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Where is the $HOME environment variable set?

I'm looking for the place where $HOME environment variable set. It is after login, to my mind. I'm using Linux debian 2.6.32-5-686.
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Route the traffic over specific interface for a process in linux

Is it possible to route the traffic used by a process over a specific interface? For example, network traffic by download application should always use the interface wlan0 where as all other ...
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how to install matlab from iso file in linux without root permission?

I have an ISO file of MATLAB and I want to extract it to be able to run the installer. I'm not the admin of the computer and there is no 7-zip or file-roller. It has isoinfo but I don't how to use it ...
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VideoLAN device addressing in VLC

How do I get the VideoLAN device information that corresponds with /dev/video, and /dev/video1 for vlc targetting? This command kind of does what I want: vlc v4l2:// -vvv input_stream ...
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X Error of failed request: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes) ffmpeg error

I'm getting the following error message in ffmpeg: X Error of failed request: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes) Major opcode of failed request: 140 (MIT-SHM) Minor opcode of failed ...
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Open firewall port on Fedora 14

I want to open the port 18680 on my remote Fedora 14 machine. I did sudo iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 18680 -m state --state NEW,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT sudo iptables -I OUTPUT -p tcp --sport ...
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Arch Linux Networkmanager Issues

I been having issues with connecting to an encrypted network. All encrpyted networks that are in range show that they have 0 signal in networmanager, however it can see that they are there. When I run ...
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Troubleshooting timeout and login problem, data transfer logging

I can't use gmail or Google log-in enabled openAuth from my browser in Ubuntu, but the same computer (It is a dual boot) works fine for everything in Windows. I connect through a Dynex router, and a ...
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How to decide how much space to allocate for different directories while installing Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution?

Normally when I install Ubuntu or any other desktop distributions of Linux I let the installer do its thing with minimal interference from me. In the last couple of installations I noticed that I ...
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How do I clear out the ssh-agent entries (on Mac OS X )?

I'm running Mac OS X, and it appears that after SSHing to several machines, using identity files, my 'ssh-agent' builds up a lot of identity / keys and then sometimes offers too many to a ...
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GNOME3/Shell Quick Music Access

After having been a Gnome user since initial release in 1999, I have now upgraded to Gnome3. I figured despite everyone's moaning, over 10 years of a successful desktop means I should give it a fair ...
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Removing/Disabling Firewall on Linux CentOs seem to happen temporarily

I tried following the instructions in this link to disable and remove iptables firewall using commands: # service iptables save # service iptables stop # chkconfig iptables off # iptables -F # ...
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Deleted files recovery

I was working on my Ubuntu lab machine and unconsciously deleted the project files I was working on. I have been working on the project for the past 10 days. Is there a way to restore the files? I ...
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Keep notification area always show on GNOME 3

I've installed GNOME 3 on my Gentoo Linux, it really awesome and I love it. But here is a little glitch that I don't get used to: The notification area is hide until I hit "Windows" key or move the ...
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What should I know/read/do to get started with Linux (Ubuntu)

I am a Windows user. I work as a web developer. I would like to start using Linux, slowly perhaps as my main OS. I would like to know more abt Linux, like what Anti-Virus/Firewalls are recommended (if ...
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scriptable/non curses IM clients

Just something I've been curious about. I've been messing a fair bit with some of my own scripts, and in some cases, getting sent an IM would be useful to let me know when a task is done. So, here's ...
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Partition choice for Linux install, booting from CD on Mac

I downloaded the Linux iso and burned it to a CD, but before I boot from it, I want to know how/if I choose which partition Linux gets installed to. I have Linux Ubuntu 10.10 and Mac 10.5.8.
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Start Terminal in Specific Folder in Ubuntu 10.10

I keep all of my web design work under /var/www/(application_name). Nine times out ten, when I open a terminal, I'm heading to the www folder - cd /var/www. I would love to make that my "home" folder ...
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How to set up VPN Connection with .p12 and ovpn file

Right, i'm quite new to linux 'Ubuntu 10.10' and i'm having a hard time trying to import keys and certificates for vpn connection to my work office server. I have a .p12 file which is the key i'm ...
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Linux: How to apply ICC profile to whole desktop?

I have a monitor with oversaturated red (HP LP2475w). I am able to apply ICC profile to various apps like GIMP and Firefox and Gnome. But I'd like to apply it to everything - because e.g. Flash ...
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memory usage linux in top is not correct

I am a bit worried about my linux vserver box. No more memory is left. To investigate this issue, i was looking at "top". But it deeply confuses me. It seems that no more memory is left, altough ...
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Remove Gnome windows manager and install the Xfce windows manager

Is it possible to install a different windows manager? Currently I am using an HP Netbook 210. The windows manager I am using is "gnome-shell" that comes as default with Fedora 15. However, I am ...
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Programs run at boot time: where are they hidden?

I am struggling to understand where PackageKit is launched from at boot time (fedora FC13), and I'm starting to suspect that - since my previous experiences with much older Linux distros - in modern ...
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terminal via null-modem cable

How to get the Linux terminal via null-modem cable on-the-fly (without editing /etc/inittab file)?
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Accidentally changed partition type while trying to get a ext/luks encrypted linux partition to mount under windows 7 x64

As the title suggests, I was fiddling with ext2 volume manager trying to get my unencrypted removable ext/luks drive to show up under windows. I accidentally went to 'change partition type' and ...
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Providing remote support to users behind a NAT using ssh?

I want to provide remote support for some linux boxes via ssh. I have no passwords on these machines and they are behind a nat, without port forwarding. My idea was, that whenever a client needs my ...
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Save iptables when iptables-save doesn't exist?

I'm working on a Soekris net4801 that is running an unknown distro of Linux. The kernel is 2.4.29, and iptables is v1.3.4. I can't work out how to save the iptables. I searched the whole system for ...
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xinetd server configuration

I have a java server console program that I have configured xinetd to start when connection comes in on a given port and then the program runs in an infinite loop receiving inputstream from telephone ...
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Mounting a CDROM in Ubuntu

I'm using a software that needs to read data from a cdrom. The instructions say to mount the cdrom (mount /mnt/cdrom). I understand that I need to mount the cdrom to /mnt/cdrom. I created a folder ...
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Additional OS on my Laptop

I need to install a Linux OS (SuSE or RedHat) on my machine running Windows 7. What is the best way to have a dedicated physical partition or virtual partition?
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Which linux environment varaiable gives the path to the users desktop?

It turns out that different languages can have a path to the desktop folder. ~/Desktop is ~/Työpöytä in Finnish What way via the shell can I get access to the translated folder?
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the best choice of a partition type to be seen from WinXP, MacOS and Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-platform file system Hi, I've just bought 1TB external drive which I would like to use to move my files around between MacOS, Windows XP and linux system. What is ...
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Can I access my desktop over VNC at a different screen size?

I've already installed x11vnc and have it running well on my laptop upstairs. I can access my existing desktop session with no real problems, it works great. The problem I'm running into is the fact ...
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Converting Filename Encoding

my operating system is Arch Linux. I am trying to extract a .zip archive that contains CJK characters in its filenames. It was most likely created on a Windows machine. I tried the unzip utility and ...
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Pipe kernel messages to another process as they occur

I have an OLED screen on my laptop that I have configured to show status information. The current driver I have installed in Linux for it is able to display messages by sending them to a script as an ...
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Install linux to USB flash drive - “normal” not “live”

Is it possible to install linux to USB flash drive so that I can install further software in it? I mean use my harddrive as /home I know ho to create a live-usb, but it leaves me with read-only ...
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Over/underclock 5870 on linux without limits?

I want to downclock my Ati Radeon HD5870's memory to 300Mhz and overclock it's core frequency to 930Mhz. I can do this on windows using Ati Tray Tools. On linux, the only way to do this so far has ...
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How can I serve Subversion repository contents on the web?

Is there a way to serve files from a SVN repository, on the same server, to apache www directory? I want to show my boss/customer the most recent version of a project without uploading it by FTP. I'm ...
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Why do we use ./progname in *nix systems to execute a program?

I've been using Linux & Mac for sometime now and I always wonder - Why do we have to execute a program like ./progname . I know Unix treats every thing as a file and it stores the filename in a ...
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pulseaudio, external usb soundcard too low volume [closed]

The jack plug on my built-in sound card in my notebook doesn't work so I have to use an external one via a USB port. Since I bought it I only used Windows and it worked fine, but when yesterday I ...
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TOP command memory usage

Under SuSE, (Mem: 31908592k total, 31421504k used,) how do i know which process or program using my memory?
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VirtualBox and missing packets in wireshark

I've been using virtualbox for some time for development purposes. Under the latest version of virtualbox 4.04 where Linux is the host, I'm noticing that I cannot see packets sent to the virtual ...
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How do I get the printer name to include in `lpoptions -d`

I am trying to set the default printer on a machine running xubuntu from the command line. It looks like I need: lpoptions -d "printer_name" but I do not know the name of the printer. How can I find ...
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Bash Shell Script with Menu

I've written a bash shell script (code provided below) that gives the user 4 options. However I'm having a little trouble with the code. Right now when they select option 3, to show the date. It loops ...
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Linux Ping: Show time out

How can I make the Linux ping to show the requests 'time out' instead of omitting the output? Just like the Windows version of ping.
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are there any drawback for using NTFS for linux?

I use linux for work (perform c++ calculations, latex) and I use windows for entertainment (dj software, tablet functionality). I'd like to access (read and write) to my linux partition from windows. ...
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Is there a keystroke combination like “WIN + Left-arrow” In Linux (openSUSE)?

Is there a keystroke combination like "WIN + Left-arrow" in Linux (openSUSE), which moves the active window to the right half of the current screen? Edit: The solution I found is: Download ...
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How do I fix eclipse's hang on 66% while building workspace?

I am using Linux Mint Debian Eclipse 3.5.2 Anytime I save it gets stuck on 66% Need to know how to diagnose or fix the issue
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What is “upstream”?

I always hear people saying it's better to "merge upstream" and stuff like that when it comes to designing software and the like. I have a feeling it's to do with mainstream linux kernel stuff but I'm ...
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How do I know the gzip compression level?

Given a gzip compressed file, how do I know what compression level (1-9) was used for it?