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Trouble after deleting Linux partitions

I have a laptop that I was dual booting with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I used the MSFT disk manager to delete the partitions. I made sure my windows live cd was working, which it was, before doing this. ...
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Alternative to Picasa on Linux?

I have installed Picasa on my wife's notebook (it's Ubuntu 11.04 on an HP Pavillion), but she'd like to switch to some other software (there are some issues with Picasa that bother her). She didn't ...
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Force delete a directory

I have a FAT32 SD card with a file on it, that, viewed in Windows the filename consists of a long string of nonsense. Viewed in my Android phone's Linux terminal, ls -a shows nothing in the ...
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FF4 profiles portability Windows/Linux

I'd like to move Firefox 4 profiles from an old Windows box to Linux and see all the profile data I had on Windows (bookmarks, passwords and everything) on the new workstation. I can't figure out ...
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Linux/Grub boot to command line

Running Ubuntu 10.10. My desktop environment is screwed up and won't let me use the keyboard or mouse at the login screen. How can force a command prompt during boot? EDIT - ANSWER Here's a method: ...
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How to tame Linux responsiveness, memory, and paging

First question on overflow =)... +100 bounty. Couldn't think of something I really cared about until now: I'm really fed up with the state of Linux desktop responsiveness, e.g. ...
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Some boot speed questions (Linux & Windows)

I've recently installed Windows alongside my OpenSuse installation. Now I have a plan for quick booting and switching of OS's, but I need someone to tell me if this is indeed possible. 1- How do I go ...
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Migrating from Skype - Calling landlines?

I've been wanting to stop using Skype for quite a while, but now that they're being bought by Microsoft, I think it's about time to spring into action. I use Skype mainly to call landlines abroad - I ...
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Allowing multiple users to create directories over SFTP so the new directories keep the same permissions

I want to make a webserver with multiple users allowed to login through SFTP to a specific folder, www. Multiple users are added, lets say user1 and user2, and all of them belonging to the www-data ...
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Cannot ssh into Ubuntu guest on Virtualbox 4.0.4 on Windows 7

I have an Ubuntu guest installed on Virtualbox 4.0.4 running on Windows 7 Home Premium. I have two firewall rules for Vbox which allow any, any inbound for both TCP and UDP and those rules have edge ...
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OpenSuse won't boot after Windows install

I have OpenSuse 11.4 running and I just installed Windows 7 in the same HDD on some extra space. Windows killed grub (I knew it would) so I put in my grub cd and selected "Detect any OS". It took a ...
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How to using redirection to create a file

I have a linux script that generates a string and prints it to the console. I want this string to be the name of a file and open it for editing in vi. How can this be done?
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how to create a symbolic link from an ext partition to a FAT32 partition

On my Linux system, I want to create a symbolic link to a folder on my Windows 7 partition formatted FAT32. I use: sudo ln -s /media/OS/Users/dennis/AppData/Roaming/.minecraft ~/.minecraft However, ...
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Hosting on virtual machines

I have a dedicated server that I use to sell hosting to a limited amount of clients (I'm a web designer). I'd like to setup a new Linux system using virtual machines, so that each one of my clients ...
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How do I properly set wget to download only new files?

Let's say there's an url, let's call it http://www.some-url.com/folder/ This location has directory listing enabled, therefore I can do this: wget -r -np http://www.some-url.com/folder/ To ...
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arm-uclinux-gcc: crt1.o not found

I recently installed the arm-uclinux toolchain from arm-uclinux-tools-base-gcc3.4.0-20040610.sh . I ran the script and tried to compile a test program: ...
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3TB SATA hard drives into an old Linux system

I have a 3 year old PC with 4 internal SATA ports. My old SATA hard drives, all smaller than 2TB, work fine. If I buy a 3TB SATA hard drive, will it work in Linux? Will Linux with GRUB be able boot ...
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Problem with starting Word 2007 under Wine in Linux Ubuntu

I have installed word 2007 in Ubuntu Linux under Wine (The version is 1.2.2). And when i running word 2007 i have this error. What's the problem? There is a Wine configuration
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Is it possible to have a bootable Ubuntu partition that you can also access via a VM (ala Windows/Boot Camp/VMware or Parallels on Mac)?

I'm hoping to do something similar to the way you can install Windows on a Mac's 'Boot Camp' partition, but then you can also open that partition as a Virtual Machine using Parallels or VMware from ...
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subversion install from source - http unrecognized url scheme [closed]

I am installing subversion from source. I downloaded neon, and extracted it to my subversion directory. Then did make clean ./configure --with-gnome-keyring --with-ssl make make install Still, ...
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How to save environment variable from Terminal?

I am trying to save the PATH environment variable from the Terminal running on a Ubuntu system. I typed in the following however it does not get saved. export ...
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How to download files from a UNIX server via SSH to my desktop?

Newbie here, I just got SSH access to my shared hosting server (unix). I am current in a directory on the server where there is a file called images.zip. I want to download this to my desktop (I am ...
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Type on PDF Linux

I am looking to fill out a PDF form just like I can with Adobe Acrobat typewriter tool. The PDF forms don't necessarily have form fields, so I really just need to be able to place text on. I've used ...
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Why can't Ubuntu 10.04's apt-get install php 5.2.10 from a ppa?

I'm trying to install PHP 5.2.10 on Ubuntu 10.04 using apt-get. I used Approach 3 from this page but instead of using add-apt-repository I made a file called ...
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Running Windows 7 within Linux w 4GB RAM - bad idea?

I am fairly new to Linux, and have only tried Ubuntu sporadically over the years since it was first released. I just bought a new laptop with a quad-core i3 processor and 4GB RAM. I need Windows 7 ...
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Do not automatically restart on system failure

I need to know: how do not automatically restart GNU/Linux after a critical system failure (kernel panic). For some reason the pc is rebooted, actually throws the error screen Reboot just moments ...
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Docky shows default launcher icon on ubuntu

I am using docky on Ubuntu. I want to have a launcher for intellij in my docky bar, but I have an issue. No matter which method for adding the launcher to the dock I use, the intellij icon specified ...
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ActiveX on Firefox?

I just need a browser that can run sites using ActiveX on Linux. Are there any?
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How to recover deleted file if it is still opened by some process?

$ cat important_file > /dev/null & [1] 9711 $ rm important_file $ killall -STOP cat [1]+ Stopped cat important_file > /tmp/p $ ls -l /proc/`pidof cat`/fd/ total 0 ...
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Control keyboard LEDs

I have an IdeaPad G560 and it has a bunch of LEDs on the keyboard. I would like to use some of these. Where should I look for files controlling these? There's no led directory in /proc/acpi (where it ...
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Usefull aliases in “.bash_profile”? [closed]

E.g.: echo 'alias myip="curl -s "http://checkip.dyndns.org/" | grep -o "[0-9]*\.[0-9]*\.[0-9]*\.[0-9]*" | head -1"' >> /home/USER/.bash_profile when I type "myip" then I will get my public ...
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Binary diff/patch for large files on linux?

I've got two partition images (A and B) and want to use them to create a patch that I can apply on A on another computer in order to get the new B image without flooding the network. I have the ...
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Modifying keyboard layout in X11: using Alt+shift+2 for @

I'm using a MacBook with Croatian layout. Common PC Croatian layout (on Windows and in Linux) uses combinations with AltGr to get various symbols, such as... AltGr+V for @ AltGr+F for [ AltGr+B for ...
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Which process is eating ptys in my Linux server?

The number of used pty's as reported in /proc/sys/kernel/pty/nr is getting constantly larger on my 2.6.32 server. How can I find out which processes are using the ptys, short of killing them one ...
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Remove directory that is actually used by another process

I have udev rules that creates a directory for each usb-media that is plugged into my debian to automount usb-media. This directory where mount-points (the mount-directories) are created is passed ...
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Why does the memory usage in “top” not add up?

I have noticed that sometimes when I run top, the memory usage of each process in the process table does not seem to add up to the total. For example, in the dump below, top says that I am using 16 ...
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Linux shutdown in 30 seconds?

Simple question: what params can be used to shutdown a computer running Linux/OSX in 30 seconds? I've always run Windows, where I would go shutdown -s -t 30 but the parameters are different. I've ...
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Setting up OpenVPN on Debian

I'm trying to setup openVPN on debian, well this worked. But every client will get the same ip (172.17.0.6 - local it is). I have no idea how to set my server in bridge mode. I've read about: ...
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Linux: neither chsh nor ypchsh is working, can I change my shell?

I'm an old-school Unix guy, so my Linux skills are probably slightly out-dated. But this seems like it should be simple enough. On a Red Hat Linux system where I do not have root (it is administered ...
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What happens if I set my shell to be an invalid program and restart?

If I change my shell to be something like /bin/abc, where abc is something random (or may not even exist), what happens when I login (assume that I have added it to /etc/shells, so chsh won't whine.)? ...
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How does /dev/sdX work?

Sorry if I don't have the correct terminology, I am still somewhat a linux novice. I have a computer with four hard drives (sda, sdb, sdc & sdd) in it. I am going to add a fifth (sde) which will ...
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How to execute python script from console without writing full path?

I have a few python scripts on /usr/share/scripts/ that I use often, and I want to be able to execute them by just writing the name and not the full path, how could I do this? echo $PATH shows me: ...
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Linux vulnerable to PDF attacks?

I've heard of attacks using PDF files on Windows with Adobe Acrobat and Foxit Reader. Is Linux vulnerable to these attacks when using the default PDF viewers in KDE or Gnome or even xpdf? What is a ...
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find Argument list too long

I want to search in many many files for a string. I used find /archive/* -print0 | xargs -0 grep 'robert' -sl Is there a simple method to do it ?
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Does availability of outbound SSH connection means SSH tunnel possible?

At work, my company has lately gone crazy and has started blocking all the sites (Almost all, facebook, gtalk, picasa, hotmail, gmail etc etc). But, I have observed that they allow any outbound SSH ...
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Changing file permission to execute

My shell script runs from the command line, but fails in cronjob. /bin/sh: asper.sh: Permission denied -rw-r--r-- asper.sh I guess the permission should look like '-rwxr-xr--' How can I change ...
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How do you configure a Windows machine for a Linux user? [closed]

How do you configure a Windows (preferably latest version) machine for a Linux power user, so that s/he can get most out of it?
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Install Mint Linux 11 to a small partition on a large USB drive

I want to install Linux Mint 11 (just came out) to a USB drive. My USB drive is 34 GB. So I want to put a 1-2 GB partition on it and install Mint just to that. Is that possible? I am new ...
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How do I run a script in the background and leave it running when I log out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Leave bash script running on remote terminal while not logged in? I have a bash script that runs Gaussian, a chemical structure calculator, which spends a couple days ...
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how do I share a folder beetwen Linux running Android on Virtual box?

I'm running Android (without installing it) through VirtualBox under Ubuntu. I already added a folder of my Ubuntu system, in the shared folder settings in VirtualBox. Now the question is: how do I ...