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Skype notification script: get chat message recipient

I'm writing a notification script for Skype event notifications. (As far as I know, that feature is Linux-only; go to "Options", "Notifications", select an event and fill in "Execute the following ...
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Tool to run a command when file changed

Does anybody know of tool for Linux that can watch a custom subtree of the filesystem for changes, and executes a custom command when a change occurs ? Such a tool would be very useful to quickly ...
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Windows 7 coming from Linux/Unix?

I've got a Windows 7 box going for my job, and most high-level computing experience is coming from shell environments in Linux. I'm completely lost in the Windows shell, and when I try to use a GUI ...
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Can you make it easier to resize windows on Ubuntu?

Anyone know how to make it easier to grab the side or corner of the window to resize it? Seems like there is literally 1 pixel of space to grab.
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Audio CD not playable after burning (with K3b)

I have problems with burned CD-RW Audio CDs in K3B. I don't know exactly what's wrong. When I burn mp3s as an Audio CD with K3B, the burning process seems to be ok. But when I want to play this burned ...
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Loopback mountable encryption for an existing partition image

Is there a way to encrypt an existing filesystem in a file that is mountable via loopback? I thought I had a simple plan for moving from an old notebook to a new one, but actually something does not ...
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Multiple identities at the same time using TOR?

I am scraping some websites with curl and I am using Tor to avoid sending too many request with the same ip. The problem is that my app uses threads, so if I send the packet to change identity to the ...
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Increase linux terminal scrollback buffer size

I'm using CentOS 5.4 servers installed in a VMWare virtual machine with no X.Org server installed, so all access is via command line and the linux terminal. I use Shift-PgUp to view the scrollback ...
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Address Linux VMWare Guest by Hostname

This question is very similar to this one, except the host machine is Windows Server 2003 instead of OSX. Essentially I need to be able to SSH (via cygwin and/or PuTTy) from the host machine into a ...
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force all sockets to close in linux

How can I force all currently open sockets in linux to close from the command line?
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linux universal archive handling utility

Is there any linux command-line utility that can handle both Windows and Linux archive formats ? I'm writing a script that needs to be able to extract info ( listing files/folders inside is crucial ) ...
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Good disk use visualization for Linux?

I have a VPS which is a little starved for disk space. Long term plans call for moving to a system with a bigger disk but in the meantime I need to take a look at the existing disk use and clear up ...
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Problem installing build-essential in Ubuntu

I'm trying to install build-essential but Ubuntu cannot find it. ruchir@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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Where should I put system-wide scripts in *nix system?

Can someone tell me of a sensible fairly standard place to put scripts that a number of users will need on an Ubuntu system?
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Using wget to mirror a website and everything from the first level of external sites

I need to mirror a particular website (all the pages under that particular domain) any pages (but not whole sites) that the website links to. I'm confused about the how to do this wget -r ...
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Restrict number of SSH connections by user name or IP?

Can I restrict the number of ssh connections to my Linux box - by username or by ip or both?
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Is there a way to have shared control tmux session?

I'm looking for something similar to the screen -x of gnu screen for Linux
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How can I send gpg encrypted mail automatically from the linux command line?

How can I send gpg encrypted mail automatically from the linux command line? I'm a little stumped on this one, I've tried using mutt but it doesn't encrypt mail unless it's used interactively. Does ...
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tmux disregarding the configuration file

I just installed tmux on Ubuntu 10.04 and tried to remap the prefix key to C-a by creating the file ~/.tmux.conf with these lines: set-option -g prefix C-a unbind-key C-b When starting tmux, both ...
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Different graphic cards drivers while booting from external media

I am booting a certain system of mine with ubuntu 9.10 from external HDD. I am satisfied with the setup and it works fine, however I would like to modify it so that I can choose which graphic card ...
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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 ...