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On typing ls the folder should appear in green colour

When I type "ls" in the linux terminal the folder names should appear in green color and file name in black color. How do I do this?
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Firefox keyboard shortcuts don't work when a form field is focused

When using Firefox in Linpus Linux (on an Acer One netbook) some hot keys don't work. Ctrl + w Alt + d However Ctrl + Tab Does still work. Edit: The version installed is 3.6.
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How to install VMWare Tools in Linux?

I'm using VMWare and a Linux Mint guest OS. How can I install the VMWare Tools? The file is called vmware-install.pl I've tried running this in the terminal, but it doesn't work. sudo ...
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Unable to install bin files.(No such file or directory error)

I wanted to install adobe reader on my ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat).I have downloaded the file and copied it on my desktop.I had then browsed to the desktop directory through command line terminal. ...
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Why am I getting a disk boot failure when I try to install Ubuntu?

I'm encountering boot failure while trying to install a Linux distro from a CD. I'm using an older PC; here are its specs: HP Pavilion 2.66GHz, 512MB RAM with a BIOS revision of 6/30/2003 I ...
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WLAN LED randomly blinking when there is no traffic

I've got a Linksys WUSB54GC WLAN USB interface (Ralink chipset) and I'm running Debian GNU/Linux 6.0. The LED very often randomly blinks although there is no traffic in the network. I checked this ...
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pam mount - my password prompt now says pam_mount password:

I am using pam_mount to mount users' home directory upon successfully logging into the system. It works; however, the password prompt says: pam_mount password: Instead of just: password: How can ...
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How to switch between Linux virtual terminals over serial?

How do you switch between Linux virtual terminals over a serial terminal connection? I'm trying to install Debian on a Beagleboard via the serial console. I'm using screen (screen /dev/ttyUSB0 ...
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Best way to shorten comand options in *nix

Which would be the best way in *nix (alias, script, etc) to shorten available options for a command that doesn't provide a short form? The idea would be to wrap the command in some way be able to ...
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How to convert a 1 page PDF to a 2 page per sheet PDF?

I would like to print a PDF so that on the front of the first page are the first two pages, on the back the 3rd and 4th and so on. ----------------- ----------------- | | | ...
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Search Tool for Linux similar with Google Desktop

I have a huge project with thousands of lines of code. I need to search in it and the IDE I'm using has to search each file at the time for the pattern I need. Is there a GUI tool I can use that ...
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tar writes on read

I have an issue with tar. I'm tarring about 120GB of small files, and I feel i'm hitting a bottleneck. My system has 3 HDs, one for the system (sda), one with the files (sdb) and one target HD for ...
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How can I include vim settings in source code so that the file is displayed the same way?

I vaguely remember that there is a way to store instructions for vim in my file (like tabstop width etc). I'm not speaking of settings in vimrc but of storing those settings with in the file to be ...
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use gedit to open file with null characters

I know GEdit has a bug which prevents it from opening a file with null (\0) characters in it. This is a huge inconvenience for me because I frequently have to open big log files with only a couple ...
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gzip all files without deleting them

I need to gzip all files in a dir separately including all files in sub-directories without deleting the originals afterwards. So let's say I have index.html, I want to have at the end index.html.gzip ...
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Accessing a windows mail server from linux

I'm on a network where everyone is using Windows except me. Now I have this problem that the mail server is on a windows host mailserv.company.local and the only way I can access this host is through ...
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Is there a reason why switching between Linux and windows would cause a network adapter to stop being recognized?

I am using Linux and Windows 7 on the same machine and my on-board NIC is functional under both. However, the weirdest thing happens when I browse the internet under Linux and then return to Windows; ...
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Does fake RAID offer any advantage over software RAID?

Does a fake RAID controller do any useful work or is it just like a place where to store the parameters? I know that Linux offers much more flexibility than my poor on-board controller, but this is ...
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Change OpenSSH account password in Linux

I suppose that my main Linux user account password serves as my SSH password as well. Is there a way I can modify this? As it turns out, I'd like to have a REALLY secure SSH password for obvious ...
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Chmod 755 and 751

Doing chomod 755 on a directory gives me drwxr-xr-x. Should it not give me drwxr-xr-xr since 5 is read,execute? And Doing chmod 751 on a directory give me drwxr-x--x. Should that not give me ...
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known_hosts file doesn't get populated anymore

I had a populated known_hosts file. I was editing it and for a split second I saw a permission error when I saved it. I went to check what the error was and the known_hosts file was blank. Now if I ...
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“Network unreachable” using Linux NetworkManager

I just moved my Linux/Windows dual-booting laptop from a desk with an Ethernet jack to a desk that is within the WiFi range of our 2WIRE integrated modem/WiFi/ethernet router. I use GNOME with ...
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alternative filesystems for SSD

I am tired of watching fsck check my filesystem when my eeepc 901 shuts down abruptly due to a crash. I know that with a journaling filesystem, I won't have to wait for a check. However, I am well ...
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Why does a system apper to “hang” when there are many processes in 'D' state?

I have noticed that on a (linux) system if there are many processes in "D" (Uninterruptible) state, the system starts "hanging". The D state is mostly due to process waiting on I/O. By "hang" I mean ...
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Commercial NAS RAID1 disks moved to Software Raid system?

I've got a couple of commercial NAS boxes and I'm wondering if they (ReadyNas duo, DLink DNS-323) or any other NAS is suitable for having their RAIDed disks moved to a software-based NAS. To be ...
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Raid1 with active and spare partition

I am having the following problem with a RAID1 software raid partition on my Ubuntu system (10.04 LTS, 2.6.32-24-server in case it matters). One of my disks (sdb5) reported I/O errors and was ...
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Linux User Permissions?

I have two users, user1 and user2 which are both in a group matching their user name. I'd like both users to have full r/w/x permissions on all of each other's files as default without having to CHMOD ...
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Why does RSA authentication work after deleting private key?

I was testing my authorized_hosts setup, so deleted my local private key. I then successfully ssh'd into my remote server using RSA authentication. I was expecting to get a permission denied, seeing ...
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Where can I find linux-kernel-headers-x.x.x.x for SUSE?

I'm installing VMware Workstation on a SLED 11 SP1, and the installation is blocked by an error message "Kernel headers for version 2.6.32.27-0.2-default were not found". If you installed them in a ...
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Does ALSA have any advantage over DirectSound?

I was just curious if ALSA + Linux has any better sound quality than Microsoft's Direct Sound in comparison.
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virtual microphone: File -> Microphone -> Application

I need debug my program and I need something like a virtual microphone. I would like device "microphone" where I can put sound file and this file will be input for microphone stream. And in ...
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syslog facilities

I have an application (in java) running in a Windows PC and I want to send logging messages to a syslog server running in a Linux box somewhere in the network. The problem I have is, that it is not ...
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Failing to extract a tar/bz2 file

File in question is http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/downloads/detail?name=wkhtmltopdf-0.10.0_rc2-static-i386.tar.bz2 meder@pc:~$ tar -xvjf wkhtmltopdf-0.10.0_rc2-static-i386.tar.bz2 bzip2: ...
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How to pick a laptop with hardware supported by Linux?

I am considering getting a notebook computer to install Linux on. How to I choose one so that I know its hardware will be supported by my Linux installation? Do I have to manually figure out what each ...
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Linux, Ubuntu & Apple Aluminium keyboard: remap greater/less with tilde

I have an Apple Aluminium keyboard. To the left of 1 key I have the less/greater (< >) key, not grave/tilde (` ~). xmodmap does not work for me: layout switching (done with setxkbmap) resets my ...
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Can't get 1440x900 resolution with GRUB2 although vbeinfo says it's available

I'm trying to use GRUB2 in graphical mode with 1440x900 resolution, but the result is always garbled nonsense: the highest resolution I can get is 1280x800. Word is from googling that long as vbeinfo ...
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How can I tell if ZFS (zfs-fuse) dedup/compression is applied to a particular file?

I have a zfs formatted partition using zfs-fuse for linux (Ubuntu). I had used it for a while, and then enabled dedup and compression on it (zfs set compression=on/dedup=on). Now I think I have some ...
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How to check for program exit code in Linux?

I want to check in a shell script whether subversion is installed. For that I chose to check the exit code after the program has been executed. I tried using command svn, but that prints out the ...
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Why are 'chown' and 'chgrp' not working?

I've just installed Ubuntu 10.10 AMD-64 and mounted several partitions into /mnt/ directory. Now I want to be able to perform operations on those partitions without limitations. I'm trying to change ...
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LINUX Code for renaming files with prefix in subfolders

I want to rename files in multiple subfolders with a prefix (e.g., rename "file.tif" with "prefix_file.tif") and not have to be in the subfolder. code: for f in /path/to/*; do echo mv "$f" "PRE_$f"; ...
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Is there a way to globally specify where Unison should log?

I'd really like to have Unison log only to a specific file for ALL of my profiles. I have a number of different profiles, 3 local ones, and one remote one (my laptop syncs with this computer to keep ...
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Ubuntu to Windows openoffice save issues?

I just finished working on my teacher's paper, which is due to her an hour ago... For 2 hours I've been trying to find my paper anywhere on ubuntu, or my windows installation. It is nowhere, anymore. ...
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lock screen vs logout in Linux

When one locks the screen under Windows, it is redirected to the same screen as in the login. Under Linux, a program is run that "captures" all the mouse and keyboard events. While xcreensaver does ...
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commands for FFMPEG

what command use to convert avi MPEG to MP4 320x240 res, 24 fps? Do you have any good manual for this (WINFFmpeg is out of way)?
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How do I symlink each of the files in one directory to another directory?

If I have a directory /foo with a few files in it, how do I symlink each entry in /foo into /bar/? For instance, if /foo has the files a, b and c, I want to create three symlinks: /bar/a -> ...
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script to kill process with specific character

I have a command that outputs as follows: # lostjobs user1 12983 1 0 Feb04 ? 00:00:00 dbr UT:msmenu user1 18253 1 0 Feb09 ? 00:00:00 dbr UT:msmenu user2 22337 1 0 ...
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How do I diagnose KDE logon problem?

I have just installed the Linux distro Pardus, with its KDE desktop. I already had a home directory(on a separate /home) partition so I just created the user and tried to logon. The problem is, when I ...
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My touchpad is unresponsive; is it dying?

The touchpad on my laptop appears to be no longer functioning. I typically use an external keyboard and mouse, so I didn't notice the problem until I tried to use the touchpad. I'm running Gentoo ...
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How to make disappered status bar on linux appear?

I am using VNC viewer to remotely access a Linux machine. The problem is when I accessed it, I pressed a button which caused the status bar to disappear (containing menus such as 'Application', etc). ...
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Search & replace back slashes to forward slashes in windows

Lately I've been needing to delete new untracked files from my versioning system. Being in linux I use: hg status -un|xargs rm And it works nice, but when doing it in windows, hg status lists paths ...