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(manually configured) kernel update leaves wireless in a mess

I recently upgraded my kernel from 2.6.31-gentoo-r6 to 2.6.32-gentoo-r7. In both cases, I configured everything manually. However, since the upgrade, my wireless card appears to be on the fritz. It ...
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Touch Screen Ubuntu 10.04LTS

I'm trying to get a touch screen working with Ubuntu 10.04LTS (32bit) //changed to 32 bit -it is a serial touchsceen, connected at /dev/ttyS0 ,i know that works because I get garbage in the terminal ...
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Linux will not activate wireless after device has been re-enabled

Using a Eee 900A netbook by Asus. By pressing Fn + F2, I can disable or enable the wireless chip on the netbook, a blue LED indicates the status. I've been able to connect to wireless networks just ...
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How to calculate proper amount of inode/block sizes for a linux filesystem

I have an old reiser filesystem which I'm going to convert to Ext3. The problem I have is to determine the proper block- and inode-sizes for this partition. The partition is 44 GB large and has to ...
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Linux File Permissions & Access Control Query

Let's say I am user bob in group users. There's this file: -rw----r-- 1 root users 4 May 8 22:34 testfile First question: Why can't bob read the file as it's readable by others? Is it simply ...
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Linux: can I create directories that don't exist while creating a new file?

I can do: mkdir messages and then: touch messages/hello.txt Is there a command that will do both - create the directory if it doesn't exist, and then the empty file? Something like: touch -p ...
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How can I determine the process for what is listening on the network in linux?

When I use netstat -tup, it only shows the processes for some. There are other ports that just have a - for PID, so how would I find out what process is listening on these ports?
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How can I remove all the files which has a string in a file

I am trying to remove all the files in a directory hierarchy which a certain string inside the file (not the file name, it is the file content). I can list out all the file name which has a string in ...
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Linux weird problem touch : command not found?

I occurred a really weired problem, which is touch : command not found. I was going to create a blank file, so I type the touch command which didn't work. I'm running centOS 5. Any ideas? BTW: the ...
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Which version control should I use for my configuration files?

I want to store some of my configuration files (~/.emacs.d/, .Xdefaults, etc. linux $HOME stuff) in version control so I can easily sync them with my notebook/workplace and see my past changes and ...
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Good Alternative to Cygwin with Copy/Paste?

I am annoyed that I can't copy and paste into Cygwin... is there a good alternative to Cygwin that will let me do this?
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linux shell, keep task alive for specified time

I am looking for a tool to keep a task alive (restarting if necessary) for a specified amount of time (in seconds), and then kill it and stop. For example: keep_for 3600 rsync foo bar:faz should for ...
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Font configuration on Linux dual-head configuration with DPI's at 90 and 150:

I have a laptop with a 15" screen and a resolution of 1920 X 1200 and a 22" external monitor running at 1680 X 1050. This means the laptop runs with a dpi of 150 and the monitor runs at a dpi of 90. ...
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Web clipping / note taking software on Linux

I use this great web-clipping and note taking app called Evernote on my Windows machine. However, there's no Linux version of Evernote (doesn't work properly in Wine). I would like to get some ...
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Recommendations for a PDF viewer with “web browser”-like navigation

Am looking for a PDF reader that can navigate PDF files like a web browser (IE, when I click a link that takes me to another part of the doc, I should be able to go back by pressing Ctrl+left arrow). ...
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Mount Windows share on Linux boot

I'm running VirtualBox in Windows. I have Ubuntu Linux 10.04 installed as a VM. Whenever I log in I have to run to following command to mount my shared Windows web dev folder: sudo mount.vboxsf ...
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Xorg: How can I map AltGr to the CapsLock Key (to toggle 3rd level symbols)

as many others I don't need CapsLock. I want to reassign it such that it has the function of AltGr. I use Kubuntu 9.10 but I think there must be a solution which is distribution independent. I ...
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installing linux on a mac

i have mac pro and i wanted to install debian on it but i guess i have problem now. i have windows 7 installed on bootcamp partition, before i started installing linux, i created a partition size of ...
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Fluxbox startup file not working

I am placing apps into my fluxbox startup file as per the instructions, however nothing starts up except fluxbox. It doesn't matter what app I try, so it isn't an app problem. here is my startup ...
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Lesser known Ubuntu desktop applications [closed]

So, this Ubuntu software center comes with 100s of applications of all types. In this version they have disabled rating, making it hard to find how good it is. I found gnome-shell today, that seemed ...
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use theme for X11

HI all sorry for my bad English My program (GTK) runs in Linux (Ubuntu) without any problem and its themes are fine but when I change my system to run just X and then my program, it runs but without ...
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How to copy symbolic links?

I have directory that contains some symbolic links: user@host:include$ find .. -type l -ls 4737414 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 13 Dec 9 13:47 ../k0607-lsi6/camac -> ../../include 4737415 ...
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accidentally concatenate a large file on a remote system

Every once in a while on a computer I'm ssh'd into, I will accidentally type "cat largefile.txt" and my screen will start rushing with text for the next 10 minutes. I'm always working in a screen ...
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*nix: Run as different user GUI

I want to run an application using only GUI as a different user. Not root. I want the user to be presented with a dropdown of system users, select one, enter the password, and the app gets run as ...
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How to calibrate Wacom tablets under Ubuntu Lucid?

I've been using Wacom tablets on Linux for quite some time, almost exclusively in Ubuntu, and in previous versions I've used xidump to track input values. I would use that information to put ...
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Is there a difference between an Ubuntu Live CD and an Ubuntu Install CD

I ordered for an Ubuntu Install CD and obtained a CD by post (Ubuntu 9.10). Is this a Live CD or an Install CD ? What exactly is the definition of a live CD ?
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Problem setting command-line console resolution. vbeinfo in grub2 does not report all resolutions

I have a Asus EEE PC 1005P which I installed a Command-line system on using the Alternate Installer CD of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. Altough I think this is a general linux and grub2 question. I do not have ...
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How to do grap data between two file in Linux?

I have two .rtf file.... The first one have this content: Apple, Orange, Banana, Noodle, Chip The Second File is something like this: Apple I love eat Apple. Banana I hate Banana. ...
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Reboot from windows to linux with grub

I have machine with Windows and Linux with GRUB, only with remote access. Is there any way to chage default OS in grub from windows? I know how to achieve it from linux, something like echo ...
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How to mount remote samba share from local host with multiple groups?

I am using mount.cifs to mount a remote samba share (both client and server are Ubuntu server 8.04) like this: mount.cifs //sambaserver/samba /mountpath -o ...
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How to delete files on the command line with regular expressions?

Lets say I have 20 files named FOOXX, where XX is the number of the file, eg 01, 02 etc. At the moment, if I want to delete all files lower than the number 10, this is easy and I just use a wildcard, ...
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How to compare file timestamps in bash?

How do I compare the timestamp of two files? I tried this but it doesn't work: file1time=`stat -c %Y fil1.txt` file2time=`stat -c %Y file2.txt` if[$file1time -gt $file2time]; then doSomething fi ...
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How to “flush tor circuit”

On Windows I have used XBBrowser, which provides a custom version of Firefox suited to using Tor. XBBrowser provides a button, flush tor circuit, which will setup an entirely new connection and exit ...
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Basic connectivity issues between Win 7 and XP mixed wired/wireless network

Setup: Windows 7 x64 Ultimate desktop hard wired to Asus WL500gp router (WL500gpv2-1.9.2.7-d-r1445 firmware) Several Bridged VirtualBox VM's running XP, 7, ubuntu server 10.04, Mint 9 and SuSE 11.2 ...
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Formatting the BASH command prompt

I would like to change the formatting on my BASH prompt from this: anon@machinename.domain.poo:~/some/very/annoying/long/path$ to something like this: ...
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How to maintain a SSD drive on Ubuntu?

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 on a Intel X25-M PostVille 160 Go SSD drive with ext4. How can I tell if there's something wrong ? What should/can I do to maintain its performance/health ? Should I use ...
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WMII Terminal Width of 80 Columns for xterm (colrules)

I'm trying to get WMII to split horizontally at 80 columns for xterm, but I'm only seeing a way to do this via percentage. It would be nice to be able to set it by something other than percentage for ...
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Why does my screen turn black after installing ATI on Ubuntu 10.04?

I'm having a problem installing the drivers for my video card. I've just finished installing the driver, rebooted the OS, and the monitor starts up in energy saving mode and doesn't boot Ubuntu. What ...
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How to convert aspell dictionary to simple list of words?

I want to get list of all words from aspell dictionary. I downloaded aspell and aspell polish dictionary, then unziped it using: preunzip pl.cwl I got pl.wl: ... hippie hippies hippiesowski/bXxYc ...
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Location of truetype fonts

I would like to create a small script that installs a few truetype fonts on the user's system. On my Ubuntu machine the truetype fonts are located at /usr/share/fonts/truetype. However, I'm not sure ...
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Dell Dimension running Fedora12 does a “Sleeping Beauty” and I am not a “handsome prince”!

Dell Dimension 2350 with a Pentium IV processor and integrated video and network chips running Fedora12 does a "Sleeping Beauty" and I, apparently, am not a "handsome prince"! The system puts video ...
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Set default system audio output port (for all accounts)

The default output audio port Ubuntu doesn't work on my system. It should be "Analog Mono Output/Amplifier", instead of "Analog Output/Amplifier". I can easily change that in sound preferences, just ...
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Running a web server with an encrypted file system (all or part of it)

I need a webserver (LAMP) running inside a virtual machine (#1) running as a service (#2) in headless mode (#3) with part or the whole file system encrypted (#4). The virtual machine will be started ...
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How to make pdnsd just use one probed server not to flood with server uptests?

Why pdnsd responds slowly/fails many requests to it even if it has found working upstream server? I want pdnsd to just use the DNS server {it has probed,that is proven} to work and search for other ...
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Set up Ubuntu to boot in Terminal mode with all service running

Im running a virtual linux server on a low-end system, and i wold like to configure the server to boot in terminal window and not to the Gnome log in window, this is because of the low specs on the ...
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Need suggestions for a Sigle Board Linux Computer? [closed]

I need suggestions for a single board computer, with these requirements: Runs linux Wifi (I/O module?) Does not need much computing power. I'm using it for applications like twittering when the ...
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how is the the linux console displayed to the user and how does the user go about changing the consoles display settings?

I've been searching for the last two days on trying to understand how the console displays itself to the user and how to change the console settings. I've had some luck along the way but nothing that ...
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How to upgrade XBMC Live via command line?

I've been unable to do a fresh install of XBMC Live 9.11 to my hard drive. Everytime it fails at the Install System step. But I am able to get XBMC Live 9.04.1 to install successfully. How do I ...
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Python crash issue in Fedora 12

How to fix the following issue and what's the problem. Due to this problem, everything that uses python is not working. /lib/librt.so.1: symbol pthread_barrier_wait, version GLIBC_2.2 not ...
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cp command force

currently there's a xxx dir already in /home/yyy I'm trying to overwrite it cp -fr ../xxx /home/yyy/ doesn't work still prompts me to overwrite the individual files. how do I fix it?