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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 ...
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How to recover Ubuntu user password

A while ago I've installed Ubuntu as a second OS on my laptop, just to try out Linux. I have created one user & gave it admin privileges. Haven't touched it for a while, and, of course, forgot ...
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Memory percentage in top (linux)

Just wondering (1) is the memory percentage in top for a process is relative to memory or relative to memory+swap? (2) if it is the former, how can I get the latter? Vice versa. (3) To determine ...
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Discover linux kernel boot options

Is there a cross-distribution way to know the boot parameters supplied to the kernel?
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Linux: How do I execute a script in a way that it knows its directory?

I need to write a script, which would be called from any location, but needs to run from the directory it resides in. The script should query its directory at runtime. How can this be achieved? ...
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How many cores I am using on a Linux Server?

I am just wondering how I can find out in bash how many CPU cores a user is now using on a Linux Server? I am submitting a fair amount of background jobs to the server, so I'd like to write a bash ...
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How to automatically boot from Linux distro to Windows?

Here's the thing: I've got dual boot computer with Ubuntu 8.04 and XP Pro. Sometimes I want to switch between these two. To do this I need to issue "Reboot" in Ubuntu, wait for grub menu and choose XP ...
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How to change log level in /var/log/messages?

I'm running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, SP2 (SLES10 SP2), and am seeing a large number of what support calls cosmetic errors being logged to /var/log/messages. Does anyone know of a way to ...
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What's the difference between /etc/bash.bashrc and ~/.bashrc? Which one should I use?

When should I use each of the two .bashrc files to set my aliases, prompt, etc?
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Overclocking under Ubuntu

I want to overclock my Desktop computer: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550. I googled it and I found many sites, but none for Linux (I have Ubuntu 8.10) Can anyone help me to find out how to do that? ...
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How to set the default file permissions on ALL newly created files in linux

My question is similar to this: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/228534/linux-default-file-permission but there is no scp/ftp client involved and that question looks abandoned. Simply put: I want ...
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Path difference between ../ and ./

Could anyone explain the difference between ../ and ./ please. ../system ./system My understanding is that ../ is the root directory. But I don't know what ./ means.
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User specific /etc/hosts files?

Is it possible to have a user specific hosts file, or some other way to map a ip address to a name on a Linux system. I want to be able to ssh to my local machine from an on campus lab without having ...
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VOB merging: what command-line tool is recommended (Linux)?

I'd like to merge the VOB's of a DVD into a single VOB file. What command-line tool is recommended under Linux?
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Get remote x display working in linux without ssh tunneling

I need to get an x window to display on 'nathanb-box' from 'ceres' without tunneling X over ssh. [nathanb@nathanb-box ~] xhost +ceres ceres being added to access control list [nathanb@nathanb-box ~] ...
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kill all processes of a user except a few in linux

I was running some processes under a screen session on a remote server. When I tried to kill all those processes by: pkill -U tim all my processes are killed including those I don't want to kill ...
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Command for front side bus speed of the system in Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find virtual memory size and cache size of a linux system? I have Linux debian version2.6.18 which does not have lshw/dmidecode command, dmesg does not give ...
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kill -9 programs but they still hang on

I tried to kill all my background jobs submit earlier under KUbuntu by kill -9 $(jobs -p) Although this command immediately gave the message like [1] Killed myjob1 [2] Killed ...
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Linux queuing system

We have a few computers that are used for simulations in physics which are run by a few people. I would like to install some queuing system to submit tasks and to fairly share resources. What would ...
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In Firefox, is there a shortcut to paste the content of the X buffer directly into the search box?

In particular when programming, it's handy to post error messages in Firefox' search box, to see what Google has to say on the matter :) On linux and particularly X11, it's even more handy since you ...
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How best to compare huge directory trees

How can I compare directory trees of huge size? I am thinking a free tool to make a snapshot of the filesystem structure (listing of files and directories, their size & timestamps) would be ideal ...
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How can I turn up the brightness of my notebook lcd in linux?

No matter if I use Kubuntu or Pardus (both use the powerdevil backend), the maximum 100% monitor brightness level that they allow me to set, is not what my screen can do. When I boot up the notebook ...
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How to set up simple VPN for secure Internet connections over unencrypted Wi-Fi?

I recently moved into an apartment where the complex provides free unencrypted Wi-Fi. The speed is good for my purposes, but I'm not 100% comfortable with all my traffic being sent in the clear, given ...
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avisynth (or a like tool) for linux

Is there a way to run avisynth on linux? OR Is there a similar tool? That is, a way to write a script file that can be played in a video player and/or fed into an encoder, etc. Update: My distro ...
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How can I install Linux on a single partion XP machine without a CD burner?

I have an old laptop that I would like to convert to a media center (media player, netflix online, youtube, etc.). It's got something like 1.3 GHz, and 1GB ram and currently has XP so its really just ...
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How to run an .exe from linux command prompt

I am new to Linux. I am currently trying to write a command line which should execute a *.exe inside a folder abc. I have tried % cd abc info.exe But the error says no such file or directory. ...
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Do symbolic link files survive SVN?

Let's say I create a symbolic link file inside an SVN managed path, commit the path to SVN and later checkout the path. 1) Will the symbolic link file survive? 2) If the symbolic link file is made ...
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random chimes in linux

I have no idea how to find any information about this. I am running redhat 5 with a gnome destkop. Periodically, I hear chimes, three tones, either ascending or descending, at random intervals. It ...