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What Linux archiver supports splitting archive into pieces?

I need files to be <= 5GB to put on S3. Right now I have an ugly tar / gzip / cut before upload, then cat / zcat / tar on download, but it's really ugly - and nearly every archiver should support ...
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How to configure multiple video cards in linux?

In Ubuntu Lucid Lynx RC, I got NVidia's TwinView to work with 2 monitors in a single video card. But when I use the same monitors but split them between the video cards I can't make TwinView work and ...
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can't run binaries or shell scripts

I am running Debian testing and I am not able to run any binary or shell script. I keep getting "No such file or directory" for binaries and "Permission denied" for executable shell scripts. The ...
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Is there a config value in Wine to force Enter to send CR+LF?

I'm pretty new to Wine and I'm trying to use an IM client which is required for my work. When I hit 'Enter' to send a chat message, the characters indicating a new line are not being correctly ...
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Eclipse And Linux: Keyboard unusable after gnome-screen-saver

I know this is not programming related. But I can't find any topics on Google or UbuntuForums. So the problem is: When gnome-screensaver starts on the moment Eclipse has the focus and I wake up again ...
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what are the components you can install on RHEL?

I just got a question from a customer(actually from a customer to my manager then to me) and he is asking the following question: What are the components that were installed with RHEL? It may sound ...
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Can I use a .vdi file in a virtual box for Ubuntu?

Is it possible to use the Windows XP that I installed in a virtual box in Windows. To be used in Ubuntu 9.10 Virtual box? So that I won't install the whole thing again.
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Is it possible to Install one testing package by just modifying source.list file?

I want to pick up Python3 from squeeze, meanwhile I would like to stay with lenny with all other packages. Is this possible by just modifying source.list file?
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Quick, Linux-compatible unit-aware calculator

I want to be able to press a keyboard combination, start typing a mathematical expression that includes units and slightly advanced math (not just a four-function calculator), and get a result ...
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How to control fan speed on Compaq Presario under Ubuntu?

I have a Compaq Presario R4000 running Ubuntu Linux 9.10 karmic. The system runs very hot and one of the fans is wither never running or always running at the slowest speed. For a while I thought the ...
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Software for “OCR”'ing exact pixels from a photo of a videogame/pixel-art?

I am searching for software that can reconstruct the exact pixels from a photo of an old videogame or a piece pixel-art. The goal would be the re-digitalization of digital images that only survived in ...
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Oppening .QXD file on Ubuntu

I got an old qxp file created on a MAC with QuarkXPress. Is there any way I could open and maybe edit this file on Ubuntu? Tnx.
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Recovering/Creating NewWorld Partition on Mac G4 (PPC) after botched Debian Install

I was trying to install Debian 5.04 on a Mac G4, and in typical geek tradition, I didn't RTFM. During installation, I nuked all existing partitions, creating new to my liking. But as I learned ...
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Does linux have setup installs like on windows? [closed]

I was toying with Ubuntu and tried to download/install some apps, what a pain it was. I think the system they have in place for installing is too complex.
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How can I free memory on linux

When I use top to see memory usage, I have 65gb ram but only 1.3gb of it free and remaining is shown as used. When I ran my program It gives memory insufficiency error. Although no other program is ...
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Show the key presses of shortcuts on Linux

I'm about to hold a course for learning Linux. I'd like the participants to see what keys and key combinations I press. Is there anything like Mouseposé for Linux?
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Quick and dirty user management service for Linux VMs?

Background I have a home server running Debian, and a workstation that runs various VirtualBox VMs (mostly Linuxen but some Windows). At the moment, I'm creating my main user account anew for every ...
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Why is 'browser.backspace_action' turned off by default in Firefox under Linux?

Just like the title states. How come this setting is disabled (2 in about:config rather than 0) under Linux by default? Is there a reason to not turn it on?
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linux: refreshing groups without having to re-login [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way in Linux to update the user/group properties without having to login again? How does one refresh the groups that a logged-in user is in without having to ...
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rm -rf not erasing directory

I am attempting to erase a directory called apps. When I run rm-rf apps it looks like it erases it for the moment. When I log back on to the server the directory is still there, though it is ...
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How can I invoke a function in bash shell script

I just wonder the distinction calling the function between $(one_function) and one_function in bash shell script. When I set the variable PS1 in ~/.bashrc, I can't invoke the function by one_func ...
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How do I limit the memory usage of a specific process in linux?

I've written a program for a class that my professor will be testing in various low memory environments to see how it behaves when the program runs out of memory. Is there a way I can simulate the ...
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How can I create a video DVD with multiple titles from a single-titled DVD?

I have an unencrypted DVD that is one big title, ie you cannot skip next / prev. What I want to do is reauthor the DVD with title at certain points, so that I can skip next / prev when watching it. ...
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Triple-Boot + 4 partition Limit

I just bought a new hard drive so that I could convert my XP-only machine into an XP-Ubuntu-Windows 7 triple boot machine. Since the drive is absurdly huge (1 TB) I wouldn't mind throwing ReactOS ...
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Tunning scrolling in urxvt

I'm using rxvt-unicode version 9.06 at Ubuntu 9.10. I was used to aterm, where you can use SHIFT + up/down arrow to scroll the printed output with a line up or down. You can also use SHIFT + ...
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How do I surround a line with quotes on bash?

When I run for i in $(find -name '*.ogg'); do echo '$i'; done I don't get one line per file as I expected. Instead, when a file name has a space in it, each word comes out in a separate line, so I ...
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Bash Script Exits su or ssh Session Rather than Script

I am using CentOS 5.4. I created a bash script that does some checking before running any commands. If the check fails, it will simply exit 0. The problem I am having is that on our server, the ...
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Middle mouse click in VirtualBox (Vista host, Debian guest)

I'm running Virtualbox on Windows Vista. I have a Microsoft USB mouse (it says "Comfort Optical Mouse 3000") with left and right buttons, and a mousewheel in the middle. If I press down on the ...
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What's the difference between filename and ./filename in Linux

What is the difference between filename and ./filename? Under what circumstances is one preferred to the other?
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difference betwen who and finger command in Unix/Linux?

Both commands look like have same purpose but their output is different. what is the difference?
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Linux: Alternative to rsync? (ie, scp with resume)

I've been using rsync to automatically send files from one box to another, which is great compared to scp, since it supports resuming. However, when resuming a very large file (>10gb) rsync has to ...
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Why do strace/truss sometimes 'fix' stuck processes?

Sometimes you have a stuck process that's been stuck for a while, and as soon as you go to poke at it with strace/truss just to see what's going on, it gets magically unstuck and continues to run! So ...
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Find words in many files

I am looking for this struct messages_sdd_t and I need to search through a lot of *.c files to find it. However, I can't seen to find a match as I want to exclude all the words 'struct' and ...
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In linux, how can I get my IP address - ifconfig and ip addr show are not working

This should be simple, but the machines we ssh into don't seem to have the regular commands. Are there any other simple ways I can use to get my IP?
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Subscribe to feed in Thunderbird from the command line?

From reading around the web, it looks like Firefox's "quick view" of an RSS feed sometimes lets you "Subscribe to this feed using" Thunderbird. For whatever reason, that's not an automatically-added ...
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Free PIM like Treepad for Windows and Linux

I'm looking for a PIM like Treepad(www.treepad.com) that can be interchangeably used between Windows and Linux. I currently use Essential PIM in Windows. Do you know good one?
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Prevent rmdir -p from traversing above a certain directory

I hacked together this script to rsync some files over ssh. The --remove-source-files option of rsync seems to remove the files it transfers, which is what I want. However, I also want the directories ...
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Is there a way to get docky to launch a new instance?

So i'm really loving the whole gnome-do/docky thing. My question is that on other docks, you can hold down a modifier key to launch a new instance rather then switching to an already opened instance ...
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Linux Skype alternative similar to Windows Skype?

Does anybody know a good option for a Skype based solution that works on Linux? I have a real problem with the current Linux version as it is a crappy, buggy and downgraded version of the Windows ...
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Netcat file transfer problem

I have two custom scripts I just wrote to facilitate transferring files between my VPS and my home server. They are both written in bash (short & sweet): To send: #!/bin/bash SENDFILE=$1 PORT=$2 ...
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Can I make CDs mount automatically and create a desktop icon under Gnome on SLED 11?

I want to insert a CD-ROM and have it automatically be mounted to someplace like /media/cdrom and create an icon on the Gnome desktop, while logged in as a non-root user under SLED 11. How can I ...
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Is there an encrypted write-only file system for Linux?

I am searching for an encrypted filesystem for Linux that can be mounted in a write-only mode, by that I mean you should be able to mount it without supplying a password, yet still be able to ...
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Linux and Windows machines sharing a network

I have different Windows and Linux machines that share an internal private network. From within this network I can SSH to every machine etc. This internal network works great. I have my main windows ...
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Why is “tar” trying to create an empty archive?

I'm trying to use tar to tar files before transfer, so I can keep the entire file path rather than losing it along the way. However, when I try to tar an empty folder, it tells me that it is cowardly ...
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How to create a user account for a child in Linux Mint?

Recently I have renovated an old computer which once belonged to my dad (the old HDD crashed, and I just bought a new one to replace it). My parents want me to fix this computer for my 5-year-old ...
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Testing home directory scripts by setting $HOME to the location of the test directory

I have an interdependent collection of scripts in my ~/bin directory as well as a developed ~/.vim directory and some other libraries and such in other subdirectories. I've been versioning all of ...
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How to change shortcut keys in Thunderbird 3 for Linux?

I use Thunderbird on Ubuntu Linux and have just upgraded to Ubuntu 10 / Thunderbird 3. One of my gripes however is that Thunderbird uses a number of shortcut keys that have no secondary key ...
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Reading the contents of a .bkf file using a non-Microsoft OS

I have a .bkf backup file, created by the Backup utility that Microsoft provides with Windows XP. Is there a way to read the contents of the file using a non-Microsoft OS, preferably Mac OS X or ...
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howto move existing linux installation to usb-flash and make it bootable?

Is there any possibility to move my already installed ubuntu linux to the usb flash and make it bootable. So that it would boot on the other machine? P.S. I have an installed ubuntu karmic linux ...
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Virtualizing WindowsXP on Linux Fedora 12 for Photoshop

I am running a Linux server from 2000, I have Fedora12 installed as the OS. I know you can virtualize Windows XP on the system to be able to run Windows programs, but the problem is I My server has ...