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How can I change the CPU frequency of a Dell Latitude C800 in linux?

On Windows XP the system info reports a CPU frequency of 848 mhz. Using cat /proc/cpuinfo gives me a CPU frequency of only 700 mhz and lshw says that the capability is 1ghz. Is there a solution for ...
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How can I figure out if a video driver is loaded in linux?

I've got a Xubuntu installation on a Dell Latitude C800 and I'm pretty sure I've read that one should set the display depth to only 16bit in order to use the ATI Mobility M4 graphics card. Is there a ...
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force sceensaver lock when hibernating on ubuntu

I've poked around in settings but haven't found the right one. This question poses almost the opposite problem. I have my power management set to hibernate when I hit the power button. When it ...
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Why does less tail mode stop working?

Using the less command on linux in tail mode (F command or less -f) consistently stops working on certain machines and/or certain files. New changes simply stop showing up. I know I've fixed this ...
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How can I sniff traffic sent by POST method (on another computer)?

Suppose there is a site which has a form and it send data through POST method over http (NOT HTTPS)? I can access this website directly and also the victim's computer directly. How can i sniff what ...
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Using sftp without mounting it

When I mount sftp/ftp, and connection breaks for a while, the mount "freezes" and will freeze any process that deals with it (the editor, Nautilus, umount, etc). I can't even unmount the folder. (My ...
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how to use TFTP ( Trivial File Transfer Protocol )?

How to use TFTP ( Trivial File Transfer Protocol ) and i need to transfer a file using TFTP ?
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Why does trying to use “mdir” give me “Can't open /dev/fd0: No such file or directory”?

Every time I try to use the "mdir" command on Ubuntu 9.10, I get this message: Can't open /dev/fd0: No such file or directory Cannot initialize 'A:' Any idea what it means, and how to fix it? ...
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Where does Google Chrome for Linux store user specific data?

Where does Google Chrome for Linux store user specific data such as bookmarks ? I can't find a .chrome or .google directory under my home directory, any other directory I should look at ?
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Space in Directory Path in $path Variable in Linux

I am using Red Hat Enterprise 5.3, and I'm trying to add a directory to my $path variable, but it has spaces in it. The $path variable is space delimited, so how do I differentiate a space in a ...
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How to get Ubuntu running on VMWare Player?

ok, I have downloaded a linux .iso and the VMWare player, but I'm missing a VM file to allow me to run the OS in the VM - how do I create this file, or where do i get one from? thanks
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7.1 Sound Card with Optical Out that works with Ubuntu

I currently have a Vostro 200 running Ubuntu that allows me to output to 7.1 audio using a bunch of 1/8 stereo to rca cables. This works perfectly, all I had to do was adjust some pulse audio setting ...
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What's the best way to install software in Ubuntu?

I'm new to Ubuntu and have been away from Linux for a while. I'm used to Windows and find this tedious on Linux but I want to give it a shot. My tendency is to prefer GUI tools over command-line, and ...
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Convert CRLF's to line feeds on Linux

What's the best way to convert CRLF's to line feeds in files on Linux? I've seen sed commands, but is there anything simpler?
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Text consoles on Linux don't work, caused by nVidia driver

I'm using Kubuntu 9.04, a GeForce 9800M GS (laptop) video card with nVidia's drivers, version 180. If I press Ctrl-Alt-F1 (or F2-F6) I should go to a fullscreen text console (instead of the X server ...
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Image filtering in Firefox on Linux

I'm using the firefox-3.5 package (Shiretoko) on Kubuntu 9.04. I've noticed that if it scales an image, unlike on Windows, it does not apply a nice bilinear or bicubic filter to it. In other words, ...
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Show tar files sizes

I've got a bad backup script including an unwanted file. The .tar.gz backup file is 5gig big and I'd like to get a list of every file in the archive and their size. Is that possible ? How would you ...
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Recursive chmod: rw for files, rwx for directories

I want to chmod a lot of files and directories. As x indicates list for directories and execute for regular files I'd like to apply rw for files and rwx for directories. Is it possible using only the ...
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How do I use the awesome window manager?

I've installed awesome on my Ubuntu laptop, and I like it. But I feel kind of lost. I don't know any keyboard shortcuts and the man pages aren't really any help (for instance, what does Mod4 mean?). ...
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Maximize windows

I have a dual-screen setup, and I would like to configure it so that when I maximize a program, it only maximize on one screen instead of both. I have ubuntu 9.04 aka Jaunty Jackalope, amd64 ...
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The best IMAP client for Gmail in Linux [closed]

I'd like to use an IMAP client to have an offline backup and access to Gmail. Now I use mutt, but I am not very satisfied. What is the best IMAP client for Linux to use with Gmail? I want it to be ...
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Are there any good text-based IM clients? [closed]

I'm looking for something that I can run in a linux terminal, so I could ssh into my machine remotely and access the accounts. A solution that supports all the major IM networks would be great.
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%CPU for a process

Looking at the output of top on our server, one of my colleagues told me that the fact that some processes got less than 100 "%CPU" was because I was running too many processes. He added that based on ...
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Super users and the home directory

The UNIX concept of a home folder was great when users shared a single computer and had no idea where or how their files were stored in the system, but does it really make sense when a typical ...
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I would like to pipe output of find into input list of scp, how?

I'm a novice linux user and I am trying to send a long list of files from one computer to another. The argument list is too long, so I am using find. I am having trouble setting up the expression, ...
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Linux: Portable MP3-Player syncing on commandline

I'm searching a console-application which helps me managing my portable mp3-player. The player is a simple mountpoint so nothing special here. My Wish-Application would work as following: I provide ...
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Kubuntu 9.04 - Can't drag application from one screen to another in multi monitor setup

I have a new install of Kubuntu 9.04. I installed the ati drivers. fglrxinfo display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: ATI FirePro V3750 (FireGL) ...
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ubuntu general spellcheker [closed]

I am wondering if there is a ubuntu application that can spell check any text in any application running.
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How tmpfs works in Debian?

I run df -h and found on my Debian Squeeze two tmpfs directory, tmpfs 1.5G 0 1.5G 0% /lib/init/rw tmpfs 1.5G 0 1.5G 0% /dev/shm Then, I added a line in ...
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How do I save power when Idling?

Let's say my computer is downloading a huge update, or maybe I want to perform a slow virus-scan that's likely to take hours. The question is, my machine is gonna be up all night, sleep/hibernate is ...
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Why does Windows occupy more disk space, compared to Linux? [closed]

Why does a Windows install take so much place compared to most Linux distributions, despite being capable of much less? For example, a standard Ubuntu installation takes about 4 GB and can actually be ...
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Looking for a driver for my Canon MP530 printer for Linux (ubuntu)

What can I do if there is no driver for the Canon MP530? I tried the driver for the MP520 but the printed page is messed up. Any ideas? Edit: I run Ubuntu 9.04
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How do I make two linux partitions share a swap partition?

I have two Ubuntu linux partitions, and each has its own swap space. Is it possible to make them use the same swap space?
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How do you display how much space is taken up by all the contents held recursively in one directory using a Linux terminal?

I use Ubuntu 9.04 and I would like to know how to display how much space is taken up by all the contents held recursively in one directory using a Linux terminal? Should I use ls -l along with some ...
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Zotac WiFi Drivers - No Linux Support

I built my own computer, and the motherboard is a Zotac ITX GeForce 9300. The Wi-Fi adapter doesn't work and the CD it came with has no Linux drivers. I am using the latest stable release of Linux ...
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LUKS-Encrypted Root Partition in Ubuntu 9.04

I have a LUKS-encrypted root partition that I have installed Ubuntu 9.04 to. I have of course placed /boot on a separate ext2 partition, and my boot loader loads and functions correctly. However, I ...
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Howto return to virtual machine when remote desktop hangs?

I'm using a vmware virtual machine running ubuntu linux and from there I connect to a Windows XP machine using rdesktop through a VPN tunnel. This configuration is given and cannot be changed. From ...
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port forwarding on linux without root or ssh

I was wondering whether it is possible to get port forwarding without being root or ssh. Currently I do ssh -L 20080:othermachine:80 localhost Using ssh can get you certain benefits like creating ...
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How do I get Konsole to show the correct information on the tab when using autossh

I'm a heavy konsole user, and having recently discovered autossh, I'm quite happy adding new tabs using konsole --new-tab -e autossh user@hostname Unfortunately, Konsole's tab text is not following ...
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How do I find out what processes are accessing the hard disk in a GNU/Linux-based system?

I'm looking for the equivalent to top for disk access, so I can tell which process(es) are currently reading and/or writing to disk. I'm currently using Ubuntu, but I imagine there's a standard tool ...
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How can I make locate/updatedb ignore certain file extensions?

For instance, I don't want either program to find files that end in *.pyc. I'm sure I can do this somehow using regexes or globs, but is there a way to make locate just ignore the files altogether? ...
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free memory of a linux server: percentage or size value

When trying to evaluate the usage of memory and get the free memory size, which one is considered more proper, percentage or size value? Compared to CPU usage, I know people use load average divided ...
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Why is apt-get trying to install linux-image? (and how can I stop it?)

The other day, I tried to update Abiword by running the command sudo apt-get update abiword. Obviously, it didn't work, but I had no idea how badly it would fail. apt-get began installing several ...
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nVidia Graphics Card, a Hit or Miss on Each New Distro Release

Has anyone gotten their nVidia graphics card (GeForce 8600 GT) to work on Fedora 11 x86_64? It's been a literal hit or miss on every release of Fedora. I started at Fedora 8 and I'm on 11. I got it ...
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FOSS Newsletter application [closed]

What newsletter application would you recommend? It should handle large lists of recipients, GUI for making the letter and you should be able to make templates for easy re-use. It should be geared ...
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OpenDNS not working from 1 Ubuntu machine

I have OpenDNS set up on my router, however I'm getting a strange situation. The OpenDNS Welcome page confirms that OpenDNS is working on my Windows XP laptop and on an Ubuntu netbook but not on my ...
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timing a program

I am runnning a program in a linux server as well as timing its time usage by command time. Looking at the final output, I am confused since I thought "real=sys+user" or it at least approximately ...
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Ubuntu, trouble getting back from lock screen

My problem is that after being idle for a while, the screen is locked and after this happened I get a black screen from which I can't get rid of. I mean after black screen comes, typing and moving ...
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average load and total %CPU in top

I thought the average load by uptime and the summation of %CPU of all running processes in top (#9 column) should agree. But it seems not true. Here is my little experiments: On one server: $ top -b ...
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Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband Connect w/ Linux Netbook

I currently have a Blackberry Curve 8330 with Verizon Wireless. I'm considering activating their Mobile Broadband Connect service. I'd like to use this service with my Asus eeePC 1000 netbook running ...