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Use Apple keyboard command key in Fedora-like system with MWM

I want to be able to CMD-TAB between windows using an Apple keyboard on a Fedora-like system using MWM. The OS is an in-house distro, not a standard Fedora distribution. Pressing ALT-TAB currently ...
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Linux : How to forward a program window from my laptop to my desktop securely?

Can't I forward a program window from my laptop to my desktop securely, both running Linux? How to ssh -X an existing window program just like the 'screen' program does? This question came up with ...
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mount point-permission denied !

I created a fuse mountpoint. After mounting, the file permissions are all screwed up and it says I cannot ls or cd. Permission denied. The file permissions look like this: d????????? ? ? ? ? ? temp ...
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File encryption in a bash script without explicity providing password

I want to automate the following manual process. Currently, I am encryptying a set of files using openssl as follows: Encrypt file.txt to file.out using 256-bit AES in CBC mode $ openssl enc ...
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What is .Trash and .Trash-1000?

Can someone tell me what these folders (.Trash and .Trash-1000) mean? They just appeared in my mountpoint and I'm wondering how?
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Good Linux editor (nedit replacement)? [closed]

I'm looking for a nice lightweight programmers editor for Linux/UNIX. I currently use nedit for normal text, and Eclipse when I want a new IDE. Nedit has some UI quirks, and hasn't been updated in 5 ...
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Looking for a shell one-liner to display the age of a file (in days)

I'd like to see the age of a file (time since last modification) in some human-friendly units (bonus points for things like "yesterday", "2 days ago", "3 years ago", although just a number of days ...
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Ubuntu Software Center Errors

Can someone please help me understand how to fix the following error in Ubuntu's Software Manager? I am running Ubuntu 10.04. I was trying to install Adobe's Flash Plug-in for Firefox when I got an ...
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Linux file privileges

How can I check and set who can view or open a given folder or file?
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Quickest way to share file from shell

I'm using Ubuntu minimal install (With no window manager). What is the quickest and easiest way to upload a file somewhere? Something like a script to pastebin would work.
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How to use scp in a bash script without specifying password?

I am a bash newbie, and am writing a bash script that will allow transfer of files between two computers. BTW, is there a more secure alternative to scp? Currently, I am doing this manually, by using ...
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Installing two things at the same time on Linux

I noticed that package managers won't install things if they know that another package manager is open. So I was wondering if it's OK to install multiple things at the same time when using the ...
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Moniter out of range error

I just installed Debian lenny 5.0.5 and when i start it up the monitor just displays a 'out of range' error. im using a Radeon HD 5570 graphics card and a lG W2353V-PF monitor. what do i have to do ...
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Torrents not downloading on a QNAP TS209 NAS

I have a Linux-based NAS from QNAP, which comes with a built-in torrent downloader. I have never really had reason to moan until about three weeks ago, when it suddenly stopped downloading anything. ...
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How to fix USB mouse freeze in Ubuntu 10.04 or Fedora 13?

I'm just starting out using linux and so I installed Ubuntu to a hard disk. I noticed that after 30 minutes or so, the mouse pointer would simply stop moving while the keyboard was o.k. Exact same ...
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Should external drives be converted to ext3?

I switched over from Windows to Linux. I have an external drive that has basically just media files on it. Are there any advantages to converting this to ext3, or should I just leave it as ntfs3?
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A good multithread downloads manager for Linux? [closed]

Does someone knows a good multithread downloads manager for linux? I am using Lucid Lynx, I use to use multiget but it hasn't been updated since 2007. I'd like it to support login for sites like ...
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How to play Zynga poker in Linux

I switched over to Linux from Windows, but now when I try to play Zynga poker it doesn't work right. I can only play there if I run Windows in a Virtual Machine and play from there, but it's kind of ...
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Fedora Werewolf - offline yum updates

I have an off-network machine that is running Fedora 8 Werewolf with kernel 2.6.22.18 and I need to get Linux headers installed on it. How do I do this when the machine can not be hooked to the ...
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With 64-bit Linux, what can I NOT do that I CAN do with 32 bit Linux?

The specific question is about Fedora 13 on a Dell Precision M4500 with a Core i5 processor and only 4 GB of RAM. It will dual boot with Windows 7 which will be the 64-bit Win7. I understand that ...
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Keyboard shortcuts to manage windows/workspace on KDE and RDP connection

On PC-BSD 8.1 (KDE) I have four workspaces. I want to launch rdesktop 1.6 in one of them, full screen if possible (I'll settle for nearly-full in a window if I have to), and be able to do the ...
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Linux offline install apt-get

I'm new the Linux world and I have what is probably a very basic question but I can't seem to find out how to do it. I trying to find a way to make offline installs of applications I get from ...
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remote connection from Linux to Vista

hey guys, I wanna use my windows desktop on Linux RedHat, I installed RDesktop on my linux,and set remote connections on windows Vista,but it doesn't work. I tried remote connection between my linux ...
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Which virtual machines exist for Linux besides VirtualBox? [closed]

What virtual machine software is there for Linux besides VirtualBox?
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How to tell GEDIT to reload currently opened file

I am using GEDIT and I would like to have a shortcut key that allows me to tell GEDIT (on Ubuntu) to force reloading from file system the currently opened file. How can I do that?
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Update firefox to newest version in Linux

The newest version of Firefox is not showing in the software package manager so I went to the website and downloaded it. After uncompressing it, there isn't a makefile. It looks like this can be run ...
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Make Linux taskbar show preview like Windows 7 taskbar

In Windows 7 when you hover over an open application in the taskbar, it shows a small image of that application. Is there a way this can be done in Linux?
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mysql installation in mysql in Linux

I am installing mysql-5.1.49-linux-i686-glibc23.tar.gz in Linux/Debian machine.I am following the steps from http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/installing-binary.html Problem is that the 1. when ...
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Installing one video card driver in Linux uninstalls the other video card driver

I'm trying to use dual-monitors in Linux. One monitor is connected to an on-board graphics card, which uses the fglrx driver, and another to a PCI-E card, which uses the nvidia driver. I have ...
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Can't see contents of linux file

In Ubuntu 10.04, there is a certain file that appears highlighted in terminal. When I try to cat the file, it says there is no such file or directory. How can I see what's in this file? Is this a ...
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Where does xorg.conf find its video drivers

I have the following section in xorg.conf Section "Device" Identifier "Default Device" Driver "fglrx" EndSection In what directory does it look to find the fglrx driver?
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What is the equivalent of Solaris's passwd command in Linux?

What is the equivalent of Solaris's passwd command in Linux?
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Embed album art in OGG through command line in linux

I want to convert my music from flac to ogg, and currently oggenc does that perfectly except for album art. Metaflac can output album art, however there seems to be no command line tool to embed album ...
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How do i pass a variable to a function thats already being escaped?

What i want to do is create multiple informix sql statements & later run them via a bash script. Here is what i have so far (this works) but is meant to be run from a cron job so it only does ...
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Normal rate of CPU temperature fluctuation

Currently my CPU temperature as measured by lm-sensors increases by 1-2 C upto 4-5 C when I start a new process - like a video, music, etc. The change takes place in less than a second. Is this normal ...
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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 ...
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What's the proper method to eliminate previous boot images on ubuntu/kubuntu?

Every time kubuntu updates its headers/boot image I get another version on disk in /boot. These also show up in menu choices when I boot. I currently have 7 or 8 versions and would like to get down ...
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How to use usb-connected headphones with Skype under Linux?

Bought Plantronics 955 headphones with microphone. When plugging "dongle" to computer, I see in dmesg: [37925.082297] usb 2-3.1.3: new full speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 10 ...
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Using gAlwaysIdle in Linux

I recent came across an application called gAlwaysIdle. Can anyone tell me how to use it for Linux? It doesn't work with Wine.
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Can an active user session be “assumed” under Linux?

Outside of using something like screen, is it possible to 'assume' an active user session under Linux/UNIX? For example, I ssh to my server from home. Then I ssh to it form work. I want to kill the ...
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Specify default rpm querytags

I am working on 64 bits RHEL and I want rpm -q to use these tags by default: '%{NAME}-%{VERSION}-%{RELEASE}.%{ARCH}' Other than typing the tags by hand or defining an alias, is there a way I can ...
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How do I save changes after editing vi /etc/hosts?

I am doing a Linux installation. I installed the system fine and am trying to change the vi /etc/hosts file. I have edited the file but am not sure how to save it. I have --INSERT-- showing at the ...
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Window forwarding to laptop from workstation

At home I have my desktop computer and loads of open windows. When I decide to work outside or in another room with my laptop. I'd like to select a few windows and just make them appear on the laptop. ...
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How to open xterm shells with background colors based on topographic positioning?

I currently use an alias in csh/tcsh to open shells with specific window colors. Example: xterm -geometry 105x25 -font 8x13 -bc -bg #333 -fg #999 \!* & What I'd like to do is have one command ...
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Linux - encrypt file system

How do I encrypt file system on Linux (/). I know, how to do that on fresh installation, but how to achieve same, when Linux is already installed? Can i move everything from main partition to ...
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How do I kill a forkbomb process?

I started forkbomb from normal user account say - "user1" I'm running a script which says killall -u user1 But it didn't fix the situation.
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Linux file content replacement issue

I am using Linux Red Hat 5 Enterprise version. For all files in the current directory, I want to replace all occurrences of /foo/goo/zoo (which are contained in file contents) to /a/b/c. Any ideas ...
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vim string replacement issue

I am using Linux Red Hat 5 Enterprise version. When using vi to replace string, we normally use the following command in vi -- "s/original_word/replaced_word/g", my question is, if original_word or ...
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How to specify more than one string to ignore (grep command)

I am using grep to filter out directories I am not interested in like this: svn stat | grep -v data/charts | grep -v lib/model | grep -v web/pics It seems a bit "hacky". Is there a better way to ...
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Calculation of working time based on system uptime

I know several tools that allow tracking time spend on different tasks / projects. Is there any existing tool for very very simplified work-time-tracking. Scenario: I am an employee, come to the ...