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Hard Reset USB in Ubuntu 10.04

I have a USB device (a modem) that is really finicky. Sometimes it works fine, but other times it refuses to connect. The only solution I have found to fix it once it gets into a bad state is to ...
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Running KDE as root

KDE panels look strange with black colors when I login using root account. Is it possible to make KDE look normal? I am using root account because I spend most of the time performing administration ...
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Where Linux places the messages of boot?

I want to find place to where Linux writes all boot messages. You know: facility one [STARTED] facility two [STARTED] facility three [FAILED] I searched with find . -print0 | xargs -0 grep ...
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Create three level of directories

I need to make three levels of folders each numbered 0-9 so that I can access files/1/2/3/123456.jpg mkdir {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0}/{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0}/{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0} doesn't work. I don't ...
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Samba not found

I installed Samba, and edited smb.conf. Then I typed the following: sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart The response I got was sudo: /etc/init.d/samba: command not found So now what? Edit: If ...
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Default Kerberos realm

I was following the instructions to install Samba from their website, and it said I needed to install the package krb5-user. So I typed: sudo apt-get install krb5-user It started installing, and ...
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Why ext filesystems don't fill entire device?

I've just noticed any of ext{2,3,4} filesystems i'm trying to create on 500G HDD don't use all available space (466G). I've also tried reiser3, xfs, jfs, btrfs and even vfat. All of them create fs of ...
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Linux directory access question

I have a linux system with apache installed and i store web files in /home/username/www/sitename/htdocs. For this to work my /home/username has read and execute permissions for everyone. I know it's ...
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What is a good free Linux FTP backup solution? [closed]

I have the need for a backup solution that will let me run local incremental backups and then synchronize the backup with a remote folder over FTP. I have found several solutions that would allow me ...
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Wanted: GPS-Track (gpx) Analyzer for Linux

I'm looking for a nice tool for Linux to get statistics out of a GPX track. Most important is total length, but also average speed in different section, height difference etc. would be useful. Any ...
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Unable to connect to PPTP VPN with Ubuntu 10.04

I'm trying to connect to my corporate VPN using a laptop running Ubuntu 10.04. It's a company laptop but as I have chosen to run Linux rather than "a proper" OS, I'm mostly on-my-own as far as getting ...
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How to install both Windows 7 and Linux?

I want to install Windows 7 on my laptop in such a way that it will be relatively easily to install Linux some time later as a 2nd OS. How should I make HD partitioning? What software should I use ...
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Can't use smbpasswd in Ubuntu 10.04

When I try to run smbpasswd this is what I get: cli_pipe_validate_current_pdu: RPC fault code DCERPC_FAULT_OP_RNG_ERROR received from host 127.0.0.1! machine 127.0.0.1 rejected the password change: ...
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How can I automatically set write permissions on mounting a usb drive in linux?

When I mount an external usb drive on linux (CentOs4), the permissions are by default set to read-only. Since there are multiple users on the computer who need to use the external drive, I want ...
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What's wrong with my smb.conf and why can't Windows access the share?

I'm trying to use Samba to share files between Windows XP and Ubuntu. I edited the smb.conf and added the workgroup name and netbios name. This is the part that has problems: [Myshare] comment = ...
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Telnet into XP machine

Is it possible for XP to be setup to allow a Linux computer to telnet into it?
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Linux “Top” command for Windows Powershell?

I am looking for a PowerShell cmdlet that can provide similar functionality to the Linux Top app. Something that refreshes at some given interval and displays the process list with CPU % util. I have ...
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How to loop a script execution with param from a text file?

I need to run ./pythonScript keyword one time for each keyword in a text file, how can I do this from a gnome terminal? (without having to modify the pythonScript) pseudo code: for each keyword in ...
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sda and dma on Linux

If a hard drive has a name like sda1 or sdb1 does that mean DMA is automatically being used?
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Linux disk access slows down system

My system slows down even when the CPU load is less than 100%, and I think it's doing this because it's writing to the swap partition. Yes, my swap partition is on a different disk than my OS. I ...
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man sections mapping

where I can to find mapping between man section number and it's description in standalone mashine. In other words, where I can to find description of some man section when I have not connection to ...
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how can I overwrite freespace on compress-enabled NTFS volume by zero

I'm sorry this question may sound strange. This is my story. I have a netbook with a tiny tiny 16GB SSD so no space shall be abused. currently, it was splitted into 2 partitions. I installed windows ...
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Ramdisk ubuntu 10.04

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04(64bit) for my desktop. The machine has a 5GB RAM. I want to use RAM disk(1G or 2G) but I don't know how can I do this. Is there any opensource product of RAM disk?
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Installing LILO on rEFI on Macbook which has 3 partitions: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux

My Macbook has Windows and Mac OS X installed already. I try to install Ubuntu on the unused partion and the installation is done. However, the Linux partition does not appear on the rEFI boot ...
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Do distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora costomize their own kernels?

As I was trying to do some patching on Ubuntu's kernel I've found out kernel.org's patches cannot be merged correctly with the kernel source. I'm wondering if distributions like Ubuntu have their own ...
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Automatic Notification of Degraded RAID Array in Ubuntu

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on top of a RAID-1 array. Out of curiosity, I decided to bring up the "Disk Utility" program to inspect the status of my array. To my surprise, the array was listed as ...
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Getting my desired resolution and refresh rate in Ubuntu

My problem: I cannot get my desired resolution and refresh rate in Ubuntu (10.04, Lucid). I want to run at the best my poor monitor can, which in Windows (XP through 7) is 1152*864 with a refresh ...
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Why do operating systems have file size limits?

What limits a file to have some maximum size depending on the Operating System? From this page: I do not exactly understand this. If you have the storage space, what else can be the limitation? ...
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I want to compile an OS. What is the best way to start?

Just to learn, I want to recompile some OS. I don't want a list of steps to be taken to do it because with that I will not be learning a lot, which would defeat the purpose. I also do not want to be ...
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Linux kernel yield() functionality

When I start VMWare Player it gives me this message: How can I setup my system so that this yield() functionality is automatically enabled?
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Creating stable, automatically reconnecting PPTP connection in Ubuntu

I've been using network-manager-pptp to create a PPTP VPN connection in my Ubuntu virtual machine for a while now, but I have constant problems with random disconnects. I don't know what the cause of ...
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Filtering output by OR condition in Linux

is there some way to filter output of command by OR condition in Linux? There is filtering by AND condition with grep in way like: ls -l | grep "^a" | grep "z$" That says: list all files that ...
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IP address alias assigned by DHCP

I would like to create several aliases to eth0, but have the addresses assigned by DHCP instead of being set to static IP's. Is this even possible? All the examples I've seen assign a static IP using ...
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bogus memory allocation size in RedHat Linux Enterprise 5

I am trying to open a pdf file via evince,after I open it and go through the page,Program suddenly jumped out and following error appears in shell ''bogus memory allocation size'' how it can be fixed? ...
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How to ping when behind a proxy?

I am using an HTTP proxy server to connect to the internet. Because of that my pings are not working ping www.google.com says Unreachable Host How can I configure ping to use the HTTP proxy?
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reboot vs shutdown -r now for restarting Linux

I normally use reboot to restart my Linux box, but a friend said that I should use shutdown -r now instead. Is there any difference? Looking at the man pages tells me something about run levels, but ...
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Multiple X instances

I can run multiple X instances via startx -- :1, and switching between the X sessions is easy, but switching back to my account, which has a lot of visual extras in it, takes a long time, in the 10-20 ...
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Need advice on virtualisation software and a suitable Linux distro

I'm looking for reasonably user-friendly, free virtualisation software that I can run on Windows 7. I want to install a Linux distro (though I don't know which one yet). Can anyone recommend the ...
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OS X: Printer profiles path?

I need to know where the "printer profiles" are stored. I'm not referring to the drivers or any of that, what I'm referring to is when you add a printer, you can define different profiles (IE paper ...
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Having problem with certain keyboard characters on ubuntu installed on a laptop

I am using ubuntu on my Toshiba laptop. It installed fine, the only problem I am having is that certain key on my keyboards are not appearing, e.g., when I type forward slash I get -, when I press + I ...
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Why is 64 bit Ubuntu not recomended for daily usage?

I am just in the process of setting up a new laptop which came with Windows 7 64 bit installed. I am going to set it up to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu. When I went to get the Ubuntu download I ...
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Sound plays on headphones and speakers with Lenovo ThinkPad L512 + Ubuntu 10

The only thing really missing from this install is this issue with the sound. I've searched all over the forums and i found one thing where you get the model and codecs and write them to a file, ...
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Running stuff (web services) in chroot/isolated env

First of all, I read all the chroot questions I could find on the net and on Superuser. Basically they all cover running a 32bit app running on 64bit host and so on. I want to have an isolated ...
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Linux to Windows file

I want to copy 2 files from my Linux VM (running in Hyper V) over to the Windows machine it runs in. What is the quickest and simplest way to do this? A lot of pages online use winScp but offer no ...
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How to really force unmount a filesystem (without manual investigation why is it busy)

How to unmount a filesystem in Linux without investigating why is it busy? I want to do it in one command. It should handle applications using that filesystem, submounts, containers (lxc-execute -n ...
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Getting LESS to return back to command line if a short file is displayed

Is there a command line option that will allow less to return to the command line if there are not sufficient lines in the file to warrant paging. Sure I have seen it in the past but can't find the ...
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How do you transfer a file from a local Mac to a remote Linux machine

How do you transfer a file from a local Mac to a remote Linux machine
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running .bashrc versus new login

I added new alias into .bashrc Running .bashrc doesn't create that alias but new log in yes. Could you somebody explain why is that so and how I can test if the new .bashrc works without doing test ...
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Xinerama causes windows to maximize across both monitors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In Debian Gnome, windows are maximizing over multiple monitors After I installed Xinerama whenever I maximize a window it spreads the window across both of my monitors. ...
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Mouse doesn't display correctly with Xinerama in Gnome

When I move my mouse to the second screen, for a moment the cursor can be seen on it, then it appears to return to the original screen. Then when I move the mouse around, the pointer is showing on the ...