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Is there a way to show notification from bash script in Ubuntu?

Most of the application can show nicely formatted notification on events that appear on top right corner of the screen. I'm about to write a bash script that will do fairy long processing in the ...
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How do I get out my embedded Windows 8+ key from a Linux environment?

I have seen other SuperUser questions on this topic: How to find Windows 8 product key? | How to find Windows 8 OEM product key? However, all of the answers assume you have Windows 8 running. I've ...
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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 ...
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What does load average mean in unix/linux?

If I run uptime, I get something like this: 10:50:30 up 366 days, 23:27, 1 user, load average: 1.27, 2.06, 1.54 What do those numbers on the end mean? The man page tells me it's "the load ...
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What is a simple way to let a command run for 5 minutes? [duplicate]

Is there an easy way to let a specific command (only terminable through Ctrl-C) run for 5 minutes automatically? For example: minute-command 5-minutes ping www.google.com or any other command that ...
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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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What's the easiest way to sniff TCP traffic data on Linux?

I want a simple way to show all the TCP data (not the TCP headers or anything else) going over any interface on my Linux box. For instance, I want a magical command that if I do: ...
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Top causes of slow ssh logins

I'd love for one of you smart and helpful folks to post a list of common causes of delays during an ssh login. Specifically, there are 2 spots where I see a range from instantaneous to multi-second ...
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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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What does the 'rc' in `.bashrc`, etc. mean?

Well, this is embarrassing. I feel like I just realised I don't know a loyal colleague's name after working with them for 10 years. "Hey, er... *cough!*, thanks for that great job you did on setting ...
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Add permanent SSL certificate exception in Chrome (Linux)

I have a problem with a website that has an SSL certificate which doesn't correspond to the website domain. Chrome gives me a warning for this website (and rightly so), which I have to ignore ...
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Alternative for “tail -f” that follows filename

I have some logs being generated using a timed rotating file logger. This logs to a file called tool.log, and at midnight, moves this to tool.log.<date> and starts a new tool.log. I have a tail ...
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Case Insensitive search from find command?

I am not able to figure out how can I do case-insensitive search using the find command. I tried find . -name -i pattern And it does not work.
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ffmpeg: create a video from images

Is it possible to use ffmpeg create a video from a set of sequences, where the number does not start from zero? For example, I have some images [test_100.jpg, test_101.jpg, test_102.jpg, ..., ...
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Bash: Display each sub-directory size in a list format using 1 line command?

I want to get a list of the directories and their sizes in a list format like how you get when you do a ls -l. The thing is that is there a one line command that can do this? I see others have long ...
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What does the dot mean at the end of `-rw-r--r--`? How do you set it with `chmod`?

I see that some of the files in my directories under Linux have a . at the end of the permissions listing. What does the dot mean at the end of -rw-r--r--? How do you set it with chmod?
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scp between two remote hosts from my (third) pc

I have two remote hosts. host1-> 10.3.0.1 host2-> 10.3.0.2 Both run an ssh server. The ssh server listens on port 22 in host1 and on port 6969 in host2. Now, using my local machine, I need to copy ...
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How to check the health of a hard drive

My SATA drive started clicking and I was unable to access the data. It was not clicking loudly though, like a drive that has already gone bad. After tightening the connections to the hard drive, it ...
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How to “unextract” a zip file?

I extracted a zip file into a non-empty folder. The zip file has lots of files and a deep hierarchy, that merged with the existing tree of the target directory. How can I remove the files and ...
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check the physical health of a USB stick in Linux

How to check the health status of a USB stick? How do I know that a USB is broken beyand repair, or repairable?
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VirtualBox to use dual monitors

I am am running Kubuntu Hardy Heron, with a dual monitor setup, and have VirtualBox on it running Windows XP in seamless mode. My problem is, I can't get virtualbox to extend to the second monitor. ...
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How to upload one file by FTP from command line?

I need to upload a single file to FTP server from Ubuntu. This operation should be done in a script (in non-interactive mode). What is the right syntax for ftp? I'm trying this, to no avail: $ ftp ...
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How do I unzip a tar gz archive to a specific destination?

I want to unpack a .tar.gz file to a specific directory. The archive file is in /root/Documents. I want to unzip it into /root/Desktop/folder. The folder structure in zipped file should be preserved ...
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What is the conventional install location for applications in Linux?

I'm currently installing NetBeans, and the default install directory is /home/thomasowens/netbeans-6.8. I'm not a fan of that location, so I'm looking at /etc, /bin, /usr/bin, and /sbin. Does Linux ...
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When should I use /dev/shm/ and when should I use /tmp?

When should I use /dev/shm/ and when should I use /tmp? Can I always rely on them both being there on Unices?
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How do you configure a Windows machine for a Linux user? [closed]

How do you configure a Windows (preferably latest version) machine for a Linux power user, so that s/he can get most out of it?
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less is more? Is more less? I'm so confused

When I first heard their names, I got really confused when I tried to guess what these tools might do, I thought I'd misheard something. What's the difference between more and less, i.e. why ...
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What is this dm-0 device?

While poking around trying to figure out why a Linux -> Linux file transfer is running slower than I think it should, I stumbled across something I'm not familiar with. /dev/dm-0 seems to be my ...
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How to recover a removed file under Linux?

By accident, I used rm on a file I didn't want to delete. Is there a way that I can get it back under Linux?
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How can I know the absolute path of a running process?

If I have multiple copies of the same app on the disk, and only one is running, as I can see with ps, how can I know the absolute path to distinguish from the others?
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Linux unzip command: Option to force overwrite?

I am writing a shell script that unzips a ZIP file into an existing hierarchy of files, potentially overwriting some of the files. The problem is that the unzip command asks for confirmation: replace ...
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How to throttle bandwidth on a Linux network interface?

Is there a way to constrain the bandwidth on a NIC in linux? I'd like to be able to simulate an arbitrarily slow connection.
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What is $* and $# in Linux?

What do the following environment variables in Linux mean? What is $* (dollar sign followed by an asterisk)? What is $# (dollar sign next to a hash mark/number sign/octothorpe/pound sign)?
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Best way to transfer files over a LAN between two Linux computers

I want to transfer files (a music folder) between two Linux computers. After searching for the best way to do this, I've seen that there are lots of ways of doing this. I know this has been asked a ...
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show keys pressed in linux

in windows there is a program called keyboard jedi that shows what keys are pressed on the keyboard. is there an equivalent for linux?
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How do you check how much power a USB port can deliver?

Some laptops have a special USB port that can deliver more power than the other ones. However it is not always easy to identify which one is the good one, nor how much power it can deliver. So is ...
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Linux - Mount device with specific user rights

How can I mount a device with specific user rights on start up? I still have some problems figuring it out. I would like to mount the divide with uid=1000 and gid=1000. My current entry to the ...
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How to update Google chrome in Ubuntu?

How to update Google chrome in Ubuntu?
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What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, Debian and Android?

What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, and Debian? I suspect they are all Operating Systems that are based upon one another - similar to how Windows is based on DOS. Is my suspicion ...
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How do you redirect wget to standard out?

I have a crontab that wgets a PHP page every five minutes (just to run some the PHP code), and I want to send the output to standard out. I couldn't find it in the wget manual. I'm looking for ...
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If I buy a computer with Windows 8 and Secure Boot, will I still be able to install Linux?

I've heard a lot about how Microsoft is implementing UEFI Secure Boot in Windows 8. Apparently it prevents "unauthorized" bootloaders from running on the computer, to prevent malware. There's a ...
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logrotate configuration file syntax - multiple wildcard entries possible?

Since the man page doesn't answer my question and I don't want to force a rotation cycle, I decided to ask the question here. The man page for logrotate gives the following example: ...
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How to add a command in vim editor?

If suppose my source code file name is "foo.c". While editing and debugging i always execute this command:- :!gcc -g foo.c -o foo;gdb foo Can I add a custom command to Vim such that If i type ...
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How do I log out of `sudo su`?

I'm using sudo su to start mysql and do some homework with it. When I finish with mysql (or any other command), then I'm still in sudo. How do I "log out", so my prompt changes back from # to $?
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PuTTY Network Error: Software caused connection abort

I have a strange problem: When I'm using PuTTY with SSH connecting to a Linux server hosted in VMware on my local Windows 7, I often get the error saying "Network error: Software caused ...
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How do file permissions apply to symlinks?

Let's say you have this structure: + directory -- file1 -- file2 -- file3 -> /tmp/file3 file3 is a link to another file3 somewhere else on the system. Now let's say I chmod 777 the directory ...
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What is the equivalent of Linux's “~” (tilde) in Windows?

In Linux, we can go to the user home by entering the tilde (~) character after cd: cd ~ How to do the same in Windows? Each time, I need to type: cd C:\Document and Settings\freewind That's too ...
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How can I recursively copy files by file extension, preserving directory structure?

At the Linux command line, I'd like to copy a (very large) set of .txt files from one directory (and its subdirectories) to another. I need the directory structure to stay intact, and I need to ...
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Better Ubuntu Fonts

I have been using Ubuntu for a while. I like it. I like it a lot. But once in a while, when I switch to Windows, I feel better because I really like the font. It feels really much pleasant to watch ...
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What's a good solution for file-tagging in linux?

I've been looking for a way to tag my files and search/filter them based on those tags. Here are my (updated) requirements : any file readable by the user can be tagged freely a user can search ...