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Wine crashes when trying to run portable version of Firefox

I think there is something wrong with my Wine setup, but I don't know how to fix it or even what it is. Others have gotten this program to work without problems in Wine. This is the console output ...
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Linux slows to a crawl when unarchiving a big file

I started unarchiving a RAR file that this several gigabytes big. The computer is now going really slow, it's almost frozen. Sometimes I can move the mouse a little, but that's it. The unarchiving ...
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Ubuntu or Kubuntu? [closed]

I have decided to switch from Window to Linux. Should I use Ubuntu or Kubuntu? Or there are other handy alternatives? I'm a LAMP based developer. Any help would be appreciated.
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How to recover files from linux ext4 harddrive

Just rm -rf *'d home/me/ directory... tried extundelete, didn't recover more than 10% of data.. trying scalpel, taking forever.. Anyone know of a sure fire way to recover data from ext4?
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sound card in linux

How can I see hardware information for my sound card in Linux?
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Programmatically open tab in gnome-terminal, execute command, and have tab stay open

I am trying to write a command that will launch a few terminal tabs, execute something in each tab, and have each tab stay open after the command in finished, so I can look at the output and type more ...
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How to make a Linux program available on all desktops

In Ubuntu 10.04 running Gnome I can right click on any window and it gives me an option to show that window on all desktops, so even if I switch to a different virtual desktop, that window will always ...
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Likewise on Ubuntu - domain user sometimes disappears from Login Screen

I'm using Likewise to authenticate to a Windows Domain on a laptop running Ubuntu 10.04. Everything seems to be working well, except for one thing. Normally, after the machine boots, I am presented ...
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How can I justify plain text in Linux?

I'm composing a plain text (.txt) document that has left-and-right justified paragraphs. I manually add spaces, breaking words with hyphens if necessary, until the lines are uniform length. To use an ...
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Router Software for Ubuntu (or other linux distro)

I have a laptop with a WiFi card and a network card, and I'd like (for geek factor more than anything else) to run it my router. For sake of argument, lets assume I have good working drivers for my ...
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Is there a way to type the symbol Θ (theta) in Linux using an Irish keyboard?

How can I type the symbol Θ (theta) on an Irish keyboard layout (mostly the same as UK layout) using Linux? Seems a lot of hassle to go copy and paste it from somewhere everytime I need it,.
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Linux services: is there a GUI for services?

I am looking for a GUI program, that shows running services from /etc/init.d (and /etc/init), and allows to manage (start / stop / runlevel) them. What can you recommend? Background: even though I ...
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Is there a way to diagnose a tar file when, on extract, files are missing but no errors are given?

I have tar files where I archive about 250 files, each about 80 Mb, without compression. In a few cases tar is only returning some of the files. For example, when doing an extract of the file using: ...
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Which Windows is best for two concurrent users? [closed]

I'm running Windows 7 in VMPlayer under Linux. I made some changes to Windows 7 to allow it to have two people logged in at the same time. However when I do this the sound lags behind on the host ...
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Windows 7 64 bit vs. 32 bit for a Virtual Machine

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 and want to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine. I have a 64-bit system so I can run 64-bit Windows, but I'm wondering if this is a good idea or not for a virtual machine. Will ...
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How to update svn working copy via a cron when svn server is located on local server

Hey guys, I have two servers. One of them has a svn server running and another hosting projects. I have a daily cronjob updating the projects -- ie running svn update, rebuild etc. Now, my ...
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What do I need to do to mount a USB drive in ArchLinux

What packages do I need to allow me to mount a USB drive in ArchLinux from the command line? What command do I use? Under Ubuntu these things happen automatically, but it's about time I learned how to ...
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memory handling capacity of 64 bit ubuntu

What is the maximum amount of ddr that can be installed in a 64 bit ubuntu linux system computer?
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What do do when Linux gui freezes

I'm running Gnome with compiz in Ubuntu 10.04. Sometimes the gui will freeze. I can move the mouse, but I can't interact with programs. The only thing I can do is go to a terminal window with ...
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Why should I keep old Linux kernel versions installed?

I've just updated my Linux kernel and I wonder if there is any other concern apart from being able to recover if the new version can't boot. What do you think? Thank you!
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Playing Windows games on Linux

Windows games can be played on Linux either through Wine or by running Windows in a virtual machine. Which gives better performance?
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HP Laptop, corrupted graphics, not booting Win/Linux, possible system board problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Diagnose a Pre-Operating System Load or Hardware Issue My friend has a HP Pavilion dv2699ea (dv2500 series - somehow *shrugs*) that has stopped working. It's a ...
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How to access iPod from gtkpod in Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 recognizes my iPod Touch because when I connect it an icon pops up on the desktop and I can also play the files from rhythmbox. I installed gtkpod and tried to access the iPod but it ...
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How to check the health of a hard drive

My SATA drive started clicking and I was unable to access the data. It was not clicking loudly though, like a drive that has already gone bad. After tightening the connections to the hard drive, it ...
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Create domain name

How can I create a domain name for local purposes? for example I have a local web application enviroment in http://localhost:8000 but I would like to have it in http://dev instead. I am using ...
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Using an SD card as a “LiveCD” on a MacBook Pro

I have a 4GB SD card on which I'd like to use like a Linux "LiveCD" (except of course it's not a CD) for my MacBook Pro. Any idea how I could do that? I'd prefer to not use rEFIt. To boot Mac OS from ...
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Incorrect md5sums on downloaded files

I have an Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS linux server which is experiencing some weird issues... I just tried to download a 440 MB tgz archive over HTTP using wget, and when expanding it with tar -xzf ...
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Disk Based Text Editor to Edit File Larger than Memory

I am using Ubuntu and looking for a good editor to edit a file that is > 4GB. I just need to put content at the end and beginning of the file. I suppose I could use something like cat "text to add" ...
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what are the various programs or process that gets executed when a linux machine starts

Can somebody tell me or point me a link which exactly tells what are the programs or process that gets execututed when a linux start. ie starting from the grub (linux bootloader) You can choose your ...
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skip init scripts - boot freezes at “setting system clock”

I have a debian system that's freezing in the boot sequence at "Setting system clock". Several sites I looked at recommended changing the init scripts to disallow hardware access to the clock. But, I ...
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Linux console output - pause after each screen

when I list directories with a lot of files with ls -la or tree -L 3 I get many screens of output. To read one screen after another I add | more or | less, but the problem with this is that the ...
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Default search options clear out with every Chrome restart

I'm having a problem with Chrome on a Ubuntu netbook edition install. Every time I restart Chrome the "Default search" option list has cleared. I can do 'Manage' and add google back in, but if I stop ...
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Is this alias any useful?

I am going through and old .cshrc file and it contains the following alias: alias pwd 'echo $cwd' How is that useful? I used to think that this is how pwd might have been implemented. But looks ...
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Why is an internal table of PATH directories maintained?

I was looking for what rehash command does and found this: The rehash command re-computes the internal hash table of the contents of directories listed in the path environmental variable to ...
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Remove command(rm) in unix?

There is no file in my directory called a. I used the command "rm a 2>a" to redirect the standard output error to file a. But when I tried the "ls" command, there is no file called a. Can someone ...
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Binary in /usr/local/bin

I look to see where the command is located: xxx:~/mono/mono-2.6.7$ which mono /usr/local/bin/mono If I execute it directly, no problem: xxx:~/mono/mono-2.6.7$ /usr/local/bin/mono -V Mono JIT ...
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tar --files-from complains “Cannot stat: No such file or directory”

When I type: tar -cvf ~/changeset.tar --files-from ~/changeset.txt it responds with this output: tar: admin/memberinformation.php : Cannot stat: No such file or directory tar: ...
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Bring an open window to the current desktop in Linux

Let's say I have a program open on another virtual desktop. Is there a way I can bring that program to the current desktop through a script? The following command is the closest I can get: wmctrl -a ...
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How to use my memory as a hard disk on Linux?

Is there a way map a portion of my memory to act like a directory on my hard drive with the exception that the data is not permanently stored. So for example, I save a file in ...
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adding System to linux bootings

I've got linux installed on disc with BLoader but last time I added new disk on SATA which got windows on it. What should I do to add it?
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Limit a gui program in Linux to only one instance

There are some gui programs where if you select them from the menu, if it is already open, instead of opening a new instance, that window will become foremost. However, there are some programs that ...
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How can I mount this drive in Linux?

Here is the output from df -h: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/rootvg-rootvol 39G 31G 5.7G 85% / /dev/sda1 99M 13M 82M 14% ...
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How to force files together on a Linux partition?

I have a dynamically expanding VDI file which is 14 GB big while the partition itself is only 2 GB. The files are too spread out over the disk so zero-ing the free space and compacting the VDI didn't ...
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Check status of a shell script

I'm running CentOS 5.5 and have created an init script. The start of the script contains: # Source function library. if [ -f /etc/init.d/functions ]; then . /etc/init.d/functions fi The ...
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Lightweight desktop environment for netbook

I'm currently installing Arch Linux on my old netbook. What desktop environment should I use? GNOME and KDE both seem way too big and unnecessarily fancy for what I want to do with my basic netbook. I ...
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changing swappiness - permission denied

I use "echo 0 > /proc/sys/vm/swappiness" to set swappiness but even if I'm root i've got access denied. Do you know what should I do to unlock it ?
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Linux sometimes halts and I can't do anything

I've got problem. I'm using old KBS-MX motherboard and feel 300ATX powersupply. Sometimes when I'm doing something, sometimes I hear sound in my loudspeaker like it got plugged off of computer and my ...
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How can I recover/undelete files from an ext4 partition?

Has anyone had success recovering deleted files from an ext4 partition? I've tried various utilities, but none have worked yet. I'd be grateful if someone can share a success story!
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Sound in Virtual Box cuts out

I'm running Windows XP inside Virtual Box in Linux. In the beginning the sound works but after a while there's no more sound.
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Right management for a web server

I just setup my new server, and there are problems with right management : My /var/www is owned by root and the group "www-data". But I would like my user could put his data in his /home/user. And ...