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Double root folder vs single root folder

On my Linux box, in bash, I have access to a "double root" folder denoted by two forward slashes: tomas:~ $ cd / tomas:/ $ ls bin/ cdrom@ ... tomas:/ $ cd // tomas:// $ ls bin/ cdrom@ ... The ...
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How to recover the Linux password

In my PC, Linux is already installed and I forgot the password. I want to recover my Linux system password. How can I do it, step by step?
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What are the Mac OSX and Linux equivalents to Microsoft's HyperTerminal?

For our class project we are going to use HyperTerminal to communicate to something we are building that is attached to our laptops using USB. We're supposed to use HyperTerminal. ...
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creating user home directory

I've a user account in a remote machine. but it doesn't have a home directory in that machine. Is it possible to create a home directory without having root account details. If yes, how it can be ...
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Auto-reconnecting SSH connections with a specific 'screen' session

I typically have several terminal windows each of which is connected via ssh to a remote server. In each window I work using the gnu screen program, to ensure persistence of the interactive processes ...
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Help on writing Linux script to backup and ftp files to another server

I am using MySQL as the database system for my application on a Linux system. Every week I update the system and take backups (mysqldump) of the databases changed (2 databases). I then .tar.gz them ...
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which Backup Software?

I need to use a backup software that can backup windows server to a Linux server out side the network (the cloud)! so far I came through the following: Handy Backup Professional 6.7 Backup4all ...
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How do I adjust the semmni kernel parameter in Fedora 13?

I've done the usual edit of /etc/sysctl.conf to include the parameter, but it just tosses errors. I haven't had to tune a kernel in a very long time, what's different about it nowadays (or have I ...
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What session manager should I use?

I'm not using any desktop environment, but I need a session manager mainly to gracefully halt the system. It seems I can't find any solution around. The only one is xsm, but I got no luck with it. ...
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Moving characters to the end of line (EOL) with SED

Any time the word “The” appears at the beginning of a line, I want to move it to the end of the line and capitalize the new first word in the line. For example, “The heaven” becomes “Heaven the”. I'm ...
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Referring to variables in bash

Is there a difference when variables are referred to as $variableName and ${variableName} in bash?
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Which backup software use? [closed]

i have external hdd and i want two different backup policies: Identical backup of one folder to ext hdd, but only changed/create files will be writen every day Full backup another folder every day, ...
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How to turn off Nautilus autoplay under KDE?

does anyone have an idea why when I insert a cd/dvd/flash nautilus opens as a default file manager under KDE instead of dolphin krusader? in my system settings krusader is set as the default manager, ...
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How to install Perl in personal unix area?

I'm working in a lab running a CentOS server with Perl 5.8.8. I would like to install a newer version of Perl for my personal use only (i.e. do not affect other users). How can I do that?
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How do I create a bootable dos CDROM in Linux that is bigger than 1.44MB for bios update

I need to install a bios update to fix my PC after I upgraded the CPU. BIOS update should fix it. But... This seems to be way harder than it should be. I'd be great if motherboard manufacturers ...
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How to uninstall GRUB and get windows 7 bootloader back?

I have windows 7 home premium currently installed and I have just recently installed Linux Mint and it has replaced my MBR with GRUB. Is there any way I can restore the normal Windows 7 Boot Loader ...
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What is the recommended Mac desktop VM software for Linux guests?

(This question was originally posted at Server Fault, but Super User seems a more appropriate place to ask.) I use a MacBook Pro as my primary machine, but my work targets Linux servers. I'm ...
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Is CPU fan running continuously on a laptop a problem?

I have dual boot on my machine - Windows Vista and Fedora 12. I have noticed that while I am on Vista, the fan runs only intermittently, but while I am on Fedora, it runs continuously. I have tried ...
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Starting a virtual machine in virtual box or vmware player freezes linux host

I'm running Kubuntu 10.04 with kernel version 2.6 i.e. output from uname -a Linux blaze 2.6.32-24-generic #41-Ubuntu SMP Thu Aug 19 01:38:40 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux I created the virtual machine ...
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Connection refused to a server running on local network

I'm hosting a game server on my laptop running Ubuntu 10.04. My friends can connect to the server completely fine, but when I try to access it, I get a "Connection refused: connect" error. All the ...
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Where does Linux Mint mount an iPod touch?

When I connect an iPod Touch to Linux, it is automatically mounted and recognized. Rhythmbox is able to play music on it. However, I cannot find where in the filesystem it is mounted. I looked in ...
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Revo 3610 not doing HDMI handshake

I am having a problem with my Revo 3610 which is connected to my TV via HDMI. For some reason it will not do the HDMI handshake with the TV, so my TV does not think that there is anything in the ...
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Tool to fix file names starting with =_iso-8859-1… in .eml file names?

I have a folderful of E-Mails saved from an IMAP account that I dissolved. The file name is the subject line of each E-Mail. Now unfortunately, when a non-ASCII encoding is used, the subject line ...
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Updating the url list apt-get uses in debian

When I do 'apt-get update' on my VPS I get a lot of error messages: Err http://ftp.debian.org lenny/volatile/main Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 130.89.149.226 80] Err http://ftp.debian.org ...
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Where can I find all Linux commands?

Do you know where can I find all commands like dig, mount, grep, cat, etc. All those built-into bash and Ubuntu Linux?
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Why do we need to set swap space as twice big as our physical memory?

When we want to setup a linux system, there is a common a suggestion to set the swap space twice as big as your physical memory. I want to know why do we need this, and how it is this suggestion come ...
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Unexplained Log Cruft and Possible Dropped Packets on WPA2-Personal LAN

I've been receiving a LOT of log cruft ever since I installed my WUSB100V2 (using the rt2870sta community driver from the Linux kernel) and was wondering what it all meant. Many times when these ...
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Copy information from iCal to Google calendar

I am using OSX Leopard and would like to sync iCal with some other system so at home, on a Linux box, I can see the calendars. I thought about Google calendar, is it possible?
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How do I install GRUB to a partiton and not MBR?

I am trying to dual boot Windows and Linux. I would like to continue using the Windows bootloader in my MBR. I installed Windows 7 first. During the install I left some unallocated space that I ...
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Terminal Header

Is it possible to run a java command as soon as the terminal opens and after it displays you have the normal terminal prompt. I have an ascii header i made its a java file and i want it to display ...
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How do I run software after I install it with make install?

I downloaded a tar.gz for the Player Project from Sourceforge. I ran the make install command to install it, and got no errors. But I don't know how to actually run the program. There are multiple ...
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WINE and Windows viruses

Might be a silly question, but I was wondering... WINE has permission to edit certain (profile) folders and provides Windows based software to run under Linux. Could it also provide Windows viruses an ...
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Copy to system clipboard instead of vim buffer

I would like to set Y and P to copy and paste directly to the system clipboard instead of vim buffer. I don't want any additional commands. Just the normal ones, but they should copy to and paste ...
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How to install software on low memory debian machines

I have a server that runs a minimal instalation of debian 5.0. The server has only 128mb of ram. I am trying to install virtualmin but I keep getting the message: ............spinner: fork: Cannot ...
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Meaning of a line in a bash script

Can anyone help me understand the meaning of this line from a bash script? [ "$2" = "" ] && >$1 && return
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Can I dual boot Linux and Windows 7 but use the Windows bootloader instead of GRUB?

Is it possible to have the Windows bootloader point to Windows 7 and a Linux partition instead of using GRUB to point to Windows 7 and Linux? Any links to tutorials, guides, or how-tos would be ...
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Can I automatically run a virtual machine (made by vmware in fedora OS) at startup in fullscreen?

I am an administrator of a student lab with 20 PCs. I was thinking of a way to protect those machines in the long run with the presence of some students with destructive behaviour. The most suitable ...
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My new Intel X25-M G2 and the alignment thingy

I just bought a new SSD for my laptop, which is going to be a server running ArchLinux with grub2, GPT and btrfs. My layout should look like this: (grub-partition?) /boot ext2 75MB / btrfs ...
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Is it possible to find the CPU hogging tab in Firefox?

First of all, I did my homework and found those similar questions, but they seem to cover particular firefox addons. My scenario is different: I don't run a ton of addons, but still periodically CPU ...
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How to virtualize hardware (the other way around)

Generally questions about virtualization means putting more virtual computers on 1 physical computer. What my question is about is the other way around. Namely: how to make from different physical ...
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Special unix directories (~)

My university has a system set up where each class has its own directory for the professors to publish and receive files. These directories reside under a directory in /home which happens to be a ...
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Setup network permissions in a dorm network

I have a rather complex network idea that I would like to implement. I've done some google searches, but have been unable to find out how to pull this off. I live in a college dorm. All of these ...
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What happened to my graphics card?

What happened to my graphics card? It happens after a while, and more in QT applications than in GTK. Lines don't disappear after moving the window or hiding it (forcing it to redraw). My ...
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Find files that have been accessed after they were created

With the find command it is easy to find files that have been modified or accessed within a given period. When a file is created, the acesss time is the same as the modify time. But as soon it is ...
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Extract/save a mail attachment using bash

Using normal bash tools (ie, built-ins or commonly-available command-line tools), is it possible, and how to extract/save attachments on emails? For example, say I have a nightly report which ...
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Commands see files, bash doesn't

This is a really odd bug I can't seem to figure it out. Basically, commands like ls can see all the files in the current directory, however when I go to execute the file it will give errors like ...
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How can I create keyboard shortcuts to run commands in a terminal?

I was wondering is it possible to bind say F5 to output sudo apt-get update so I can press one key to write this into the terminal?
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What is maxlogins in limits.conf?

In file /etc/security/limits.conf the maxlogins field refer to what? If I set "user1 hard maxlogins 2" Does this mean "user1" can have two concurrent login at a time or He can ...
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linux antivirus software [closed]

Which antivirus software on Linux is most popular?
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Damn Small Linux does not detect hard drive but Debian can see it

I have a Toshiba Dynabook 2010 laptop and I want to install Damn Small Linux (DSL) on it. The problem is when I boot with DSL there is no hard drive named /dev/hda1 and fdisk -l command does not ...