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Send bitmap screen output directly to a file

The question Linux program for HTML/JS wallpaper got me thinking... is there a way to open an application so that the raster output which would otherwise be displayed on the screen is rendered as a ...
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Set an HTML page as the wallpaper on Linux

I want to set an HTML file with JavaScript as my wallpaper on Linux. I'm running Openbox, how can I set it up so this is my desktop background?
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Linux syslog says “ata11: link is slow to respond” for my new HDD

I built a new machine with the following hardware (at least the relevant parts): Asus P8P67 Deluxe Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX 750W Power Supply (so there's plenty ...
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Unix tools: what if a file is named minus something?

I'm always wondering: most GNU/Unix tools take options in the form "minus something", sometimes followed by an argument. What if you got a file named minus something? $ ls -f $ rm -f $ ls -f $ mv -f ...
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Connection stays alive but endpoint is dead?

Does anyone have an idea what would cause a TCP connection (client side) to stay in the ESTABLISHED state for about 24 hours, even though the server was restarted? The client process stays on the ...
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More Linux permissions questions

I've read countless articles on the topic and searched through every question and answer I could find without any luck. I'm slowly going mad so I'm turning to you guys since I know the answer to my ...
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urxvt vim transparent colorscheme

I have urxvt running in real transparency mode using xcompmgr. Everything looks great but I would like my vim colorscheme to respect the transparency setting. Is this possible?
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How to make GNOME 3 use suspend-hybrid?

How can I make GNOME 3 use pm-suspend-hybrid instead of pm-suspend when closing the lid or using suspend from the menu?
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'cache swap' filesystem for SSD/HDD combo?

As we all know, Solid State Drives (SSD) are expensive ($/Gb) but they are quick to access. I'm wondering if there exists a sort of software-kernel-level 'cache swap' filesystem technology; the idea ...
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Convert video into format which is most likely playable on a windows system

I have some flv and mp4 videos, which I need to convert to a format which is playable on an a Windows Vista system (for a presentation). The problem is, that I cannot test the videos on the system on ...
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Combining files in .tar file in Linux

I have a problem with zipping files in .tar file in Linux, but the challange is that when we extract .tar file it shouldn't give us a folder containing files which are zipped . It should give just ...
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bash tab autocomplete feature

I would like a bash autocomplete feature that would cycle through all the possibilities, like in zsh, while also doing the usual operation, which is to print all the possibilities, assuming there ...
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dual monitor ubuntu issue

I've recently added to my computer a graphic card I was given in order to have the ability to use a second screen. I think the card is recognised because if I go to System->Administration-> Nvidia X ...
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editing PDFs (find and replace ' ')

What method/program could I use to perform a find and replace to turn ' ' into ' ' in a PDF file? I can use either linux or windows solution. EDIT: The addon for OpenOffice Draw to access ...
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Get display resolution from the command line for Linux Desktop

I'm looking for a method of reporting display resolution. I want to set up scripts to launch rdesktop, and I want to launch it on several machines with different resolutions, so I want a way to ...
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Netbeans doesn't show up after being installed as root

I installed netbeans in Ubuntu Linux 11.04 as root. It installed completely but after logging out as root and logging in as a normal administrator, Netbeans doesn't show in applications and neither ...
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Running ps with clauses as AND instead of OR

I am looking to see if a specific process is running as a specific user. For which I can do this ps --no-headers -C command -o user | grep user Which is pretty neat, it however gets slightly ugly ...
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How can I print individual characters on pre-desktop system log screen in linux at first log message?

I want customize the booting to display a message character by character in the system log display that appears before the desktop login. If I make my own kernel module to do the printing, how can I ...
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Is the zero exit status different to that of boolean logic when using the Linux shell?

I understand that if I execute a command in the shell with the ampersand operators e.g. command1&&command2 and should the first command execute successfully it does so with a zero exit status. ...
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GMail expands. Now I cannot access it over my satellite Internet connection

About Thursday, GMail expanded its users' emailboxes to 10 Gb each from the former 7.5 Gb. Very nice. The trouble is, I cannot really use my GMail any longer. It suddenly does not work for me. I ...
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Installing Linux

I have downloaded Kernel 3.3.4 for Linux. I need to actually get the OS. What is the most current version of Linux that uses this kernel and where can I get it from?
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Backing up root filesystem

I've recently installed an SSD to my system and moved part of my Linux installation to it. To be on the safe side, I want to backup my whole root filesystem with rsync (just a clone, no versioning, no ...
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how to extract string from text using shell script

i have the following text A shell script is a (script) written for "the shell", or command line interpreter, of an operating system. The shell is [often] considered a "simple" domain-specific ...
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Why is GNU shred faster than dd when filling a drive with random data?

While securely erasing a hard drive before decommissioning I noticed, that dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda takes nearly a whole day, whereas shred -vf -n 1 /dev/sda only takes a couple of hours with ...
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Time is getting reset to old value in CentOS 6.2

I have installed CentOS 6.2 in a VM on ESX & whenever I change the time to the appropriate value using date & hwclock command it's getting changed for that session. Once I restart the instance ...
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How to restore ubuntu backup?

I try to find a solution for my problem. I spent 3 days working, searching on this. My story: In 2010, i had installed ubuntu and windows 7. After half a year i made a backup with Acronis Boot CD, ...
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Bridging two wireless NICs in Debian - network unreachable

I'm trying to make a DIY wireless repeater using old hardware and Debian, but I'm encountering some difficulties (more details below). Hardware: EeePC 900 w/Atheros wireless card (kernel driver ...
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Java Runtime Environment on OpenSuse 12.1 - which one to choose?

I'm running OpenSUSE 12.1 and want to use Java Runtime enviroment v. 1.6. They ask for an ssh-key. Which package should I take: the proprietary or the open source one? How would you install it? Via ...
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Checking how/where a path gets mounted from

I mounted a network share (CIFS) long time back to be mounted into a specific folder. Now I don't even have that folder mapped anywhere in /etc/fstab. I'm also mostly sure I mounted it manually (not ...
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Fedora 16 is not retrieving the mirror list

I have Fedora 16 installed. It gives me some errors/warnings when updating, and installing software through yum. Could not retrieve mirrorlist ...
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Change the default aplication when I plug in an iPhone on Linux Mint

How can I change the default applications that start on my Linux Mint, when I plug in an iPhone? Currently, what is happening is that banshee starts in couple of instances & crushes. I basically ...
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Is it true that if I have 4GB RAM - Red Hat automatically installs a PAE kernel?

And if so, is there a way to "downgrade" to the regular kernel?
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How to resume simulations running in background?

I am running long-term transient simulations on a server. For making them to run in background, I use the command nohup from the netlist folder of the corresponding schematic. Tonight they got ...
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Why I have to type “./” always before an executable to execute it in Linux?

When I compile e.g. x.c by: GCC x.c -o x To execute result I have to write: ./x And just typing: x Fails with this message: x: command not found This means Linux does not search current ...
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I tell fsck to fix USB stick, it says “Leaving file system unchanged.”

So I run fsck, and it reports FATs differ but appear to be intact. Use which FAT ? 1) Use first FAT 2) Use second FAT Choosing either one gives a long list of errors like Cluster 1471730 out of ...
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Pairing bluetooth mouse with two system on same computer

I have a Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000 paired to my notebook under Windows via Bluetooth. However I have a Linux installation as well (openSUSE 12.1) and I thought I could make that mouse work ...
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Broken motherboard hardware mirror - getting data from the hdd or from its image

I got a computer (Windows 2003 server) with broken motherboard. The board using an onboard hardware raid and have 2 HDDs in mirror configuration. Trying to find a replacement board will take some ...
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Executable can't find correct files when called via symbolic link

I made a symbolic link to an executable with ln -s /usr/bin/mydir/myexec /usr/bin/myexec When I executed myexec in Bash, it does not load the proper files which are located in the original myexec's ...
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Linux mint GRUB issue

I installed linux mint 12 and when I restared 'No such partition ' messgae came and entered into 'Grub rescue' mode.I entered commands and booted successfully. How to repair GRUB now? Because ...
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Clean install of Fedora17 and keeping current home directory

HP Mini 210 Fedora 16 Hello, I have downloaded the recent F17 Beta live CD and would like to install it. Normally, when I install I always select the following custom partitions: /boot /swap ...
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Issue pushing file from linux to windows with smbclient

I have a file located on my linux box that is generated by a python script, the file is dropped inside of the /root/ directory My bash script looks like so: #!/bin/bash # Run the HR Data feed cd ...
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How to make mplayer or VLC start playing video at strict time?

I want mplayer and VLC start playing at exact time. Player should: Load video file, buffer it, prepare everything; Wait for UNIX time to be N seconds M milliseconds Start playing according to ...
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Dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu linux from 2 diff hdd? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dual Boot Linux/Windows 7 Dual Boot Windows 7 + Linux on 2 separate SDD + Data HDD I want to install ubuntu on seperate hard drive then my current win 7 and I want to ...
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How to find SATA controller version on Ubuntu laptop. Do I have SATA 1, 2, or 3? I, II, or III?

I'm running Ubuntu on a laptop and am shopping to upgrade to an SSD. Based on the specs for this drive for example, it seems like I should figure out what version of SATA my computer will support ...
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How come cd doesn't work in my shell script?

SOLVED I'm trying to make a shell script on my Linux Amazon-EC2 server that will start my Minecraft server but the cd command says it can't find the directory or file when I try to change to the ...
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Can I do a Master Boot Record fix with a Knoppix 6.1 CD? And How?

I lost the older Knoppix CD , and it seems the features are changing from one version to the next. I want to clear out the MBR (Master Boot Record), but I can't do it. (I am trying to to a windows ...
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How to configure the ANSI colors of the command line terminal

I specifically use bash on Mac OS X, but I think the answer would be Unix-generic. I'm already using ANSI colors, but I'd like to reassign different colors to folders, hidden files, etc. ...
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Protecting against sudo inside shell-scripts, makefiles, etc

Usually, when I run sudo, it will ask me to enter a password the first time and it will remember that I'm authenticated for the next few minutes, until that authentication times out. This leaves a ...
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Unable to connect to thin server on ubuntu

I'm unable to connect to my webserver over the web. I've got an ec2 instance running with ubuntu 11.10 on it. It's running a thin server on port 9292. I can ssh into the ec2 box, and do curl ...
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How can I perform a cron job every minute?

Are the following cron configurations identical? * * * * * 0 * * * * 1 * * * * I'm looking for a configuration that will run the job every minute.