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Script or launcher to setup multiple terminal tabs in different locations

I have already studied this some time ago, but did not find any solution that would open terminal tabs, run some commands and then allow me to continue using those terminal tabs. All the ways I found ...
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Can I access Microsoft Outlook PST archives with any other tools?

I would like to access my Microsoft Outlook archives (pst files) from machines that do not have Microsoft Office installed. Is that possible? Think of several years worth of PST archive files. My ...
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Use VirtualBox to boot a physical drive/partition

I have two partitions on my hard drive, one for Windows and one for linux. I would like to use VirtualBox in Linux to boot the Windows partition as a virtual machine. How can I acheive this?
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Linux: Is there something similar to “top” for I/O?

My disk often is utilized, but top (and htop, a custom replacement) show nothing suspicious. Is there a way to sort processes by I/O (more specific: disk) utilization? EDIT Found out using iotop ...
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Why use multiple partitions on Linux installations?

Does it really perform better than a single partitioned installation? Why?
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What exactly determines if a backgrounded job is killed when the shell is exited, or killed?

This question has come up quite a lot (really a lot), but I'm finding the answers to be generally incomplete. The general question is "Why does/doesn't my job get killed when I exit/kill ssh?", and ...
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Is there a filesystem that is “friendly” to both windows and Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Suggestions for sharing and using data between Ubuntu and Windows 7 dual boot I'm planning to install Ubuntu 10.04 with Windows 7. (I'm new to Linux, have to use at work so ...
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Ubuntu/ Gnome : Open an application in a specific workspace

How do tell an application to open in a specific workspace? More info: I like to have my C++ IDE in workspace 2, my Java IDE in workspace 3, and my email, browser and miscellaneous in workspace ...
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OS X keeps “losing” my Linux Samba shares

I have a Linux server (Ubuntu 8.10) and a Macbook (10.5.7). The Linux server has some Samba shares which I mount on the Macbook. They are set to mount on boot using the "Open Applications at Startup" ...
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Setting permissions for specific user and groups in Linux

How can I grant permission for files to a specific user or a specific group? We have three groups: "g12" ("u1" and "u2), "g34" and "g56". g12 - should only read the file. g34 - should write and ...
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Can Windows use a Linux shell instead of cmd?

I was wondering if it is somehow technologically possible for Windows to add some sort of Linux interface? I think it would win over many programmers to develop on Windows. Any ideas on this?
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How do you track which packages were installed on Fedora (Linux)?

(This question is very similar to 6338. It was suggested that it be split from it as Fedora and Ubuntu/Debian are different enough to warrant different answers.) As I use any Fedora setup I ...
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How to bulk-rename files with invalid encoding or bulk-replace invalid encoded characters?

I have a debian server and I'm hosting music for an internet radio station. I have trouble with file names and paths because a lot of files got an invalid encoding, for example: ./music/Bändname - ...
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Why does Ubuntu require restart to complete updates?

I have heard that Linux machines can run for months without restarting. Why then does Ubuntu say "Restart required to complete updates..." after installing updates? Linux and UNIX users brag about ...
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Is a hybrid Linux USB-Stick for UEFI & legacy BIOS possible?

my idea is to create an USB-Boot-Stick with Lubuntu that is able to boot on an older BIOS Laptop and an newer UEFI Systems. This would be quite easy, when the Stick would be setup as a legacy boot ...
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How to “flush tor circuit”

On Windows I have used XBBrowser, which provides a custom version of Firefox suited to using Tor. XBBrowser provides a button, flush tor circuit, which will setup an entirely new connection and exit ...
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How to make ssh log in as the right user?

I use ssh on a variety of machines, mainly linux. Accounts on these machines vary in naming scheme: if my name is First Last, then I have accounts: first, flast, last_f, lastf, and sometimes I need to ...
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How to recover files from linux ext4 harddrive

Just rm -rf *'d home/me/ directory... tried extundelete, didn't recover more than 10% of data.. trying scalpel, taking forever.. Anyone know of a sure fire way to recover data from ext4?
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What is the easiest way to make a backup of an entire hard disk

I got myself a dell laptop from the local computer store. Its a used machine with Windows Vista Home Basic on it. I want to load Ubuntu Desktop 10.10 though so I can do perl development. BUT I want to ...
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Change the default codepage from latin1 to utf8 on a linux machine

How can I change the default codepage/charset on a linux system from latin1 to utf8? I need to do this on two systems, one is running Ubuntu and the other Debian.
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How can I access a Linux partition from Windows?

I'd like to be able to access my Linux /home partition from within Windows on a dual-boot machine. Since the partition is formatted for XFS, I can't use explore2fs. What other ways might I be able ...
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Good Linux Distributions for Newbies [closed]

What are some good distributions for newbies? I'm not talking about your grandma who only uses the computer for surfing and solitaire. I'm talking about fairly intelligent people who who know their ...
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Unable to resolve hostname to ip

On my Debian server, the hostname is set to "debian." When I tried to ping debian from another Linux machine, it says "ping: cannot resolve debian: Unknown host." When trying to ping to any other ...
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How to join an Active Directory with a Linux machine

How can I join an Active Directory domain with a Linux machine? Will it work with Ubuntu, Redhat, CentOS? Are there any with which it will not work?
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Disabling Google Chrome Download auto numbering for existing files

When I save a file (e.g. Images) to a folder which already exist there, Chrome adds a (N) where N is first available number. This causes I have multiple copies of same file! How can I disable Chrome's ...
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Batch rename files in Linux

How I can rename images with 'rename' command from "something_full.jpg" to "something_500.jpg" recursive?
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How to convert a photo to a black and white image by ImageMagick?

How can I convert a JPEG photo to black and white (not grayscale) image like output of a FAX scanner, by ImageMagick?
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scp hangs at 100%, before finishing

my scp commands do hang at 100% before the finish (some seconds), The output I get using -vvv is this: http://paste.pocoo.org/show/137504/ Any ideas?
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Is it possible to power off a PCIe video card/slot? (eg. hot-plug)

I'm looking at building a system that supports VT-d so I can pass through a high powered loud video card to a Xen/KVM/whatever VM (host will be Linux based). However, when I'm not using the VM I want ...
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How to switch users without entering password

I'm a newbie running Ubuntu 9.10. I have two users (wife and me), and each user's screensaver is set to lock so that on wakeup, we get to choose which user's desktop to go to. However, Ubuntu requires ...
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BIOS corrupted? How to proceed? Acer Travelmate 290

I have a older ACER Travelmate 290 (manufactured in 2002 or 2003), which I recently tried to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10. After doing the upgrade process it appeared as if I had a problem with my x server ...
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Can windows command line support Linux “cd -”?

In Linux we can use "cd -" to enter the previous directory, like: /home/user: cd /a /a: cd - /home/user: The - means the latest previous directory.
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rsync as a background process?

I've been using rsync to sync a bunch of files between my two servers. I set a cron job that would run rsync every minute. However, I'd prefer if I could have it run always, so that files are synced ...
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what does crypt(3) and whatnot mean [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the parentheses and number after a Linux command or C function mean? In Linux Manpages (http://linux.die.net/man/3/crypt) I often see sth like this: crypt(3), bla(4)...
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Linux command-line: Quick way to disable internet (keeping LAN)?

Split question: this other one here is for Windows. Linux: Fastest way to disable internet (keeping LAN) from command line? I think the easiest way to deactivate internet (not LAN) in Linux is to ...
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Find document files and copy them to another directory

This is a bit of a basic question but I'm trying to copy all .doc files I find in a directory and copy them to another directory. I know each command: find -name '*.doc' . and: cp filename ...
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Can't boot OS from USB drive, showing black screen with blinking cursor

I have a problem with booting from a USB flash drive. I have Acer TimelineX 3820TG. I have Windows 7 Home from Acer and I installed Mandriva OS from USB(from USB because this Acer doen't have a DVD ...
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Convert a colored PDF into a white/black

On Debian Sid, I have a PDF with a blue background and yellow font. I've searched a lot on Super User but i haven't found anything useful for me. I have tried to convert the PDF into a grayscale one ...
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Xmodmap: Six characters to one key?

From OpenSUSE wiki: (As long as Mode_switch/ISO_Level3_Shift is assigned to the keycode of Alt Gr - if you assign Mode_switch and ISO_Level3_Shift to different keys, you can assign up to six ...
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What do I need to share a partition for both Windows & Linux?

I wand to use a partition and to be accessible for Windows 7 & Linux Ubuntu for read/write operations. Can anyone recommend me something?
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How to recover deleted files?

My laptop has two os. one is windows vista. and other is Ubuntu. I am currently on ubuntu system, this is my primary OS. There are 4 partitions of my hard disk Windows OS Linux(Ubuntu OS) Data ...
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How do you remove nested empty directories using a Bash script on Linux?

I want to be able to run a script that will remove all my empty directories. The problem is some of them are nested, i.e. directories that only have empty directories in them, so the script needs to ...
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How can I shrink a Logical Volume, and re-allocate the freed space into a new partition on the same drive?

I have a drive, sda. It has two partitions: sda1: /boot sda2: LVM managed in Volume Group volgrp01 volgrp01 contains the following Logical Volumes: lv_root (30 GB) lv_swap (8 GB) lv_scratch (430 ...
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How to add a new kernel to grub2

How can we add a kernel to grub2? i knew the stuff we could do with the former versions, but it seems to have changed. What files should we edit?
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7-zip for linux

7-zip for linux, does such a thing exist? I mean actually 7-zip or a port, not another compression tool or command
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How does rebooting a computer work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does a computer restart itself? How does a computer's reboot command actually work? How is the computer told that it shouldn't stay down after powering off, and that ...
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Is backwards redirection the same as a pipe?

In Linux if you type sort < txtfile is that the same thing as cat txtfile | sort
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Why is it bad to run as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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Where does top command get all the data for CPU Utilization?

When I run the top command, the third line is; Cpu(s): 0.3%us, 0.3%sy, 0.0%ni, 99.2%id, 0.1%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.1%st From where does top command get this data? Does it get from /proc?, if ...
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Mouse in screen(1) on the Linux console?

How can I use the mouse in GNU screen on the Linux console? I would expect this to have to go via gpm, but that doesn't seem to happen by default, even if the curses library does link to libgpm. (This ...