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Installing Ubuntu on an External Drive

I am trying to install ububtu on an external drive. I am a programmer who wants to start using Linux. I downloaded the usb installer from the ubuntu website and followed all the steps. But when ...
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dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/python2.6-minimal_2.6.6-5ubuntu1_i386.deb (--unpack)

I had an issue (Question 199582) which was resolved. Unfortunately I am stuck at this point now. Running root@X100e:/var/cache/apt/archives# apt-get dist-upgrade Reading package lists... Done ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 Keyboard and Mouse Freezing Problem

I had a partition setup with Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.04 dual booting. I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04 by installing fresh from CD but leaving the previous /home folder as is. Things seemed to be ...
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Moving from Vista to Linux

I am interested in changing the Operating system on an old laptop of mine from Vista to Linux. Problem is I don't know anything about Linux. I have been told Fedora is a good distribution for me to ...
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Being inside multiple window managers at the same time

I'm in Gnome but if I logout I can get to a menu where I can choose KDE as well as other window managers. The problem is I have a program that's running inside Gnome and I don't want to stop it. Is ...
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Linux distribution with good OSS support

I hate the Linux audio systems. It's a mess, everyone knows about it, no one tries to fix it. Anyway, OSS is my choice usually since it supports my sound card, it works just perfectly. Almost no ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu from another Linux system? (Gentoo in my case)

Is it possible to install Ubuntu NBR on a harddisk that is currently installed in another Linux system (Gentoo in my case). I want to reinstall my Media Center and Home Router (running Ubuntu NBR ...
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How long will badblocks -vws run?

I'm running badblocks -vws /dev/sda on a new 80GB laptop drive to make sure the disk is good. So far it's completed 2 passes and is working on it's third. How many passes does it normally make?
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Running a Linux virtual machine on Windows 7

I want to do two things: Set up a virtual machine on Windows 7 to run Ubuntu Set up a way for the virtual machine to read the windows disk or windows to have read/write access to the virtual ...
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Quiz software for Linux

I'm looking for some software for Linux which will allow me to write and take my own quizzes. I want to have a way to test people about their technical knowledge. I'm looking for free software... any ...
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ubuntu 64 or 32 bit for macbook/vps?

i've got macbook pro and wonder if i should use 64 or 32 bits ubuntu server? and then i've got a vps not hosted by med. how do i know what version to choose? how do you check how many bits your cpu ...
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Continue process after closing terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Leave bash script running on remote terminal while not logged in? Recently, I tried to unzip a 30 gig zip file on a remote system using Putty. As the long unzipping ...
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how to stop bash from printing alerts?

When killing a process with kill -9 $PID &>/dev/null in a script, a message is still printed to the terminal after the next command terminates. How do you stop this behaviour? For example ...
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Linux: file recovery

I desperately need some help regarding problem I am facing now. While creating a softlink for a very important file I gave the reverse command by mistake. Instead of giving it "ln target linkname" I ...
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How would I do this in a unix system?

I need to locate all of the file system objects below the /sbin directory that include a period (.) somewhere in the object’s name, but not objects that begin with a leading period.
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Why won't ubuntu on a wireless internet connection work with Panera bread or other hotspots

I currently am running Ubuntu 9.04 and have a wireless card installed with the correct driver. When I try to connect to a public hotspot sometimes the connection works and sometimes it doesn't. Do ...
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Any free download manager for Linux compatible with Chromium [closed]

Right now I have no other choice but to open the desired link in Firefox and then download it with DownThemAll! It would be great to find an alternative to DownThemAll! for Chrome.
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Linux: Redirect Local USB Keyboard To Remote Shell

(Discalimer: totally unfamiliar with Linux) Is there a way to redirect the local standard input (USB keyboard plugged into a headless, ARM-based Sheevaplug running Linux debian 2.6.22.18) to a remote ...
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Linux urldecode filename

Is there any tool to urldecode a file's name and replace it? Example: $ ls hello%20world.txt $ urldecode *.txt $ ls hello world.txt
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Grub command line opening when selecting Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu using Wubi. Everything was working file when yesterday, I opened the Update Center and installed all the necessary updates. Now when I restart my machine and it prompts the dual ...
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“No space left on device” after resizing partition

I decided to resize the partition on my storage drive (with gparted), all seemed to go well but now when I try to create directories or copy files to the drive I get a "No space left on device" error. ...
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Java install on Ubuntu?

i'm new to linux and i was trying to install the java JDK with EE on ubuntu. I downloaded the .bin file (java_ ee_ sdk-5_08-jdk-6u17-linux.bin) from the sun site & followed the install ...
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Open Microsoft Publisher Document on Linux

I'm pretty sure the options consist of Just don't do it (use a nice open standard file format). Not great when someone sends you something. Translate the format on Windows. I think you need ...
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What is the best way to clone a Linux partition onto a smaller partition?

I've currently got an 80 GB RAID 0 (yes, I know, that's why I'm changing it...) ext3 Linux device that's about 80% free, and I want to change it to a 40 GB ext4 partition using one of ...
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Kubuntu 9.04 - Can't drag application from one screen to another in multi monitor setup

I have a new install of Kubuntu 9.04. I installed the ati drivers. fglrxinfo display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: ATI FirePro V3750 (FireGL) ...
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How do I get a network printer installed in ubuntu 9.04?

My girlfriend's work computer now has Linux on one of the partitions, and for the most part it's running fine--except that I can't seem to get the network printers configured right. There are two of ...
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where are my gnome user settings?

I had a gnome session die on me in the middle of setting some display options. Now, I get a blank screen when I log in with this particular user. I tried removing all the .gnome and .gconf ...
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Hanging on “Scanning for Harddisk partitions and creating /etc/fstab” when trying to install Damn Small Linux

Following a suggestion made before, I'm trying to use UNetbootin to install Damn Small Linux on a Windows computer. I'd like to reformat the entire HD and install Linux on it. I installed UNetbootin ...
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How can my home server accept and reply to connections from the Internet when OpenVPN client is running?

I have a headless home server running Ubuntu Server 12.04. A 3rd party website (to which I'm subscribed) periodically sends commands to a daemon on my home server which in turn responds to the 3rd ...
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Overriding DNS in peer-peer fashion

I frequently have the problem that I am on a local network where DNS is done by routers I have no control over. I often want to send files or data between two of my devices on the same subnet, but ...
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Switching Distros while keeping /home

Curious question, is it possible to switch to another distro while keeping your home directory if you have the partitions on separate disks? Currently I am running fedora and want to change to Manjaro ...
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Owncloud in subdirectoy on arch + nginx + uwsgi

After several system updates of my Arch linux server, the owncloud web interface it is hosting stopped working. Unfortunately I noticed it only recently and I can't really go back to working system ...
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Is the Linux install procedure the same on a VM as it is on a physical machine?

I'm a Windows user, but have been considering a switch to Linux. My aim is to make this transition as smooth as possible, so to that end, I've been thinking of creating a Virtual Machine and run a ...
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Installing firmware with samsung magician dc

I am trying to get Samsung magican DC to work on my linux (linux mint 17 xfce) computer. I downloaded samsung magician dc from here. Then I downloaded the firmware update files from this page (under ...
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Links SSL Error

What version of links does the user called "bytepool" have that he's able to find this workaround? Refer to link below. How to tell `links` to ignore expired SSL certificate and proceed? He writes ...
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Configure Locales on Debian

I have a problem to generate the Locales on my server (Debian 7.5 stable (Wheezy) (64bits)). When I run, as a root: dpkg-reconfigure locales And select en_US.UTF-8, I get the following logs: perl: ...
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OpenSSH server refuses to accept key authentication unless logged into server locally

My server is running Ubuntu-Server and ahs OpenSSH-Server installed on it. I set up the /etc/ssh/sshd_config file to accept and require rsa keys, it looks for keys in the 'AuthorizedKeys ...
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Why is “source <(cmd)” working but not “$(cmd)”

I want to have a script to call with params which adds some aliases to my current shell. The aliases have to be builded in respect to the calling parameters and the current directory from where I ...
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Why is a mounted NTFS partition not showing up in the Linux file manager?

The internal hard disk on my computer has three NTFS Windows partitions (Win 7 main, boot, and recovery), and several Ext4 Linux Partitions (Mint and swap). I'm temporarily doing most of my work on ...
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How to proceed after creating software RAID 1 array on Linux

So, I've created a RAID 1 array using two 500 GB hard drives. I used a Linux Mint Boot Disk, and then used mdadm to create the RAID 1 array using 2 hard drives, each which has a single primary ...
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Permissions in Chain of Program Execution

I have a Java program that writes some files to /tmp and invokes some python processes. I'm wondering if both the Java program and the python processes have the same permissions as the user that ...
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Configuring IPv6 on Debian - Global temporary address

My mac generates a daily temporary ipv6 for outbound connection usage, is there something similar that's available on Debian? Thank you! -Pablo
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X11 Forwarding Failure only on a Single Server

I have two computers: PC1 and PC2. Both are running identical installation of Debian Wheezy with latest updates. The installation on PC2 were taken from PC1 using tar. The only differences between PC1 ...
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ssh 2 different computers behind same router and modem?

well I have been following every rule out there on Forwarding. I currently have 2 computers, lets call it Computer DOG and Computer CAT. I can ssh into DOG from outside my network perfectly. I went ...
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Where to download missing libc.so.6

I recently accidentally deleted the file /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6. This file is needed by most programs, so my computer is basically broken and I can only access the hard drive through a live ...
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Backup a programming directory

I have a directory with many compiled C programs that I would like to back up. Right now they are named program.out but I would like to change this to just program. Would it still be possible to ...
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For my own DNS server, “dig … @ip-address” works, but “dig … @domainname” does not

I've recently begun virtualizing servers - one of which is a DNS server running BIND 9 on Debian 7. My DHCP server correctly issues it as the primary DNS for the network, but I get the following ...
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bash: Use columns separate in an array

Is it possible to put columns separate in arrays, not as a line but as a column. I need to access the lines sequentially. I have one file, but in this example, the files are divided into columns and ...
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How can I recursively identify non-searchable PDFs and copy them to a folder?

Further to an earlier post which provided a script solution: From my question it may be possible to tell that I am a computer user and have no programming knowledge. I have hundreds of searchable ...
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Fastest way to copy 1TB safely over the wire [duplicate]

I want to transmit a 1TB file over the internet. I have control over both machines (sender unix, receiver linux). I can open FTP, OpenVPN, NFS, ... So far resuming for some reason is not stable on ...