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Undo an “rm -rf ~” command?

I had a folder I didn't want named '~', so from the command line I typed rm -rf ~ and accidentally deleted my home folder (since ~ resolved to /home/username). Is there any way back or do I ...
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How to move all files from current directory to upper directory?

How to move all files from current directory to upper directory in linux? I tried something like mv *.*, but it doesn't work.
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Finding the process that is using a certain port in Linux

I'd like to be able to find out which process is currently using a certain port in Linux. Is there any way to do this?
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Aptitude vs. apt-get: Which is the recommended (aka the “right”) tool to use?

Some time ago I read that aptitude is the preferred tool for installation on Debian-based systems. But when you search around on how to administer a Debian-based system, then aptitude is rarely ...
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Linux utility for finding the largest files/directories [closed]

I'm looking for a program to show me which files/directories occupy the most space, something like: 74% music \- 60% music1 \- 14% music2 12% code 13% other I know that it's possible in KDE3, but ...
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What is the difference between executing a bash script and sourcing a bash script?

What is the difference between executing a bash script like A and sourcing a bash script like B? A >./myscript B >source myscript
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How to copy symbolic links?

I have directory that contains some symbolic links: user@host:include$ find .. -type l -ls 4737414 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 13 Dec 9 13:47 ../k0607-lsi6/camac -> ../../include 4737415 ...
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How do I get Java support on Google Chrome in Linux?

Is there a way to run Linux Google Chrome with Java support?
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How to install local .deb packages with apt-get

Is there a way to install packages store on your HD with apt-get, like a "apt-get install ./package.deb ? If not how to handle the dependencies in a very very easy way.
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What to do when Ctrl + C can't kill a process?

Ctrl + C doesn't always work to kill the current process (for instance, if that process is busy in certain network operations). In that case, you just see "^C" by your cursor and can't do much else. ...
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If I know the PID number of a process, how can I get its name?

If I have the PID number for a process (on a UNIX machine), how can I find out the name of its associated process? What do I have to do?
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What is the Linux command to find out hardware info?

I need to find out hardware information for the below items under Linux: CPU (and cores) CPU speed Memory Hard disks OS version Any advice?
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How can I determine what process has a file open in Linux?

I'd like to determine what process has ownership of a lock-file. The lock-files are simply a file with a specific name that has been created. So, how can I determine what process has a particular ...
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Is “ps -u” Really a Bad Syntax?

IMHO ps -u shows a very useful output, much better than ps -u $USER: $ ps -u Warning: bad syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See /usr/share/doc/procps-3.2.8/FAQ USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY ...
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How to check which timezone in Linux?

Is there a way to check which time zone I'm currently in on Linux?
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Test if a port on a remote system is reachable (without telnet)

In the old days, we used telnet to see if a port on a remote host was open: telnet hostname port would attempt to connect to any port on any host and give you access to the raw TCP stream. These ...
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Remove a certain line from Bash history file

How can I remove a certain line from history's database?
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What are the functions of the BIOS while the operating system is running?

I always wondered whether the BIOS (apart from conducting POST, starting the bootloader and passing control to the OS after one presses the power button) has any purpose or function while the ...
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How do I perform commands in another folder, without repeating the folder path?

Is there a clever way to do copy and move operations or a command to duplicate a file, without having to do a cd, then mv after, at the same folder? For example, I have to run the following: mv ...
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How to find the executable files under a certain directory in linux?

How to find the executable files under a certain directory in linux?
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How is Linux not prone to viruses, malware and those kinds of things?

How is Linux protected against viruses? This question was a Super User Question of the Week. Read the blog entry for more details or contribute to the blog yourself
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Why would you `cat /dev/null > /var/log/messages`?

On this bash scripting example page the author presents this script: # Cleanup # Run as root, of course. cd /var/log cat /dev/null > messages cat /dev/null > wtmp echo "Log files cleaned up." ...
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What is the difference between yum, apt-get, rpm, ./configure && make install?

I am new to Linux and am running CentOS. I have come across four ways to update or install software. So far, I've seen: yum install [program] apt-get install [program] rpm -i [program].rpm wget ...
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How to remove a symbolic link to a directory?

I made a symbolic link with the following commmand: ln -s ../test5 I want to remove it now but my rm fails: $ rm -Rf test5/ rm: cannot remove `test5/': Not a directory $ rm test5/ rm: cannot ...
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How to specify level of compression when using tar -zcvf?

I gzip directories very often at work. What I normally do is tar -zcvf file.tar.gz /path/to/directory Is there a way to specify the compression level here? I want to use the best compression ...
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Unix/Linux find and sort by date modified

How can I do a simple find which would order the results by most recently modified? Here is the current find I am using (I am doing a shell escape in PHP, so that is the reasoning for the variables): ...
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How to synchronize the home folder between multiple computers?

I have three computers at home, and would like to have the /home/ folder tree synchronized between the three. Any files/folders (except those hidden) that are modified/added/removed in one of the ...
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What's like OSX's pbcopy for Linux

In a terminal in OSX I can pipe output to pbcopy and then go into a web browser and paste it. I tried this in Linux with xcopy but when I switch to the browser it just overwrites the clipboard with ...
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How to make new file permission inherit from the parent directory?

I have a directory called data. Then I am running a script under the user id 'robot'. robot writes to the data directory and update files inside. The idea is data is open for both me and robot to ...
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Get a list of Open Ports in Linux

I need a Linux command to list all free open ports for use in an application lsof -i TCP| fgrep LISTEN Does not seen to be helping as the Ports it lists are not necessarily free for use. How do I ...
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Is Unix not a PC operating system? [closed]

I am doing my bachelor's degree at a university. In a written assignment, the professor posted the task: "Name three PC operating systems". Well, I went on an included a variety of OSes (Linux, ...
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How to start GUI linux programs from the command line, but separate from the command line?

I've searched for this before, but have never been able to find an answer. In Windows, if I have a console window open, type winmine, and press enter, Minesweeper will appear, completely separate ...
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Linux: find out what process is using all the RAM?

Before actually asking, just to be clear: yes, I know about disk cache, and no, it is not my case :) Sorry, for this preamble :) I'm using CentOS 5. Every application in the system is swapping ...
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How can I open a file read-only from command line with emacs/vi/vim

Is there a way to tell emacs/vi/vim (from the command line) that I want to view the file in view-mode or read-only. I know how to open a file as read only if emacs/vi/vim is already running.
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Tmux - move pane to new window

I know that it's possible in Tmux to 'join' a window as a pane, but is it possible to move a pane to it's own window (tab)? I tried searching it up the man page but couldn't find it. I guess it is ...
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Cross-platform file system

I would like my external drives to be readable and writable from Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. FAT32 works, but the 4 GB file size limit is a showstopper these days. Are there any alternatives?
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Automatically mount external drives to /media/LABEL on boot without a user logged in?

This question is similar, but kind of the opposite of what I want. I want external USB drives to be mounted automatically at boot, without anyone logged in, to locations like /media/<label>. I ...
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Read the contents of a zipped file without extraction? [duplicate]

How can I see the contents of a particular file in an archive without extracting the .zip it is contained within? I'm using the Linux command line.
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How can I tunnel all of my network traffic through SSH?

Whenever I'm using the internet from an insecure location (such as public wifi) I like to use an ssh tunnel (ssh -D port host) to ensure my traffic can't be sniffed. Unfortunately, there seem to be ...
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Untar, ungz, gz, tar - how do you remember all the useful options?

I am pretty sure I am not the only one with the following problem: every time I need to uncompress a file in *nix I can't remember all the switches, and end up googling it, which is surprizing ...
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How can I avoid SSH's host verification for known hosts?

I get the following prompt everytime I try to connect a server using SSH. I type "yes", but is there a way to aovid this? The authenticity of host '111.222.333.444 (111.222.333.444)' can't be ...
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Checking what PHP version I'm running on Linux?

I'm running Centos 5 and I need to know what version of PHP I'm running, is there a command for this which I can run?
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How do I exit an SSH connection?

I’m connecting to a server via SSH to send a message to a socket server using a command like: ssh 181.169.1.2 -p 5566 After the connection is established and I write the message and send it I ...
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Manually closing a port from commandline

I want to close an open port which is in listening mode between my client and server application. Is there any manual command line option in Linux to close a port ?? NOTE: I came to know that "only ...
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How do I add a user to multiple groups in Ubuntu?

What's the command line utility and the arguments it requires?
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How does /proc/* work?

There are many files in /proc, like /proc/cpuinfo, /proc/meminfo, /proc/devices and so on, which, when opened, return system information. These files do not seem to have any existence in reality, as ...
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How to have Linux ls command show second in time stamp

Something annoying about ls -l command is it shows only hour and minute for a file(like 08:30). How can I see the second portion(like 08:30:44)? man 1 ls and search for 'second' does not give any ...
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Permission denied when accessing VirtualBox shared folder when member of the vboxsf group

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 (guest) on Windows 7 (host) with the guest additions installed. I have an auto-mount folder that maps to my D: drive on the host which I can access using sudo ls ...
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Is a file system just the layout of folders?

I have used Windows since childhood, and when I hear the phrase "Windows filesystem" I think of directories (folders) within directories, a folder called SYSTEM, a folder called PROGRAM FILES etc. Is ...
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Linux / OS X tar incompatibility – tarballs created on OS X give errors when untarred in Linux

When I tar up files on my Macbook and untar them in Linux, I repeatedly get the following warnings/errors: tar: Ignoring unknown extended header keyword `SCHILY.ino' tar: Ignoring unknown extended ...