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Creating LVM partition on SD card fails with “device not found”

I'm trying to create a single LVM volume on my SD card, using Ubuntu Netbook Remix. The SD card is at /dev/mmcblk0. So far, I've used fdisk to create a partition (type 8e - Linux LVM) on the device. ...
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Which lightweight HTTP or FTP Server is good for simple file transfer? [closed]

This question is a followup to How to copy files to an untrusted computer?, as there doesn't seem to be a dedicated app for this purpose, I am now searching for a http or ftp server as an alternative. ...
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X11 versions: Mapping between 1.X and 7.x notation?

I often encounter information about the X11 server. Sometimes the version is written as 1.6.x, sometimes as 7.4.x. However, in both cases, same product seems to be referred. Why these are such ...
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Where should I store my mercurial repo on linux?

I'd like to set up a mercurial repo on a linux machine. Originally, I was going to set it up in my home directory but a lot of different users are going to be accessing it so it doesn't seem like the ...
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What you'd need to setup BBS?

What I need to setup BBS nowadays? I'm thinking of BBBS or PCBoard (no telnet! too new technology). What I've thinked so far, I'd need: virtual machine which runs DOS and hook that virtual COM-port ...
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How can I easily view and record a video input in Linux?

I currently have my Wii plugged into a Linux box with a Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350. To view the video input on my monitor I use VLC with /dev/video0 as the input. This works great, but I would like to ...
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Get XMMS2 to call outside script on automatic playlist advance?

Is there a way to get XMMS2 to call an outside script when it advances in a playlist - either automatically or via manual intervention (e.g. xmms2 next)? The goal is to have balloons pop up on my ...
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Configuring NTLDR so that I can dual boot without using grub?

I recovered my windows and in the process I lost the grub for ubuntu 9 . Now i want to change NTLDR so that i can dual boot. Can anyone help?
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how can I determine how many inodes a directory uses?

We're running into an inode limit on our fileserver and I'm doing an experiment to reduce the number of inodes. How can I find out how many inodes a directory uses? I read that the linux kernel ...
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Linux: list contents of sub directories with given name?

I'm using linux to analyze a windows directory structure. The structure is: /Documents and settings /username1 /My Documents ... /username2 /My Documents ... ... What command ...
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How do I access a directory by timestamp?

I have a set of directories on my linux box that have names like this: bulk-load_20090918-162100 The latter part is a timestamp. Is there any way that I can access the directory with the greatest ...
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How can I display the list of all packages installed on my Debian system?

How can I get the list of all packages installed on my Debian system (I know this one is easy)? And also a list of all packages marked as manual? I am thinking about system upgrade, but I can't ...
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NTFS symlinks in linux

I have an NTFS formatted drive (from a previous windows installation) and it contains some symlinks (reparse points), For some reason, I can't do anything with these symlinks: I can't go to where ...
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SVN Notifier for linux?

I would like to know if there is any version of this software for linux or any equivalent: svn notifier
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Generic X balloon apps?

I am looking for a simple utility that lets me display ephemeral balloons (like the kind that are built into Thunderbird, or certain GNOME system notifications in Ubuntu, say) in a corner of my screen ...
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What is the difference between Unix and Linux?

I want to know what the actual difference between Unix and Linux is. Do they share the same kernel? Is Linux built on Unix? Do programs written for Linux work on Unix and vice-versa?
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How can a linux disk be full, but files total to significanly less?

df reports 16G partition at 100%. du on root reports about 1G in files. Where did all my disk space go?
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Useful Linux commands for programmers?

I am taking a test soon and I would like to know useful commands on Linux for a programmer. Some examples are string, strace, top, free, df, mount, cat, head, tail, whoami, touch. What are others? I ...
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Where does the command “top” get its information from in linux?

Which files does the linux command "top" read from in order to build its table of data? Specifically, I'd like to be able to find the data for the "command" column based off of a PID.
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Finding the process that is using a certain port in Linux

I'd like to be able to find out which process is currently using a certain port in Linux. Is there any way to do this?
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Linux 'ping' - Show when timeout occurrs?

Is there a way to make the Linux implementation of 'ping' to act like the Windows implementation in the way that it shows when a timeout occurs. I don't want it to exit, just show a timeout message. ...
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Scrobble shoutcast station on Ubuntu? [closed]

Is there any player/plugin/hack that works on Ubuntu and would scrobble "now playing" info from shoutcast radio station ID3 tags to last.fm?
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linux permissions on folders

AFAIK when i have r-- it means i can read the directory but not CD into it (according to the book). IIRC i can drop files in when i have -w- access. So why cant i copy files (i understand why i cant ...
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Linux File system for a 1 TB External Hard drive

I have a 1TB external seagate hard drive that i use it with my dell inspiron 1525 laptop running UBuntu 9.04. I dont intend to share my hdd with anyone, so my laptop is the ...
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Autounmounting USB keys with FAT filesystem on Linux (RHEL5)

For security reasons, I have two workstations i front of me, and I can only transfer data between them through a USB key. As you can imagine, it can get quickly tiresome, but the most annoying is ...
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How to manage desktop real-estate for Ubuntu/Gnome

I'd like to reserve a section of my desktop for placing all my widgets. So when a window is maximized, it does not get mixed up with the widgets. Since there's a solution for Windows, I am guessing ...
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Prevent a download to saturate all bandwidth on Linux

In Linux, a single download can use all available bandwidth, so that any other connection can't be started. (e.g. if I am downloading updates, I can't surf the web at the same time) Is there a way to ...
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(Linux hackable router) What hardware + software? [closed]

I read this thread on Linux-based wifi routers, and I'd like to check what my options are. I'm looking for 1) an affordable wifi router that 2) can be reflashed with Linux to provide load balancing ...
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What is “~/” directory?

Maybe not programming related, but I want to reference this directory in c program. I thought it is $HOME, but when I unset $HOME, I can still cd ~/ in bash. It is also not $USER's home, since I can ...
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On Linux, mounting network drives depending on the network profile

In Linux, is there a way to automatically mount different network filers depending on depending on the network profile? I have a laptop that moves from place to place and would like to mount or not ...
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GNOME Terminal - process name in tab title

How can I put the current running process name into a GNOME Terminal tab title (or title bar when there's only one tab)? -- UPDATE -- To clarify, I want the tab title to update when I run a process, ...
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good voice syntheses for linux [closed]

is there any nice free voice syntheses software with a quality close to this At&t project http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php for linux beside espeak and gnuspeech (which i find ...
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rm -rf problem on ubuntu 9.04

Ok this is a sort of solved problem, however i am still interested in what was behind it.. I have been building chromium from source for a while now, and decided to get rid of the src directroy and ...
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How to get alt-tab on GNOME to cycle through applications like Windows?

I am running GNOME desktop v2.16.0 on RedHat Enterprise Linux v5.3. I would like to assign the Alt-Tab key to cycle through the currently running applications like Microsoft Windows does. I believe ...
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Add an URI handler to xdg-open

I want to associate Spotify URIs with my bash script that runs spotify, however, I don't know how to make xdg-open open spotify: URIs with that bash script. Any suggestions?
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How to copy files to an untrusted computer?

I want to copy files securely from one computer to another, the other computer however isn't trusted and I don't have direct access to it other then giving the owner of the computer instructions. In ...
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How to install aspell (spell check library) on fedora?

I want to install aspell library (http://aspell.net/) on fedora. GNU Aspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker.
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Application are closed down unexpectedly under Ubuntu

I'm running Ubuntu and sometimes when the system under load one of applications just disappear for some reason. Usually it is Firefox but it happens to other applications as well. There's no logs in ...
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chmod problems with setting others to read

I have a directory tree with the permission for others as none. I need to change it to read. I execute this command: chmod -R o+r My\ Dir However, it doesn't seem to work for directories, as ...
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Linux kernel, Nvidia: Turning off graphics in Ubuntu

How can you turn off graphics at Ubuntu's GRUB -bootloader such that you can access and see terminal? I have a 5-year-old Nvidia graphics-card which is not anymore compatible with Linux kernel 2..18 ...
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Serve up PC hard drive as USB mass storage

Is there a software package available that can serve up a hard-drive internal to a PC and make it available over USB to other USB Master nodes as mass storage? Ex: take your C: or /dev/hda drive on a ...
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What is Gnome / KDE etc?

I have been on Windows my entire life. Without getting too technical, what are these things? When I search on the net, I get some technical results. I simple do not understand what these things are! ...
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fast Linux directory tree removal

rm -rf mydir is painfully slow for a directory tree with 100000 files (in sub-directories) on a reiserfs file system. Any ideas for faster removal of directory trees (even risking rare corruption) ...
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Mount Windows CIFS Share with smbclient?

I'm trying to figure out how to share a network windows CIFS share ( I do not manage it ) with smbclient. Initially I tried using the default Debian Lenny mounting application in Places->Connect to ...
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fbsetbg gives error whenever i startx

Whenever I startx, I get this error message from fbsetbg. fbsetbg: Something went wrong while setting the wallpaper. Run 'display -geometry 1280x1024+0+0 -wn xterm to find out what. This confuses ...
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Time changes when using two OSs

I have a dual boot machine. Ubuntu and Windows Vista. After rebooting from Ubuntu to Vista, i see that the time has changed in Vista and vice versa. Why does this happen?? The time zones on both the ...
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System-wide environment variables for zsh on Ubuntu

I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 I'm trying to add some system-wide envvars, I want them to be visible to both bash and zsh(my main shell), I added them to /etc/profile but unfortunately I can't see them in zsh ...
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Installing Ubuntu and Windows Vista on the same drive

Can Ubuntu and Windows Vista both be installed on the same drive?
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How do i make any application use my eth0:0 interface?

Like in curL, we have a bind address option, we can download using a certain interface.. For ex, to download from eth0:0 we use $curl --interface eth0:0 http://www.google.com This way, my aim is to ...
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How can I compile the CIFS filesystem for a DLINK DNS-323 box?

How can I find/compile/install the CIFS filesystem for a DLINK DNS-323 box? Updated: for added clarity: the CIFS module is nowhere to be found. Firstly, I need an indication as to how I can procure ...