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syslog shell expansion

Is there an easy way to prevent the logging of commands run into syslog as post-shell expansion ? I.e log a command of "ls *.log" as just that, rather than "ls a.log b.log c.log d.log" It makes ...
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Tools for downloading a Flash video file on Linux

How can I download a Flash video file from a website when using Linux (Fedora). Can you suggest any tools on Linux to do so?
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Cannot properly format pendrive on Ubuntu 10.10

I put Jolicloud on a pendrive to install it to my laptop, tried it out, didn't like it, and installed ubuntu with a CD instead. Now I want to use my pendrive for storage, so I popped it in, loaded up ...
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How does Compiz decide which windows should be sticky?

How does Compiz automatically decide which windows should be sticky (i.e. should be visible on all workspaces)? Windows such as gnome-panel and cairo-dock always stay on the visible workspace, without ...
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Multiple GNOME sessions

I'm working in a corporate network environment and am having trouble with multiple GNOME sessions. My desktop runs Ubuntu 10.10 and I would like to start another GNOME session on a remote machine ...
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monitor interprocess pipe traffic

I have two Linux processes communicating via a nameless pipe. How can monitor the traffic in the pipe? How can I inject data into the pipe? I have root access and know the pipe inode.
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When someone says “in your path,” what does this mean exactly?

New at programming here. I couldn't find this when I searched google and SO, but I was wondering what programmers mean when they say "put X in your path." Is this the usr/bin? Any other resources I ...
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install TrueType font on fedora 14

i would like install tahoma on fedora 14 i create a folder .fonts name in copied my tahoma font in this folder and run this command fc-cache -f in my terminall but i cant use in this font yet, how ...
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Installing Notepad++ via WINE on Ubuntu Linux

After moving to Linux, I miss having Notepad++ with me and I want to bring it along to my new environment. I have Wine installed and downloaded the npp.5.8.5.Installer.exe. I have no idea what ...
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How To Find Hard Disk (RPM) speed

How do I check my hard disk Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) speed from a Linux shell prompt without opening my server case? any other third party utility please let me know. I referenced some other ...
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Is it safe to run an old version of Linux?

I'm currently running OpenSuSE 11.3. I'm afraid as newer versions are released they will demand more of my old PC (Dell Optiplex GX270). Also, I've heard of issues with newer Linux distributions ...
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File system format for both windows and linux use (besides fat32)

I'm looking for a file system to format my large external drive with that can read/write in linux and read/write in windows. I know Fat32 is usually the best suggestion, but a large percent of my ...
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How do I verify that my 6 GB/s SATA ports are working under Linux?

How do I verify that my 6 GB/s SATA ports are working under Linux? Linux detects the ports, and I can use them for disks but I would like to figure out if they are using a 6 GB/s controller/driver ...
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Fastest booting Linux ditribution on a live-cd

I'm looking for a linux distro with the following: Boots quickly, as fast as possible. Has expected tools such as file browser, a web browser, etc. Doesn't need to have extraneous recovery stuff ...
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Could you suggest feature-rich disk-based personal backup program for linux (and I've seen a few)? [closed]

I'm using linux on desktop since about 1996. Every time I changed my desktop or notebook, I've taken my linux with me via "dump | ssh | restore". Along the way, I went through half a dozen HDD ...
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rss downloader script

I have a Synology NAS that is powered by linux at my house. I'm looking to set up a cron script to check a group of rss feeds and auto download new video podcasts to a shared folder. I can do most of ...
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Is it possible to run an x86 binary on an ARM processor?

Is it possible to convert/recompile an already compiled x86 binary into an ARM binary? I'm using a BeagleBoard with a command-line Ubuntu (Maverick) and want to run a Ventrilo server but the x86 ...
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Linux print server in a web interface

I would want a Linux print server in the form of a web interface, where you upload a PDF, doc, JPG, PNG, PPT, TXT, HTM etc file in a file upload box, and then that file is printed to a USB connected ...
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Extracting a bzip2 file throws “Can't guess original name” and does not extract separate files

I made a bzip2 file by bzip2 -c /home/os/picture1 > /home/os/Desktop/pic.image bzip2 -c /home/os/picture2 >> /home/os/Desktop/pic.image But now extracting pic.image by bzip2 -d ...
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Export NFS path containing “-” (dash)

I'm in a bit of a pinch with NFS exports file. Specifically, I can't find a way to export a directory containing "-" in the path name. Manual (exports(5)) states: Also, each line may have one or ...
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Attaching a process to a terminal in LInux

I have a file opened in vi running in a terminal(xterm), if I directly closes the terminal without first closing the file then I can see the vi still running in the background(ps x). Now is there any ...
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How to get Windows 7 back after installing Ubuntu (Linux) [closed]

My friend borrowed my laptop for a while and when he gave it back he said he replaced Windows 7 with Ubuntu. I asked him to switch it back simply because I prefer Windows. He claims not to know how. I ...
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View Script Over SSH?

A friend, using a remote machine, ran a script that SSHed to my machine, and ran the following python script that resides on my machine: while (1): ....print "hello world" (this script simply ...
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How to print separator for all fields in join utility?

For example: file a: Tom:black Lily:pink file b: Tom:big Kate:small And, the result: join -t: a1 a b Got: Tom:black:big Lily:pink But what I want is: Tom:black:big Lily::pink i.e. ...
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Replacing compiz/metacity with openbox reduces workspaces to 1

I like to use the GNOME desktop, but I prefer to replace its window manager with openbox, with 4 workspaces. However, when I run openbox --replace, the number of workspaces available drops to 1. If ...
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Scan-to-PDF software for Linux?

I have a workflow whereby I scan paper documents into searchable PDFs using a Fujitsu ScanSnap S500 document scanner. I am not a great fan of the bundled software, but it's dead simple to use: place a ...
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Validate that an unprivileged user has the correct access

I created a simple unprivileged user on my Ubuntu system which will be used to run my network applications (Firefox, etc..) from a limited user. My purpose is to lower the possible damage that can be ...
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How do I fix wireless for Linux Mint on Sony Vaio M13M1E?

I have a Vaio M13 M1E, and I'm trying the Linux Mint 10 (Julia) DVD, via a bootable USB stick created Universal USB Installer, but the wireless isn't working. On the other hand, trying Ubuntu 10.10 ...
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Mark a portion of the screen as unusable

I have a laptop of which a large part of the screen is broken (shows garbage). Fortunately the broken area is a clean rectangle, the bottom 1/3 of the screen or so. The laptop is running Ubuntu 8.04, ...
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Nmap “operation not permitted” error

I'm running CentOS 5.3 in an openVZ container, and I'm receiving "operation not permitted" errors from Nmap. [root@test nmap-5.21]# ./nmap scanme.nmap.org Starting Nmap 5.21 ( http://nmap.org ) ...
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Invalid size displayed for SSD

I have an 80GB Intel X25-M SSD drive installed on a Linux box running Debian 5.0. The file system on the SSD is ext4. I've had no problems with the drive, and have been using it for quite some time ...
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Are operating systems able to run on different hardware?

My friend boots Linux from an external hard disk (500 GB). My question is he installs the operating system for one particular motherboard processor; the system may have additional stuff like a ...
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Finding out what caused the computer to wake up from sleep (Ubuntu)

Is there any way to find out which device/event caused Ubuntu (10.10) to wake up from the most recent sleep/hibernation? I am trying to troubleshoot some sleep issues on a new box, and knowing what's ...
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Software to manage a library of searchable PDF documents

What Linux software would you recommend for managing a library of searchable PDF documents? I have a Fujitsu S500 document scanner, and have been using the Windows software that came with it to scan ...
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Change directory using sudo

How to I change into a directory owned by root? If I do: sudo cd RootOwedDir I get: sudo cd: command not found If I su root I get: authentication failure, probably because I never really set up an ...
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Pushing my PS1 prompt over ssh

I use a specific PS1 prompt that I like. I share a few logins with other other people on a few different servers. I was wondering if there was a way to specify in my local bash profile a remote prompt ...
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Batch renaming of files in a directory using sed

I run a script which generated about 10k files in a directory. I just discovered that there is a bug in the script which causes some filenames to have a carriage return (presumably a '\n' character). ...
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Finding all processes that are using a given port [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Finding the process that is using a certain port in Linux More specifically, how can I find out what processes are using port 8080 (for example a web server)?
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Full system clone, snapshot using rsync

I have automated backups running on my ubuntu box using rsnapshot (rsync) basically following this tutorial. My concern is how to restore if everything is lost. Since it does not seem that I can ...
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Linux mp3 player with specific requirements, especially: playlists with ability to resume for audiobooks

I'm looking for mp3 player (software), running on Linux, but I need one specific option: it needs to be able to remember my position of listening in a given playlist. Scenario: I'm creating a ...
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How to send email with attachment by postfix from command-line?

I've just setup a new Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server on linode for myself. Followed an excellent instruction at: here to finish the installation of some basic stuff including postfix. I am trying to figure ...
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What command to issue to find if my RAM is either DDR2 or DDR3

Fedora 14 HP Netbook 210 Mini My netbook had 1 GB of DDR3 memory. However, that wasn't enough. So I decided to replace the 1 GB with a 2GB or DDR3. However, what command can I issue to be sure ...
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How can I know if my flash storage is usb 1.1 or 2.0

Fedora 14 HP Netbook 210 Mini My netbook book is new 3 weeks, so should support 2.0. I have just bought a new flash drive 4GB. It seems very slow when copying data. I have done the following ...
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Different operating system for each user on one machine

I've come across this rare issue, I have a friend that uses some software that is particularly slow in Windows 7, the best compatibility is in Windows XP, I told him to make a partition and have both ...
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everything on desktop disappears after ubuntu software update

I am new to linux. I have ubuntu desktop version installed on my PC and it's the only OS on the machine. I has been working fine. Since I recently updated all the software packages everything on my ...
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How do I disable my built in Card Reader in Debian?

I am trying to disable the built-in card reader in my MBP (5,3) running Debian testing. I've noticed that powertop lists the card reader as a major contributor of wake up events and would like to ...
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Computer freezes for 2+ seconds, mouse still moves

I have this problem on my workstation. The computer would effectively freeze for 2-5 seconds for no apparent reason, then continue as normal. While frozen the mouse would still be movable, but only on ...
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Executing the default application assigned to a file type, from terminal, given only file name

Using gnome terminal (Ubuntu 10.10), is there a way to execute the default application associated to a file type, only by typing its name, as it is possible with Windows ? For example, say I create a ...
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How do I configure routing table to add correct gateway?

I'm getting this error when I try to ping 8.8.8.8 from my Virtual Machine: PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8) 56(84) bytes of data. From 172.30.8.135: icmp_seq=1 Redirect Host(New nexthop: 172.30.8.254) From ...
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problem in fedora 14 update

hello all i try run this yum update command but i got this error , Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit Adding en_US to language list google ...