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Unzipping archives, preserving folder hierarchy

I've got a problem and am not sure what it is, but hope someone can help me think this through because this has me stumped. Backstory: I wrote a Java app (Android) that unzips some zip files ...
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How can I recreate my user in Ubuntu?

I would like to start from scratch. How would I delete my user, including all data, but still have a way of recreating it? My user is the only user on the computer. It is also the administrative ...
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Converting legacy GRUB menu entries to GRUB 2

I would like to change an entry for a solution to boot from CD from legacy grub (looks like title bla bla bla) to an entry to a format compatible to grub 2 (the one that looks like menuentry "bla bla ...
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Hard drive partition size wrong. How do I resize without loss of data?

$ fsck fsck from util-linux 2.20.1 e2fsck 1.42 (29-Nov-2011) The filesystem size (according to the superblock) is 610471680 blocks The physical size of the device is 536870911 blocks Either the ...
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HTML5 Video Only Plays Back at fast speed on Ubuntu/Linux

Every html5 video I try to play online plays at double/1.5x speed (very useful when trying to fastforward through a video, not great otherwise). I can slow it down to half speed (e.g. on YouTube ...
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Can I make a script always execute as root?

How to make a script execute as root, no matter who executes it? I read about setuid but I'm not sure how to do this. I'm using Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
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Installing Windows from Ubuntu while booting only from hard drive

My problem is unrelated to this workaround (the question) here, but the end result is that I cannot change boot order (or use a boot menu) on my laptop. It is currently running Ubuntu 12.04 with a ...
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Unable to load Windows after using EasyBCD to write MBR

I have a dual-boot Ubuntu/Windows 7 Lenovo Ideapad G460 that I'm trying to remove Ubuntu from (decided running Wubi is sufficient for my purposes). I used EasyBCD (The Non-Geeks Guide To Safely ...
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Unable to install software on Ubuntu 8.04

I have recently installed 8.04 Ubuntu onto an industrial board and applied the vendor kernel modifications to it. I need to develop applications on another desktop to run on this board in C++ but I am ...
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How to maintain VPS server?

Assuming I have no experience in running them, what would be called a good maintenance routine for a VPS server running mail server and LAMP with a couple of sites. I've got one for quite a while now,...
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video editing tool to color overlay a specific part [closed]

I have downloaded a video from YouTube. But the publisher has put some link (their twitter and facebook) for promotional purpose. The links keeps coming up through out the video in the black area (up ...
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USB Not Select-able from Boot Menu

I installed Ubuntu on a USB drive following these instructions: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/linux/create-a-bootable-ubuntu-usb-flash-drive-the-easy-way/ When I go to boot menu the USB drive does ...
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Remote connection refused by mysql on vbox

I am currently using ubuntu server on a virtual box machine to have a secondary environment for testing. The server also has mysql-server installed but I would like to manage it through mysql ...
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Puppet stdlib module file_line doesn't have an effect

I have the following module: include stdlib class pulseaudio-zeroconf { package { "pulseaudio-module-zeroconf": ensure => installed } file_line { "...
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Transmission Cli Limit speed using terminal

I want to limit the download speed for some temporary time and then make it unlimited again. Scenario, I dont want the Transmission to take all bandwidth while surfing for 5 minutes. I wish to use ...
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Gnome3 session logout

With gnome 2 there was the possibility to logout from a session by executing gnome-session-save --force-logout Unfortunately this gnome-session-save doesn't exist in Gnome3. Is there a different ...
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Configuration to point an X tty to a separate system?

Specifically, I have an Ubuntu 10.04 system with a headless Ubuntu 12.04 virtual machine, and I'm looking for a way to have it set up so pressing ctrl+alt+F8 will take me into another X client which ...
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Why isn't Sublime Text 2 affected by system wide font rendering settings?

I've always thought my font looked too fat and blurry in Sublime Text 2, almost as if it's constantly bold, so I decided to open Gedit and Sublime Text side by side and compare. Indeed, all fonts look ...
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Can I make a Mac hard drive recognizable on Ubuntu 11.10?

I want a Mac hard drive accessible from Ubuntu. Is there any way to do that? For example using MacDrive I can read Mac hard drives on Windows. Is there a similar thing for Ubuntu?
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Cannot install Nvidia driver X server

I downloaded NVIDIA-Linux-x86-295.59.run from the official Nvidia website, I used in the terminal sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-295.59.run the installation started and everything, but I got this ERROR: ...
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delete multiple files on linux with spaces in file names

I have a directory on my Linux box with over 10000 files that I have to delete. Running... sudo rm -rf /var/tmp/* Gives the error message... sudo: unable to execute /bin/rm: Argument list too ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 partioning an external drive without lossing data

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 with an external 1.5T disk (just for data). It is /dev/sdc1 seen below: $ df -T Filesystem Type 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 ...
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ssh - user xyz does not exist

when connection via ssh to a server I get the following message: -ssh-bash: User #1003 does not exit in /etc/passwd. It used to work and newly I made an update to the ssl libraries on my ubuntu. ...
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Difference between squid and apt-cache server?

Does any one know what the difference between Squid and apt-cache server in Ubuntu? Cause I'm just familiar with apt-cache server.
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High CPU usage by virtualbox running windows 2003 in Linux host

I'm running a windows 2003 guest in Linux xiamx-pc 3.2.0-24-generic #39-Ubuntu SMP Mon May 21 16:52:17 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux I notice that virtualbox process constantly takes around ...
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Setup Ubuntu with differing locale and language settings

Why is it during a setup of Ubuntu / Debian, it is not possible to select a locale that is not strictly related to the selected language? Are there any drawbacks to using a locale setting different ...
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How do I reinitialise a failed RAID 5 drive using terminal on Ubuntu Server

I've currently put together a new system and part of that has been creating a software RAID 5 using 'mdadm' in Ubuntu Server. I successfully got to the point where I create the array using: sudo ...
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Adding dual monitor settings to xorg.conf.d

I have Ubuntu Studio 12.04 Precise Pangolin with XFCE as its default desktop. My old HIS ATI Radeon 9250 graphics card was adding red crud across the screen with the generic driver, but downloading ...
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Ubuntu wireless is “connecting forever”

a few days ago I started having this problem where I would try to connect to ANY WiFi (even if it connected in the past) but it would stay connecting forever, and after a minute or so it would ask me ...
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Disk driver when installing Ubuntu LTS 12.04 in VMWare

I am attempting to install Ubuntu LTS 12.04 on a VMWare instance however am prompted with the following screen. I haven't been able to locate which driver Ubuntu should be using. I have tried ...
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Creating VM in VirtualBox from existing Ubuntu installation

I already have Ubuntu set up as a dual boot with Windows 7 x64. Is there a way to install VirtualBox and create a virtual machine that points to the installed Ubuntu, so I don't have to reinstall ...
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Why isn't it possible to access the root account directly in Fedora?

Why isn't it possible to access the root account directly in Fedora? In CentOS and Ubuntu we can access it, but why not in Fedora? What is the security reason for this?
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Wireshark RPC packet capture with localhost

I want to capture RPC-XML packets on locahost using wireshark. As RPC-XML is at the top of tcp/udp, I enabled all protocols still I am not able to capture the traffic. Is there other way to do so? I ...
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Lost files saved in Windows partition while working in Ubuntu

I have dual booted my system with Ubuntu and Windows 8. When I was working in Ubuntu, I saved some files onto the Windows data partition. Well it normally exists. But I booted into windows and then ...
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Delete unexisting OS

I had a problem with ubuntu a few days ago so I decided to uninstall it. Ubuntu was installed "inside windows" so I just uninstalled it as you uninstall any normal program. This normally works for me, ...
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Create new home directory for a user in Ubuntu

A quick question on user management in Ubuntu 10.04. I encounter the following practice in some deployment script for web server: mkdir /home/www-data cd /home/www-data wget http://somesite.com/...
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No sound in precise after kernel upgrade

In Ubuntu 12.04, after performing an upgrade that included a kernel update, I no longer have any sound. The sound worked fine before the upgrade. Oddly enough, if I plug in headphones I do get sound ...
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Two DHCP interfaces asigned to two default gateways to OS

I have a Ubuntu box that has two networking interfaces (eth0 and wlan0). They are both configured for DHCP in /etc/network/interfaces, but they both assign a default gateway: /etc/network/interfaces ...
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Installing Debian applications on Linux Mint

I'm trying to install an application (Google Chat) and it gives me the option for Debian/Ubuntu with a .deb extension. So since I have Mint, I generally just do everything as if were Ubuntu. So I ...
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Creating a full ISO image of Ubuntu from console

I would like to know if it is possible to create a full ISO image of an existing Ubuntu system from the console, and how to do that.
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Lightweight ad-blocker for firefox [closed]

On a old machine (512 MB RAM) I am currently running ubuntu jaunty and firefox 3.0.15. I tried the ad blocker addon add block plus but it eats lots of RAM (>300 MB). Is high memory load of this add-...
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Testing dhcp server locally on one physical machine with virtual machine

I'm writing simple program to configure and monitor DHCP server on my Ubuntu 12.04. What I'm trying to achieve that my physical machine will be DHCP server and my VM (virtual machine) get one lease (...
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How do you add a certificate authority (CA) to Ubuntu?

My work has decided to issue their own certificate authority (CA) to handle different aspects of our work securely without paying for certificates. Cryptographically sign emails Encrypt email ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't use my nVidia GT540M

I got a problem with my laptop with Ubuntu 12.04. It has an nVidia GT540M video card which uses Optimus, which I want to use under Ubuntu. So far I tried: Installing the official nVidia drivers. ...
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Install ubuntu next to windows

I would like to dual boot my Windows 7 with Ubuntu Linux 12.04. I created a bootable usb with Ubuntu installed and it works fine. But now, I would like to install Windows and I have a little problem: ...
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Remember current working directory when opening new tab in linux terminal Tilda

I think my question is pretty clear when I try to open a new tab in my terminal(tilda) it doesn't remember the last working directory. For example: Current Tab: ranveer@ranveer:/etc$ After ...
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How to split a PDF onto multiple pages on command line?

How can I split (tile?) one huge PDF onto multiple pages? The result can be one PDF with multiple A4 pages or several A4 PDFs. Although I generated the PDF with dot I would like to have this problem ...
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Discrepancy in number of upgradable packages between apt-get and Update manager

I ran the command apt-get update && apt-get -s upgrade | grep 'upgraded' and was displayed the output below. The following packages will be upgraded: 31 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to ...
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Linux: Install Skype 4.0 but keep 2.2?

Skype 4.0 for Linux has been released. I would like to test the new version but keep the old 2.2 around just in case. I cannot find the 2.2 installation .deb, even though I thought that I did save one ...
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Firefox doesn't recognize my “ALT” keys anymore

Ubuntu 12.04, Firefox 13.0, xfce For some reason, my Firefox installation has stopped paying attention to ALT keystroke combinations. That is, when I try an ALT-something key combination, I get the "...