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Dual-monitor setup on Gnome / Nvidia

This issue has been driving me nuts all day... I hope someone can point me in the right direction. Here's the situation overview: Nvidia videocard (Dell Dimension 9200) Freshly installed Fedora 14 ...
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How to search for files with Linux?

Do you know a good way to find a file or content by name recursively similar to the ms-windows function search with Linux? I can do find . | grep test.html suspecting it's not the best. Thanks for any ...
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How to interpret the output of netstat -o / netstat --timers

netstat -o includes some timer information in the output but I haven't found an explanation of the output in the Timer column anywhere. Can anybody explain this or point to an explanation? This ist ...
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What is the fastest way to reload history commands begin with certain characters in linux?

In Dos we can input the first several characters to filter command history and find proper one rapidly. But how to do the same thing in Linux ? for example when I am testing a local server: cd sudo ...
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Is it safe to use the miredo-client?

This is how I can surf websites behind IPv6 networks under Fedora 14 before: ping6 ipv6.google.com connect: Network is unreachable solution: with root just: yum install -y miredo-client sed -i ...
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Clearing terminal

I would like to issue a command from a bash script to clear the terminal it is running from: I don't want to clear the bash history (history -c) I don't want to issue the clear command (which ...
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Playing music from iPod

How can I play music from my iPod using my laptop with ubuntu 10.10 ?
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Fedora12, XP and connection sharing via iptables

Just a quick question ( I Hope ) To find out if what I'm trying is even possible. I am trying to share internet connection with Fedora12 as default gateway and XP machine hooked up via NIC using ...
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Debian 5.0.8 won't detect my ethernet adapter

I'm installing Debian 5.0.8 on a Dell Latitude E6410 using the network install x86 CD. Unfortunately, it won't detect my Ethernet adapter. Specifically, I get the error: No Ethernet card was ...
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Simple Linux tool for timing an http request in milliseconds

I'm looking for a simple tool or built-in command that will allow me to measure with millisecond accuracy the time it takes to fetch a remote web page from a given URL.
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Problem using sudo on cygwin

I am trying to install the python-brisa framework on Linux. When I try to use the sudo command, it gives me the error "command not found". I am running the following commands: $ cd file $ sudo ...
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Searching files for specific words or phrases

I have word like initialize_my_var: in sample.php and I included three library files, take it as a.php, b.php, c.php , I really don't know where my label(initialize_my_var: ) definition is present ...
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ramdisk.img to ramdisk.cpio.gz

I have a ramdisk.img file that I would like to change to ramdisk.cpio.gz, can I simply rename the file or do I have to go through the whole archiving process? If I need to go through the archiving ...
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file -i returns wrong mime type for an mp3 with integrated image-thumbnail

If i enter $ file -i music.mp3 it returns music.mp3: application/octet-stream; charset=binary If i wipe all tags and image in this file it recognises MIME type correctly. music.mp3: audio/mpeg; ...
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If I need to install the latest Java SDK, what apt-get should I install?

I'm on Ubuntu Maverick. There are too many packages when I run apt-cache search java.
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How do I make VirtualBox start when Ubuntu Server starts?

I have VirtualBox and I want to install MS Windows in it. How can I make VirtualBox start when Ubuntu Server does, so that I don't need to manually start Windows?
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ip versus ifconfig

After reading this answer, I began my quest for the difference between ip and ifconfig for *nix systems. I soon learned that ip had "more" features than ifconfig, but what's the real difference? Is ...
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Adjust keyboard repeat rate in linux

I'm making the switch from gnome to xmonad, and one of the customizations I have made in gnome which does not translate over to xmonad is an increased keyboard repeat rate. Is there a more general ...
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limits.conf to set memory limits

I would like to limit any process from using more than 500 MB of RAM. AFAIK this is done using RSS in /etc/security/limits.conf but the process called gnome-panel apparently is using 618436 kB of ...
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How to reset font configuration to default settings?

I have been doing some customization to my ubuntu Box related to font settings. Now all the font settings for whole system have been badly scrambled. I am feeling it very hard to reset all the ...
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How can I optimize ubuntu desktop to run my webserver [closed]

I am using ubuntu desktop edition to run My drupal website on Intranet. I know for running web servers best thing to install is ubuntu server editions, but due to some problem i am using Desktop ...
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How can I find out my WiFi adapter's MAC address on Ubuntu Linux?

What command can I enter in a terminal to find out the MAC address of my WiFi adapter?
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Why is my subnet mask 255.255.255.255?

I have a modem which used for internet broadband and I got an IP address in the 'A' class 10.x.x.x and have netmask 255.255.255.255. What does 255.255.255.255 mean exactly? When I try to sniff with ...
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Cron Tips for not running cron jobs on holidays (the monday of a three day weekend)

We have about a one hundred machine set-up with each machine running cron jobs like starting and stopping services and archiving these services' log files at the end of the day to a centralized ...
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Find libraries a binary was linked against

I know that there is a command that lists me the libs and respective versions a software was linked against. Something with ld or libtool? But I just cannot remember. Spent some time on google but ...
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Adding user to chroot environment

I've created a chroot system in my Ubuntu using schroot and debrootstrap, based on minimal ubuntu. However whenever I can't seem to add a new user into this chroot environment. Here is what happens. ...
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Portable Hard Drive- partitions

I just got my first portable hard drive (WD Elements SE 500GB USB 2.0) and I guess I'll be using it for quite a while. So, I just wanted to ask whether I should or should not partition the hard drive. ...
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Computer freezes upon bringing wireless interface up

I installed a new wireless card in my laptop, replacing a Broadcom 4312 with an Intel 6200 wireless card. Now, whenever I bring the interface up with ifconfig wlan0 up, it freezes. I'm running Arch ...
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How to recursively rename files/folders to make their names Windows-friendly?

I have a bunch of files on a Ubuntu box, which have various characters in their filenames that Windows doesn't accept (mostly ":" and "*", but possibly others). What's the simplest way to get these ...
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Installing Linux, IDE or SATA?

THE QUESTION: Is there an advantage to installing Linux on a SATA or IDE drive? I'm hoping to stream media from this server so would it be best to keep the faster SATA disks for that data? FURTHER ...
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How do I properly stream media from my torrent box *without* transcoding?

I have a torrentbox. The special thing about this torrent box is that it's custom built, it has Windows 7 installed and I have full control over it using TightVNC. At the moment I'm using uTorrent ...
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printing in linux

I've been a linux user for quite some time. But haven't do printing until now. I just wanna ask how to do printing in linux? I have researched a bit on it. I found some $> echo "print me" > ...
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Torrent downloads in multiple OSes

My computer has Ubuntu and Vista and I use both equally. I want to know if it is possible to continue my torrent download from both the OSes. For example, I start a torrent download in Vista using ...
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how to setup a ssh acount with no terminal but port forwarding?

I am trying to set up a new user account I can give to friends so they can SSH into my forward computer, and only allow forwarding of certain ports. I do not want my friends to have a shell, or be ...
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What is the linux equivalent for dos command: dir /s /ah

In DOS, the command dir /s /ah will recurse through every subdirectory and show all files with the "hidden" attribute. What is the linux equivalent?
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How to use rsync when filenames contain double quotes?

I am trying to synchronize the content of the directory my_dir/ from /home to /backup. This directory contains a file which name has a double quote in it, such as to"to. Here is my rsync command: ...
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How to profile building process

I'm building the code on remote linux machines, and it takes very long time. Since all the filesystem is on NFS, I suspect the NFS is the bottleneck. Can I profile the build process (make all) down to ...
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What's a file system's “magic” number in a super block?

I'm working on a midrange NAS system basically running on Linux and I got to do some great testing today. The step-by-step lead me to using fsdb to corrupt the magic number on a file system in order ...
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Set Windows to use system clock as UTC

While dual-booting Windows and Linux, Linux sets the system time to UTC, so Windows thinks it's midnight near mid-morning. Is there any other way to tell Windows to use UTC? I've seen the registry ...
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How to prevent Ctrl+Alt+F1 switching off from X?

How to change this sequence to, for example "Ctrl+Fn+F1" or temporarily disable it? @related: How to send Ctrl+Alt+F1 to window (to switch terminal remotely, not locally)?
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How can I lock down panels in sled11?

I have sled11 and I'm trying to lockdown the panels so others don't change things on it Please provide full instruction in how to change that
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Linux security: The dangers of executing malignant code as a standard user

Slipping some (non-root) user a piece of malignant code that he or she executes might be considered as one of the highest security breaches possible. (The only higher I can see is actually accessing ...
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Using Mersenne twister to wipe disks

Currently when I want to wipe a USB disk with pseudorandom data in Linux I do the following: dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdb conv=notrunc urandom is very, very slow, it gets to the point where the ...
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internet connection tester script

http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=rykHdvBh bix.hu and www.yahoo.com are "pingable" test sites. 127.0.0.1 could not be pinged [firewall drops all icmp] i have a "oneliner" that echoes if theres "internet ...
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Skype: phantom notification

I'm using skype 2.1.0.81 on Ubuntu, and I can't wear my earphones because there is some annoying notification sound that occurs randomly. I went to Notifications in Options, and disabled ALL ...
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Github private/public SSH key authentication

I have github. I created a private/public pair. I put the public on github. But I can never push to github. Every time, it says public denied. In order to push, I need to do this: eval ssh-agent ...
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What does % mean in linux / how to install jmf

I am fairly new to linux and am using fedora 14 (64 bit). I have to install the java media framework for one of my projects. In the installation instructions on their website ...
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Recover an application in sleeping state after an X server crash

I often run calculations on my Linux computer, which cause my X server to crash from time to time. Almost always, some programs seem to survive to the crash and are in an interruptible sleeping state, ...
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Linux Permissions

I am new to Linux. I am trying to copy some files from one folder on a Linux server to another folder on the same folder. The folders have different owners; however, I have read and write permissions ...
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Transparent background in editor but solid text

Is there a way to make the background to an editor e.g. gedit transparent without affecting text's transparency? Is there any other program that supports this?