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How to remap brightness & volume keys on Asus AspireOne / Ubuntu Lucid?

I want to remap the following keys on my Asus AspireOne running Ubuntu Lucid: Brightness down (Fn-Left) -> Home Brightness up (Fn-Right) -> End Volume up (Fn-Up) -> Page up ...
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Make linux detect sound card

I installed a sound card but when I go to System->Preferences->Sound and go to Hardware it's not showing anything at all. If I boot from the Live CD then it will show the card and it works. How can I ...
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Is there a Linux utility that can clear Word Document properties?

Is there a Linux utility that can clear Word Document properties? I want to keep the doc file. These are the properties that Word auto fills and I'd like them removed:
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passwd/shadow or group/gshadow mismatch?

I'm running RHEL 5. When using the GUI System>Administration>Users and Groups, I get the error: The user database cannot be read. This problem is most likely caused by a mismatch between ...
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Ubuntu 64bit - Best way to install Python 32bit

I'm running Ubuntu 10.4 64bit, and I would like to run python 32bit. The current Python version used is the 64bit one. What can be some good ways for installing the python 32bit version without ...
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What file system is swap on Linux

In Linux you can choose things like ext3 and reiserfs for partitions. For the swap partition, you just choose "swap." What file system is this, actually? Can you just create an ext3 partition and make ...
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new grub version - How to unset quiet booting

I've got new version of grub from the newest linux. Do you know how to disable quiet booting ? Because I've got problem with my graphics card and to fix it I need recovery mode.
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Main menu doesn't show my application launcher (.desktop file)

I've just started out learning to program and I'm making a "Radio Scheduler" for my brother as a mini project. I wanted to make an "install" script, which would add an item to Ubuntu's Main Menu. I ...
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Automatically load kernel module

I'd like openSUSE to automatically load a kernel module (e.g. libsas) at boot time even if no device requires it. In Ubuntu, you would add the module name to the file /etc/modules. Is this the correct ...
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install software on a windows system unsing wine

is it possible to install software from within a *nix system on a windows box, by letting WINE (is not an emulator) write to the windows own registry and use that software under WINE aswell as windows ...
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Opening openoffice documents in vim

Is there any way to open openoffice.org documents inside vim, especially if it will preserve the formatting? Ends up looking like: ...
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Pidgin will not receive files

Anytime someone tries to send me files over YIM or AIM when I am using Pidgin 2.7.5 on Arch Linux, it fails mid-transfer, telling me that they cancelled, and telling them that I cancelled. The same ...
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Alsa USB-Audio hotplug

My new USB audio speaker appeared as the second device in Alsa. I managed to make it the primary one: $ cat /proc/asound/modules 0 snd_usb_audio 1 snd_hda_intel $ cat /proc/asound/cards 0 ...
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Recommend Me A Tiling Window Manager (Linux) [closed]

So, I'm by no means a Linux novice, and I've used a lot of minimalistic and lightweight software (read: the stuff arch linux users use, then laugh at you for not using). One thing I've never tried is ...
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Ubuntu memory usage

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and I do some dev with it. As I open FF, Chrome, Eclipse (Zend Studio 7.2), etc. and do some work, then leave, screen saver goes on, and when I come back a few hours later ...
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oDeskTeam crashes uder OpenSUSE 11.3

Does anybody know a workaround for the problem? I tried all rpms and statically linked versions, some are just not installable anymore and some crash after few seconds of logging.
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restart gdm at linux terminal

Sometimes the Ubuntu 10.04 the gui will freeze and the only thing I can do is move the mouse. I can't interact with programs and I can't change to a different virtual desktop. All I can do is press ...
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Linux GUI scripting

There is a scripting language made for Windows called AutoIt. It can do things like, for example, if a user highlights a word and presses a certain hotkey, it can copy that word into memory, open up ...
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deciphering information from top in Linux

In top, I can see programs that are sleeping but are taking up memory and CPU. If a program is sleeping then how is this possible? Maybe it might have some memory reserved but then what about CPU? ...
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add directory to /opt

hey guys, I bought a software for my job which is needed I create a directory in /opt so that I could import licenses of software and launch my project, the thing is /opt is restricted by admin and ...
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How would you link a number of files (e.g. *.so) by one-liner in Linux?

I need something like ln -s /from/*.so But ln doesn't allow such. So how would you do then?
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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 my partition layout okay?

I'm planning to install Fedora on my home computer and have done a little research about how big partitions I need. My suggestion is: Swap - 4GB /boot - 250MB / - 15GB /var - 5GB /home - rest (of ...
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Using old PC as NAS

I have extra P4 PC (Dell Dimension 2400). And I would like to use this PC as NAS. Any advise? What is the best way to make NAS from a PC.
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VMWare server console in Linux

I'm trying to access the VMWare console from firefox using the VMWare plugin. The problem is that it doesn't work on Firefox version 3.6.8. So how can I access the console?
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VMWare Server inventory directory for ISO images

I'm trying to create a Virtual Machine in VMWare Server for Linux. I'm at the part where it asks for an ISO image. The inventory is empty. I don't know what directory this actually corresponds to on ...
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How to make open programs appear in taskbar in Linux

Normally when a program is open an entry is placed on the taskbar in order to easily find it, which is useful when a lot of programs are open. In Ubuntu 10.04, when I moved a program to the other ...
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help with xorg.conf: xrandr on one of two widescreen monitors; rhel5, kde, ATI Radeon X1300

Can anyone help with me configure my dual-screen monitors for rotation? I have xrandr 1.1. Have tried various approaches, nothing takes. I can't even get the xrandr options to show up in KDE's ...
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Effect on factory setting after installing linux

I have a basic question in my mind about the dual operating systems. I bought a new lenovo laptop G450 which is shipped with Windows 7. Now I want to install Ubuntu Linux as a second operating system ...
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diagnose Linux boot problem with a live CD

I have a system running debian that won't boot after a kernel upgrade. I've tried several things on the system to get it to skip steps to boot, to no avail. I'm running a live CD on it now, and I ...
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Linux - Xinerama + Compositing or Twinview + Rotation?

Running Linux Mint 9 (gnome) | Geforce 460gtx Left 1920x1080 (23" asus) | Right 2048x1052 (23" samsung) I'd like to rotate my right hand monitor to portrait mode for coding (1052x2048) while leaving ...
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How do I fork a process that doesn't die when shell exits?

If I run emacs from the shell: $ emacs foo & and then kill that shell, emacs dies. How can I run a command so that it will not die when the shell dies? I found references to nohup, but that ...
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Unable to load libstdc++.so.5 on Ubuntu Linux

I'm trying to execute a binary and it says ./xtensoftphone: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory. This library is indeed ...
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SSH tunneling for bypassing firewall (http and socks)

I'm having problems setting up the following: I am on Linux on machine LOCAL (my notebook). I ssh into a company machine REMOTE which is behind a firewall and ONLY allows incoming ssh connections ...
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How do you run `less` and have it run a search pattern automatically?

I'm trying to run less in Linux, and I want it to search for something immediately after launch. It's basically like doing this: $ less Then press '/', type a search pattern like "^commit \w+$", ...
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Smart tab completion (for directories)?

Are there shell versions that have a more intelligent tab completion? I'd like to be able to type cd foo-<TAB> Then it would show me the possible completions along with numbers that I can ...
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How to minimize typing when frequently changing directories?

What are some good Linux commands to make switching between different directories on the command line easier? I often have to switch between different directories with long names, e.g. cd ...
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description for command : chmod 777

I encountered an option for chmod: chmod 777 /tyr/.... What is 777 for?
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What does logger -f filename do?

The man page is ambiguously worded: -f file Log the specified file. There's one example in the man page with no further explanation: logger -p local0.notice -t HOSTIDM -f /dev/idmc POSIX is ...
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Get back to grub menu without reboot

I have two separate Linux installations on my system which I can access from grub. Is there a way to get back to the grub menu to access the other system without having to reboot?
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Linux doesn't detect external USB hard drive

In Ubuntu 10.04 all I had to do was turn on my external hard drive and it would automatically be detected and mounted. I just switched over to Ultimate Edition, which I think is Ubuntu 10.04 with a ...
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What is “set environment” variables for?

hey, i noticed that whenever I execute *.bin files, it is needed to run command setenv PATH... Can anybody explain me what is the usage of this command? cheers
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lightweight web browser with emacs-like keybindings

Uzbl uses hjkl for moving around, much like vim does. I was wondering if there was a browser (text based like links, or needing X like uzbl) which would be easy for someone used to emacs key bindings? ...
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Installing Flash Debug for Chrome when not installed in default location

I do not have the necessary permissions to install anything in var, opt etc. and so have Google Chrome installed in my user folder. I wish to install Flash Debug, however I can't find anywhere that I ...
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Enable Emacs-like keybindings scheme for all QT applications

As for GTK apps under Gnome environment it's possible to set all applications to use Emacs-like input scheme: $ gconftool --set -t string /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme Emacs $ gconftool ...
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why ./ is needed to run a runnable file?

I'm using ubuntu and I notice many of my runnable scripts won't run unless I precede theme by ./. For example, if I have a perl script: /home/me/script.pl and I'm currently in /home/me, typing ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid erratic Internet connection

I have a clean install of Ubuntu 10.04 plugged into our office LAN. Everything works fine except the Internet connection. I can open a couple of Internet pages then my browser starts "waiting" for any ...
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What am I doing wrong when a Linux app doesn't find an .so file?

I have just downloaded, configure'd, make'd and make install'ed the Google Log Library to my computer. It built all required files (as far as I can see) and copied the .so file (libglog.so.0.0.0) to ...
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How to read from Iso file?

Are there any linux command which lets me to read Iso file byte by byte without mounting?
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Nautilus crashes when dragging files in Ubuntu 10.04

I'm running Gnome in Ubuntu 10.04. Nautilus used to work fine on my system but now it's doing something strange. Whenever I drag a file out of the Nautilus window to move it somewhere else, as soon as ...