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Aptitude vs. apt-get: Which is the recommended (aka the “right”) tool to use?

Some time ago I read that aptitude is the preferred tool for installation on Debian-based systems. But when you search around on how to administer a Debian-based system, then aptitude is rarely ...
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Why isn't my Windows Bootloader showing up?

I am working currently on a dual boot between Windows 7 and Linux. I removed the GRUB bootloader successfully, because i wanted to use the Windows Bootloader. Now, i used EasyBCD and some knowledge ...
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Playing VCD[.dat] in linux

Currently i am using gxine for playing VCD .dat files. For that i have to use a command gxine vcd://Track Number I havnt found any useful GUI tool for playing vcd dat file on double click. My OS ...
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Run part of a bash script as a different user

Is there a way to make part of a script run as a different (non-root) user? If it helps , the part to be run as a different user occurs at the end of the script Edit : OS -> Ubuntu 9.04
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Installing Mono on RedHat 7.1

Has anyone succeeded in installing Mono (the Linux .NET framework project) on the (outdated I know) RedHat 7.1 Linux distribution? I need advice where to get started, I could find no resource on the ...
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Make Firefox use the favicon as window icon under Linux

Is there a Firefox feature, setting, or add-on that arranges it so that the favicon of the currently open web page becomes the icon of the browser window in Linux/X11? In particular, it ought to show ...
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Debugging Wine, Windows Emulator for Linux

I frequently want to run a windows app (usually a game) on my linux machines, the best way to do this is via wine, the windows emulator. The problem is that this is quite difficult to do. The apps ...
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Reliability of a Compact Flash as a hard drive

I would now if someone can help me and say if I need a industrial grade or not to insure reliability in a PC embedded device. I use linux and make the most filesystem in RAM to avoid read/write of the ...
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How to load previous kernel via ssh?

I work remotely on my work computer. I am also the root of the workstation that I am sharing with my colleague. Yesterday, I upgraded the kernel to 2.6.31-17 when asked by the update manager but ...
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Watermarking videos on Linux

I want to add watermarking on to my FLV videos. Previously I used to do that using FFmpeg's vhook option but due to some problems I had to upgrade it to the latest SVN revision. This version of FFmpeg ...
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Demystifying Font Appearance on Linux : The Proper Way

Can someone enlighten me on the way font appearance (hinting, antialiasing) works? As far as I understand, There is .fonts.conf There are individual font settings for Gnome, XFCE and KDE (or do they ...
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Shell: Is it possible reference previous parameter?

Is it possible to run consecutive commands, with those that follow referencing the parameter(s) passed to the very first? For example, download, untar, and cd: wget superuser.tar.gz tar -xzf ...
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How can I set my BASH history scrolling to filter by what I've already typed?

Given a history of commands: 1 pwd 2 mysql -u root -p 3 ps -ef | more 4 top 5 mysql -h 192.168.1.101 -u root -p When you press the Up arrow, you scroll through all those commands. I've read it ...
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How do I print a bunch of OpenOffice.org documents at once?

With Microsoft Word on Windows, I can select a bunch of documents, right-click, and select "print". There doesn't seem to be any such option for OpenOffice.org running on Ubuntu 9.10. I have a folder ...
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Which Linux-based file system for very large files?

I'm setting up a backup system on an external drive. I would have gone with ext4, but heard that XFS is more suited for my needs. I haven't worked with files of this magnitude before so my question ...
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Find most recently modified file in a directory

What would be a good way, via the Bash command-line, to find the time of the last modification made to any of the files in a particularly directory? Basically, I'm working on a project where all the ...
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Linux/Ubuntu: Update grub?

When i want to update grub, with the command update-grub in terminal, it says the menu.lst file isnt there, which seems obvious, because it has a grub.cfg file. Why does it not want to work with the ...
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Linux: Advanced Grub Bootloader configuration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Aesthetically editing grub.cfg Make grub keep its default boot under kernel updates Hello, I want to use the Grub bootloader to boot up my system with my triple boot. ...
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How can I record sound from Linux?

I have Linux (ubuntu). And I would like to record a sound. Does anybody know how to do it? I tried to use "Sound Recorder" program which I found in "Sound & Video" menu. First I press "Record". In ...
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Command working from terminal but not from PHP

I can successfully run an executable from the command line, but when I try to do the same thing from PHP with exec() the outcome is different. The command is: ffmpeg -i a.wav -i a.m2v a.mpeg When ...
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Can the order in which a DNS entry is looked up be changed?

Can the order in which an entry is looked up at the DNS or the hosts (/etc/hosts) be specified on Linux? E.g.: If I specify DNS then hosts then the name should be resolved using DNS first, and hosts ...
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Deleting remote folder in FileZilla

I can't delete a remote folder from my linux shared webserver using FileZilla (Mac/Linux). I've CHMODed a few times to 777 on the folder and its parent as well. I'm using the latest versions of ...
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Windows XP whipped with linux installation, is restore possible?

I made a stupid mistake by running a Linux installation (OpenSuse) over my XP Installation. Now I want to know if it possible to restore files from the previous XP installation somehow (Outlook ...
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Where does Ubuntu stash saved user ids and passwords?

On my Ubuntu 9.10 system I can connect to a WebDAV folder using "Places > Connect to Server..." then setting "Service type" to "WebDAV (HTTP)", filling in the Server, Port, Folder and User Name, then ...
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EFI pxe network boot error [closed]

Asking this on both serverfault and superuser. When attempting to network boot RHEL 5.4 on an old ia64 machine I get the following error : So I've basically followed the tutorial here : ...
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How can I copy files with SSH?

I am trying to copy a file from my other computer, to another computer. (both running Ubuntu 9.10) So, I've ssh'ed into the other computer; I cd to the directory; and I entered cp File.zip ...
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nvidia drivers crash a linux machine with 2 video cards

In Fedora 11 (64bit) I was using the nvidia binary drivers (akmod-nvidia) to drive both by QUadro FX 1400, with 2 monitors on it, and my GeForce 8400 GX, with 1 monitor on it. After upgrading to ...
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interactive/visual merge tool for console?

I'm a big fan of meld - a visual diff and merge tool for Gnome. It shows two files (or directories) side by side with their differences highlighted and I can easily select which parts I want to move ...
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Linux: Redirect Local USB Keyboard To Remote Shell

(Discalimer: totally unfamiliar with Linux) Is there a way to redirect the local standard input (USB keyboard plugged into a headless, ARM-based Sheevaplug running Linux debian 2.6.22.18) to a remote ...
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ext4: directory takes 250GB instead of 20GB ?

i have gentoo linux x64 kernel 2.6.32-gentoo-r1 using ext4 i have a 260GB drive and it seems that 99% is taken. (ufk is my home directory) du -hl --max-depth=1 ufk the output shows alot of ...
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Rsync Character set problems

I'm attempting to backup a windows box to a Linux box (Ubuntu 9.10) using rsync on the Linux box, and I get "file has vanished" errors for filenames with unusual characters in the filenames. I get a ...
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Is there any way to turn off the white bars in GNU Screen?

I am using the screen curses window manager and I want to know if it is possible to change the color of, or disable the white bars that appear between splits?
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How do I get bash to respect my physical directory structure? (And likewise for Emacs?)

If in bash, I do "set -P" then bash follows the "physical directory structure" when doing "pwd" and "cd .." etc, rather than the "logical one" that might be defined via symlinks. Unfortunately, bash ...
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Add USB Keyboard to Sheevaplug (Debian 2.6)?

Totally unfamiliar with Linux, I try to add a USB keyboard to a Sheevaplug headless ARM computer running Linux debian 2.6.22.18 Accessing the Sheevaplug from a shell (remote, via Ethernet) ... login ...
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Why not ~/dls instead of ~/Downloads?

Most folder names in the *nix world are lower case. It makes them easier to type in my opinion. However, everything in my home-dir is capitalized! Why is this? Is it possible to change them? The ...
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Xorg randomly refusing to update screen and ends up blank after restarting it

At random intervals (and I do mean random), X will stop refreshing the screen---for all practical purposes and by all definitions, it's frozen solid. Whatever it was trying to display at the instant ...
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Grep on the whole server in Ubuntu

I need to use the grep facility on the whole server. I tried the following: grep -r 'MyString' / grep -r 'MyString' /* However, none of these seem to work. Any suggestions?
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Nvidia nforce's hardware raid on linux?

very simple question to which I couldn't find an answer: I'm about to buy a motherboard equipped with nvidia's nforce 720D chipset, which allows raid 0/1/5/10/jbod, but I couldn't find out if this ...
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Picasa:// links in Google Chrome (Linux)

When I go to Picasa Web to see another user's album, I can download pictures using Picasa with it. This launched a URL like picasa://downloadfeed/?url=http%3A... In Firefox, when I click this, I ...
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Is it possible to stop Windows from changing permissions on a Linux SMB share?

On Ubuntu I've made my user's Public folder an SMB share (using the same user as the smbuser) - I've then mapped it as a network drive on Windows XP. I can edit, from Windows, any file on the share, ...
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F11— skipping specific packages on auto-software-update

I recently upgraded my F9 to F11, which went smoothly and has been great-- with the exception of Amarok (which at v1.4 is an OUTSTANDING music program-- I like it MUCH better then iTunes). F11 ...
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linux: monitoring tty1 in graphical display

I'm wondering if this is possible: I have stuff happening in TTY1 (i.e. the big console I get by hitting ctrl-alt-F1), and if at all possible I'd like to "watch" it in some way from my graphical ...
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Light, small, low-prerequisite multiplatform IM clients for linux

Basically, i need a REALLY light GUI multiplatform im client- for Ubuntu linux with minimal prerequisites. In my current setup pidgin requires about 100 mb of extra space. I tried a self compiled ...
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Is hibernation still dangerous?

My laptop hardware supposedly has good hibernation support for Linux, but I have heard too many horror stories about hibernation. Have things changed or is it still a really bad idea to hibernate?
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Copying only JPG from a directory structure to another location Linux

I wish to recursively go through the folders of a directory structure and copy any .jpg I find into another directory. I think I had the wrong idea with: cp -R photos/*.jpg /cpjpg How can I do ...
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Easiest way to get 3 or 4 monitors working on linux?

I can use the nvidia drivers with my Quadro FX 1400 to drive 2 monitors, but I want to do 3 monitors, with the ability to drag windows among all of them, good expansion, etc. BTW, setting up 2 ...
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How can I run certain programs without the debug/status window, such as Firefox from the command line?

firefox in Debian maps to iceweasel and invokes the program, however how can I get rid of the debug/status window and force it to act the same way as if I clicked on it in Applications -> Internet ?
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How do I find a file in Linux based on text I know it contains?

How can I locate all files in directory /home/user/example that contain "some text" in Linux. I am using Ubuntu 9.10.
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livecd remastering: which distro should i choose

...I just want to add and configure some software. Just simple remaster. Like 2-5 new programs added. Could someone recommend me livecd i should base my remaster on, taking into account these ...
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remastering knoppix: which version and what method should i use

I'd like to remaster knoppix (mainly add and configure some software). I downloaded newest version (KNOPPIX-ADRIANE_V6.2CD-2009-11-18-EN.iso) but later i read that it has some other window manager as ...