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Want to restore Windows 7 from Linux Ubuntu

I want to recover Windows 7 from Linux and I don't have the Windows 7 CD or any previous back up files. Please tell me if there is a way to recover Windows 7 from Linux because I do not want to boot ...
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Run scp as ubuntu@ copying to Ubuntu system with correct permissions?

I ssh into a ubuntu box with username "ubuntu" and I can become root without entering a password via "sudo su". How can I scp files onto this box using the ubuntu@ username? It does not allow me to do ...
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USB joystick with Linux only works when I disconnected and reconnected its

HI! I have a problem that it can easy, but I didn't find a solution yet. When I turn on my computer using a Debian or Ubuntu and tried to use the joystick the commands of joystick doesn't pass to ...
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a linux cli equivalent to mac's “open” command? or windows “start” command?

In a mac cli, I can type open file.jpg and the mac will automatically figure out the correct application and open it for me. In Windows, the start command does the same thing, but also will open up ...
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how to access samba on a guest Linux behind the VirtualBox NAT?

On my laptop, I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 under WinXP using VirtualBox 3.1.2. I want a setup where: The guest can freely access the internet. The host can access the guest files via Samba. The setup ...
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slow pppoe connection using Ubuntu 9.10

I have a Compaq Presario CQ61, instaled Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7 on it. It works great except the PPPoE connection in Ubuntu, when i dial in Windows my download speed reach up to 91 Mb, rebooted ...
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Recommendations for a really good DVB-T card for linux [closed]

I am so fed up with my Sony HDR that is already obsolete. As I am a linux geek, I have been thinking on building my own media central. Reading various hardware support list gives some information ...
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Convert a PDF to greyscale on the command line in FLOSS?

I have a colour PDF file, and I'm going to print it out and then photocopy it in black and white. I'd like to know what it's like in B&W before photocopying it. Is it possible to 'greyscale' a PDF ...
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Suppressing “Could not change permissions” message after copying a file to NTFS Partition in Linux

If I try to copy a file onto a NTFS partition in Linux, I get a warning message Could not change permissions for <file-name>. Is there any way to suppress this message ? I can live with this ...
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Linux - Record all the audio in/out of a programme?

Is it possible to record all the audio that goes in and out of a programme on Linux? I'm using normal Ubuntu 9.10, and I'd like to be able to do something like. $ audiorecord PROGNAME Where ...
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Cannot boot Window virtual machine on OSX when dual booted with Linux

I am a web developer experienced in the .NET environment but also in other web technologies. In order to get the work done I use a Macintosh Macbook Pro (4,1) with a Boot Camp partition running ...
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gcc and g++ in Mac

I bought a new Macbook Pro. Like linux, it has a bash shell. However, I did not find gcc or g++ in there. Is it in there somewhere, or is there some kind of package manager that will allow me to ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix: Screen goes blank on install from USB

I am trying to install Ubuntu Netbook on an iiView A2. I realize this is not necessarily supported according to the Ubuntu documentation, however, one of my friends who has the same netbook was able ...
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How to recursively download an entire web directory?

i have a web directory that has many folders and many sub folders containing files. i need to download everything using wget or bash.
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What is the difference between typing `emacs-x` and `emacs`?

When in a Linux terminal, what is the difference between typing emacs-x and emacs?
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Firefox: Is it possible to disable exit alerts?

Sometimes the website will show an alert box akin to "Are you sure you want to leave?" when you try to leave the site. Is it possible to disable this from happening, without using something like the ...
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Restoring a HDD backup image from the Ubuntu Live CD

I want to restore a HDD image I have to my laptop's HDD while booted off the Ubuntu Live CD. The laptop's HDD is unformatted and has no partitions. I expected this to work: $ sudo dd ...
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Xsane is unable to detect scanner device

I'm using debian lenny, I bought a new Hp officejet j4500 scanner but the xsane is unable to detect the scanner. It says device not found. If I run xsane as root it detects and works properly it is ...
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Add permanent SSL certificate exception in Chrome (Linux)

I have a problem with a website that has an SSL certificate which doesn't correspond to the website domain. Chrome gives me a warning for this website (and rightly so), which I have to ignore ...
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Rsync friendly gzip

I must not be the only one - I'm rsyncing .tar.gz files and notice that every time the full file gets rsynced rather than the differences. Reading into it it seems back in 1999 someone created an ...
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Linux filesystem backup atomicity

On my Linux machine I'm using a home made backup script which is actually a few rsync calls. I've tested my restores and everything seems to be working, but are there any possible problems with this ...
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Installing libraries and header files under ubuntu linux for c/c++ developement

I have to admit that I feel completely lost each time I have to fulfill the dependencies of some C or C++ code. Currently, I'm on Ubuntu 9.10, but I remember the same feeling of forlornness from ...
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removing write permission does not prevent root from writing to the file

I just noticed on my Ubuntu machine (ext3 filesystem) that removing write permissions from a file does not keep root from writing to it. Is this a general rule of UNIX file permissions? Or specific ...
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How do I change my default shell to use ZSH in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make Bash my default shell on Ubuntu? I want to change my default shell in Ubuntu to ZSH. What's the command to do this?
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How can I break a symbolic link loop?

While I was trying to compile a C shared object library, I accidentally created two symbolic links which point to each other. Is there a way to get rid of them without nuking the whole directory? I ...
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SHELLOPTS Defaults?

Using Debian 5.0 (Lenny)...I can't find where SHELLOPTS is being set by default. I've checked: ~/.bashrc ~/.profile ~/.bash_profile (doesn't exist) /etc/bash.bashrc /etc/profile ... nowhere to be ...
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What OS to use, or build myself, to just show a browser after starting up?

I was reading about Linux and found out that you can apparently custom build your own operating system. The thing is, it all sounds great for what I would like to do but my knowledge in that area is ...
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SSH: completly disabling password authentication

is there a way to disable password authentication completely? The command line is the following: ssh -o KbdInteractiveAuthentication=no -o PasswordAuthentication=no machine" it STILL asks for a ...
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How do I start learning Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Learning the basics of Linux/Unix This may sound a very stupid question but the point is I have been using linux for over an year and still at the end of the year I am ...
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how to split tar in two files

I'm trying to upload my tar'ed site to server but I have upload limit. My ftp program extracts tar after uploading it. How do I split this one tar into two so I could upload one tar and let it extract ...
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Set DNS manually on KDE

The Network Manager on KDE gets DNS configuration from DHCP and sets it automatically, but I would like to use the Google Public DNS. If I overwrite /etc/resolv.conf with nameserver 8.8.8.8 it still ...
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how to display ~ backup files in gnome

I'm using gnome. I created some text files. After I change something in myfile.txt there's myfile.txt~ automatically created as a backup. Ok... now, on KDE I see these ~ files and I can delete them if ...
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Periodically reboot dd-wrt

I have a Linksys Router with dd-wrt installed on. Due to some problems, I would like to periodically reboot the router (let's say at 0:00 everyday). How would I do that?
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Is there any multi-touch graphics tablet with Linux drivers?

After watching the absolutely amazing 10/GUI video, I have been dying to try to implement something like this. I can do the software side quite easily, but I don't have the hardware. The Wacom Bamboo ...
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do ntfsresize and gparted work on a disk image mounted through the loop device?

I need to resize a NTFS partition in a disk for which I have an image (dumped with dd). I mounted it through the loop device on linux: # losetup -o 32256 /dev/loop0 disk.img # I got the offset from ...
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Why less when you can have more? (Pagers on *Nix)

Why do Linux people and most programs -- Ruby commands, for instance -- use less instead of more. Isn't more bigger, nicer, and better? What is the advantage to less?
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How do I assign Control_R+Menu to the global kxkb switch action?

I want to use a combination that avoids alphabetic/punctuation characters because that way I have a consistent physical position on different layouts. Control_R+Menu fits that requirement and is also ...
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new Linux windows open behind existing windows

I'm running Ubuntu and I have a strange issue where any new window I open (open office doc, pidgin window, etc) open behind current Windows. this is frustrating, especially for IM windows as I often ...
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Is it possible to set metadata on a MPEG2 video file?

I have a whole pile of MPEG2 and MP4 files. I want to add metadata to the files, such as title, author, year, etc. I can use AtomicParsley to add this information to MP4 files, but I can't see how to ...
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mini linux for browsing media playing

I'm looking for a small linux install (<100Mb) that can just run a browser and ideally a media player. It's to fit in a spare recovery partition on my laptop and be a quick boot for non-work stuff ...
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How can I know the absolute path of a running process?

If I have multiple copies of the same app on the disk, and only one is running, as I can see with ps, how can I know the absolute path to distinguish from the others?
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Fedora 9 (64bit) won't recognize 8G of RAM

This is really a question about whether or not it is absolutely necessary for me to upgrade my Fedora. I just upgraded my computer with a couple more sticks of RAM and have it up to 8G now. I duel ...
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Problems installing yum

I did make install on the yum package downloaded from here. After the installation was done, if I do yum I am getting yum: Command not found. What should I do?
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How to ReUse Ubuntu APT

When we use ubuntu apt-get the first process is downloading the required files into a temporary folder /var/cache/apt/archives Installation will be done only after that. Can we able to ...
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How to set default permissions for new folders on mounted samba volume?

So, this is a problem... I have mounted samba volume and I need to have write permissions for every new folder that's being created (currently, by default, on every newly created folder i have only ...
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Get Apache configure line

Is there any way to get the configure line that was used to build an Apache installation from source? I compiled Apache 2.2.14 a while ago on Ubuntu and I can't remember the ./configure line I used ...
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Installed ASUS HD4670, now unable to install ANY Debian due to low memory corruption

I have a desktop PC which initially had the Intel D946gzis mobo, its chipset as video controller, some RAM and so. There I installed Debian without a problem alongside WindowsXP. I've bought an ASUS ...
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tar a directory

I'm trying to tar my website files that are on my test server to be able to upload them to 'real' server. tar -cf mysite.tar /var/www It creates archive fine... but when I open that archive it has ...
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Urxvt flashes when running over SSH on Xming

I have a windows 7 computer running Xming 6.9.0.31. I connect to my linux box running Ubuntu Server 9.10 with plink and run urxvt. It starts up and works perfectly however the urxvt screen flashes ...
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How do you force vim to behave as a terminal app?

using vim via ssh on a machine with an x server running throws an X error. Specifically: >vim BadWindow (invalid Window parameter) Vim: Got X error Vim: Finished. This does not occur on my ...