like to have GNU tools available on multiple platforms, behaving the same. I know there are ports, like http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/, but they are different from what's supported by the linux ...
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find: -exec vs xargs (aka Why does “find | xargs basename” break?)

I was trying to find all files of a certain type spread out in subdirectories, and for my purposes I only needed the filename. I tried stripping out the path component via basename, but it did't work ...
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Replacing string in a script using sed

I am new in using sed command and I have an sql which contains "MONYY" and I want to change the "MONYY" in the file by replacing it with the current "MONYY" automatically. I have used the following ...
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Octal Dump is taking too long, and is only using 6% of cpu

I am trying to do an Octal Dump on a large binary file (roughly 50 GB) and it is taking much longer then it should. We are running this on a $7000 4-processor Thinkmate with 4 Core-Intel Xeons and 1 ...
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Is GNU Hurd using the same principles as Minix 3 for self healing?

Minix3 has a reincarnation server that can restart drivers if they crash or end up in a infinitive loop. It can even restart the disk driver by keeping a shadow copy of the same or an older version of ...
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find: show directories which contain certain subdirectories

I have a list of directories /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/ /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/devel /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/ecom_flink /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/totalstable /u2/tip/coy/inter/fcs/develbi ...
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GNU screen: change focus in split windows with mouse

Is there a way to enable proper mouse support in GNU screen so that I can switch the focus between split windows using my mouse? In other words, I'm looking for a mouse-driven alternative to typing ...
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Unix mail command: Sort by newest first

When I use the "mail" command, it prints a list of messages in my inbox in a format like this: 1 Super User Mon Jun 9 17:13 86/4716 Complete Registration With Stack Exchange However I've ...
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Make GNU screen survive reboot

I am using GNU screen a lot. I find it very annoying that everytime the server has to be rebooted I lose all my sessions (even if I know in advance, I need to set-up everything again). I've searched ...
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How to install Debian GNU/Linux without Removing Windows or Formating

I want to install debian on my computer, and I already have Windows on it. Is there any way i can install Debian on a partition without removing what's in it or formatting? I can't get past the setup, ...
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How to list only ordinary files on UNIX

I'd like to list only ordinary files (not directories or symlinks) using ls from GNU tools. So far I have only some hackish greps. Is there an option or better way of doing that? Edit: I need more ...
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Slow hotkey response in GNOME 3.12

I run Arch, and I recently grabbed the 3.12 upgrade for GNOME. I've had F12 bound to terminator for a while, since I often have to summon new terminals. Ever since the upgrade, using a hotkey for a ...
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What exactly does Cygwin do?

I understand that it "looks like" Linux by giving me forward slashes and providing a directory structure similar to Linux. I also know that a lot of apps have been ported to Cygwin, but if the source ...
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UnxUtils.zip: GNU utilities for Win32 (download link)

Where can I find the latest Gnu utilities for windows to download? The download link in the project homepage is a 403.
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Getting information from an armored gpg public key file

When given a file with an armored public GnuPG key, i.e. a file (pubkey.gpg) that was created with: gpg -r 0xDEADBEEF --export --armored > pubkey.gpg What is the best way to get information such ...
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xargs process string as multiple arguments

Linux GNU xargs I have the file doit with arg1 arg2 arg3 arg4 arg1 arg2 arg3 arg4 I want to perform command arg1 arg2 arg3 arg4 command arg2 arg2 arg3 arg4 What I can't figure out is how to ...
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How to figure out what device (if any) my DVD drive is assigned to in Debian GNU/Linux

I am running stock Debian Jessie and I would like to burn a DVD with xfburn. Problem is that xfburn can't see my DVD drive. e.g. it does not show up under as /dev/scd0 or any other (as far as I can ...
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linux tar -T - does not work on the fly

I found some problem with linux gnu tar. wheh I use option -T - (for file list from stdin) or -T named_pipe_file , this desn't work on the fly. for example, simple interactive script: while ...
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Linux on SUA. Any active projects?

I would like to know whether besides the following attempt http://www.debian-interix.net/ to port the entire set of tools which come with the most popular Linux systems to Windows systems with SUA ...
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Windows 7 Ultimate versus Cygwin: POSIX compliance and is it practical to install a GNU system directly on Win 7 Ultimate without Cygwin

What are the advantages or disadvantages of using GNU/Linux utilities on Windows 7 via Cygwin as opposed to making use of Windows 7 Ultimate SUA (Subsystem for UNIX-based applications) support ...
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Permanently set `find` regextype

GNU find allows the use of different regex formats via the -regextype option, but as far as I can tell I have to type out -regextype <whatever> every single time which is onerous. If one wants ...
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Can gnu screen prompt for a title when a new window is created?

There are a number of questions about automatically naming screen windows based on what's running in them. But sometimes why you created the window is more important than what you're doing in it. ...
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Move numbers in a filename to the start

I have several files in a folder, with names in the form: SOMETEXT1 number SOMETEXT2.mp3, or SOMETEXT number.mp3. I want to rename these to number SOMETEXT SOMETEXT2.mp3, or number SOMETEXT.mp3. Using ...
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Does a successful exit of rsync -acvvv s d guarantee identical directory trees?

I have two volumes, one xfs, and another ntfs - ntfs was empty, and xfs had 10 subitems. I needed to sync them. I initially copied a few of the subitems by dragging them over in a gui fm. Several of ...
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Difference between find -name with and w/o quotes?

I was going to file a bug to findutils on gnu.org when I saw a notice that asked me whether I knew the difference between these two commands: find -name *.c and find -name "*.c" I use find ...