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chmod if I am not root/file owner

If I am not the file' owner or root, can I use chmod to change the file permission? Assume I have group/write access to the file, e.g. 775
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UNIX home folder permissions - no access for other users

I'm running a Linux server at home, and I did just have my own username (javawag) with a www folder inside it for my website. However, I've since added a subdomain for my friend, who now has his own ...
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FTP or SAMBA for a college-network?

How do I choose a multi-platform (Linux, Windows, Mac) file sharing solution? if there is a need of secure and reliable file sharing from a Linux server on college network. Which can be the best ...
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Auto Start several terminals on linux

Every time I reboot my linux machine I have to set up 5 or 6 terminals and Im trying to find a way to do this automatically. Bind a script to a shortcut or on startup that starts several terminals ...
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Unallocated space problem

I have a hp pc that has a hard drive of 750 gb and a recovery hard drive of 31gb. I installed linux side by side with windows 7 for dual booting. Now I can't boot windows 7 anymore. During the ...
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Running multiple operating systems on one laptop

I am in the process of running some benchmark tests on a variety of RDBMSes, and I am testing three different client operating systems. Would it be terrible to partition the HDD and install Ubuntu, ...
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csh cd alias: how to eliminate error when no parameter is supplied

I am familiar with bash, but my works require csh. in my .cshrc, I created this alias: alias cd 'cd \!:1; ls -l' It works very well except for one case: when I cd without any parameter: cd In ...
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How to grab a random section in the middle of a huge file?

I have a huge log file of around 3.5 GB and would like to sample random sections in the middle of say 10 MB for the purpose of debugging what my application is doing. I could use head or tail ...
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Which Linux distro to use as VirtualBox Host? [closed]

I've read a pile of suggestions both on this site and elsewhere, but they all seem to be a couple years old, or not quite my situation. A family member has got a windows PC (with a Pentium 4 w/o ...
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Linux Mint Boot problem (on specific hardware)

I am having a Lenovo Thinkpad SL400c laptop running on c2d(64 bit) processor. The problem is, Linux Mint doesn't boot in this laptop but boots well in other laptops( I tried it in dell inspiron and ...
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chmod problem in ubuntu

I want to change user permissions of lots of files but I can not! I use this code: administrator@unknown:~$ sudo chmod 700 * -R or administrator@unknown:~$ sudo chmod 700 myfile -R I want to ...
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Information about linux permissions

I have created a user and a group named the same (lighttpd:lighttpd) Now I have to start the lighy server with these user:group... ok Now, I have added a website (vhost) to run with lighy, it works ...
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Security Risk if install Ubuntu without updating the system

My operating system is Windows XP. I have installed VMWare Player 3.1.4 with the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS desktop VMware image in order to play with a Linux system. Here is the question: If I didn't update ...
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Why are there special versions of GNOME maintained for Slackware?

Newbie here. I'm thinking about going from Ubuntu to Slackware and I just saw on Wikipedia that there is a number of projects that maintain GNOME binaries especially for Slack. So that made me wonder, ...
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Get folder with largest number at the end of the name in Linux and OS X

I asked this question yesterday with Linux, but I realized I need to get it working in both Linux and OS X. Link to earlier question: Get folder with largest number at the end of the name in Linux. ...
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Looking for a great Linux code editor that has auto-indent AND auto-outdent [closed]

I code primarily in jQuery/JavaScript, and I'm looking for a text editor for Linux that has auto-indent and auto-outdent (seems to be tough to find that). Any suggestions? I've checked Gedit, Cream, ...
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Remote into Linux workstation behind a firewall

Let's say I have a Linux workstation at work, behind a firewall. So even though I may have a remote access server set up on it (such as the most excellent NoMachine NX Server), I can't access it from ...
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If “top” indicates CPU is spending 10% on %wa (iowait), does that mean the CPU is idle?

I am referring to the Linux top command. If it indicates 10.4% was spent on wa, does that mean 10.4% CPU was available for other processes? top - 09:40:45 up 178 days, 34 min, 1 user, load ...
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Opera 11 (on Linux with KDE): “Open in new tab” from Context Menu doesn't work

After updating to Opera 11, I find that I can't open a link in a new tab using the context menu. I point my mouse on the desired link, press the right mouse button, and select from the context menu ...
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What Filesystem to use for Linux Ubuntu? [closed]

I am new to Linux, coming from Windows background. What Filesystem should I use? I read that Ext3 is default still? Ext4 is unstable at times? true? Also is there any performance different between ...
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Customize Ubuntu Install or select what to install

Is there a way I can customize what I have installed when installing Ubuntu? I thought it was possible ... but maybe I didn't notice a Advanced button? Like I want a web server, but maybe I dont want ...
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Open an application in Linux at specific coördinates

Is there a way to open an application (like VLC or Totem) and tell it to be x pixels wide, y pixels high and start at a given location?
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How can I identify which device caused a `/dev` entry?

I have a Dell Inspiron 600M, from around 2004. The partition table looks like this: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 1 6 48163+ ...
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Is there a difference between using pmount and mount?

Is there any difference between using pmount to mount a device (e.g., USB drive) and using mount with user in the 4th column of /etc/fstab? Essentially, is the only purpose of pmount to allow the ...
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how to use aditional ip given with vps

Got a vps today running centos 5. The company gave me 2 ip addy's. I pinged both from my current location and it seems the ping to the 'aditional ip' is much lower. I'm in shanghai and the vps is in ...
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/dev/md0 Lost a Drive?

I have a system with 10 drives running Linux software RAID using RAID 6. Today the system stopped responding and needed to be hard power cycled. The filesystem on the RAID (note, not the root ...
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When running echinus can the scrollbars and similar window elements be skinned?

I see on this website screenshots number 5 and 6 -- what is used to to get these style of scrollbars? When I launch Opera I get a very ugly scrollbar that does not fit the look of the window manager ...
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How to properly secure a Linux computer

Obviously, there are different methods for securing based on home versus professional computers. My questions generally pertains to securing home desktops, but professional protection is definitely ...
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How to prevent Ubuntu/Debian users from accessing apt-get or downloading from the web, etc?

Is it possible to have a user in Ubuntu/Debian that does not have access to synaptic, apt-get, dpkg and cannot even download anything from the Web, but has root privileges otherwise? Original post ...
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Extract a zip file to your own directory

Im trying to extract the contents of a zip file but I want to extract it to my own directory. I'v tried -d from unzip but that just puts the contents of the zip into that directory. But I want to ...
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Ubuntu 11 Beta 2 update to RC and then Final

I want to install Ubuntu 11 in its latest state (Beta 2)....but I don't want to reinstall everything when the Final comes out. Can I update it from Beta 2 without reinstalling everything from a ...
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Move all files and folders except folders with the name .foo

I have folder structure, where some of the subfolders have a .foo subfolder inside. I want to move the root folder structure from foldera to folderb. How can I do this?
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How evade firewall port blocking?

I have a serious problem with my institute's firewall. I have a Rackspace Cloud server instance that is configured to accept SSH connections on port 6xxx. When I was using port 22 there wasn't any ...
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How can I identify which grub setting is used when booting my computer?

I have a computer with several Linux variants installed, each of them using a GRUB or GRUB2 setting. How can I identify which GRUB setting is used when booting my computer?
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Clean up sha256sum output

running sha256sum folder/file` returns 711ad4b9939e0e20e591d753103717f40e794babc4129a0670fd342309bec5af *folder/file I want to output the sum with just the filename next to it so that it looks ...
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Get folder with largest number at the end of the name in Linux

On Linux, I have some folders r1, r2, r3, etc. and I want to get the name of the folder with the largest number at the end. How do I get the name?
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Determine which programs are using swap / how much

This is my first question -- I realize I may have done something wrong here, so please point me in the right direction if I have. I'm interested in figuring out which programs on my machine are using ...
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How to identify whether my Linux computer was hacked?

My home PC is usually on, but the monitor is off. This evening I came home from work and found what looks like a hack attempt: in my browser, my Gmail was open (that was me), but it was in compose ...
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Run a Win32 app from bash (through WINE) without calling WINE explicitly

For purposes like compiling GCC from source and being able to do a "profiledbootstrap", I need to be able to use the stage1 compiler (Windows executable) on from Linux. What would be ideal: some ...
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in-car server, avoid disk error when power interruption?

guys I have a low powered 1U server in my car which collect some data, but when I stop my car and remove my key, the power for the linux box will be cut immediately for the computer. And power back ...
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open-ldap bindpw need to be encrypted

I need to encrypt the bindpw on the ldap.conf. Currently the password for the CN is clear text. I am running this on Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 8) 64 bit. Any ...
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Stuck in Grub recovery after Linux Mint install

Every time I try to install Linux Mint XFCE my laptop freezes on removing the live packages, which happens just before the installation of GRUB2. However: I've managed to manually install GRUB2. ...
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Linux 'at' command history

I got an email from root with the subject Output from your job # I guess this came from my at queue because I recognized the command. But the thing is I submitted this at command 3 weeks ago and ...
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Need to copy images from diff folder in linux shell

I have 500 folders of templates in one folder. Now each folder has file called template_thumbnail.png . now i want something so that all those files get copied to one folder with name same as the ...
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Linux ethernet traffic capture

What programs under Linux can capture ethernet traffic? And which ones from them are maintained and most comfortable?
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cannot login into Frugalware Linux

I just installed Frugalware Linux as a virtual machine. I entered the root password, created a new user (and password) and after it restarted I entered the username and the password and I cannot ...
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Move files and folders recursively in linux

ls -al ../public-back drwxrwxr-x 4 apache apache 4096 Apr 19 03:32 templates ls -al ../public-back/templates drwxrwxr-x 2 apache apache 4096 Apr 19 03:33 content drwxrwxr-x 2 apache ...
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How to clone entire VirtualBox OS to a new PC (real-hardware)?

The situation is; I am running a web server (Ubuntu 10.10 server) on virtualbox v.4 inside Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop and now I want to clone entire web server on my brand new PC. Please help me with this, ...
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Smooth fonts in Gentoo terminal in Awesome WM?

I had GNOME DE but recently I've switched to Awesome WM. The only problem I have I can't set smooth fonts in Gnome-terminal. If I start gnome-settings-daemon, all the fonts in terminal become smooth, ...
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How to connect my Linux netbook (BCM4313) and Windows XP (Ralink USB) wirelessly?

BCM4313 is handled only by staging brcm80211, Windows XP cannot into master mode. Master mode on netbook (with brcm80211 driver) don't work: hostapd can't start, airbase-ng works only in one ...