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Is there a way to have Linux run a command every X minutes?

I'm using RSync with my buddy just for testing and general geekery, we want to somehow schedule the sync task to run every X time. Using the terminal, we run the command and it works. What can we ...
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The Ubuntu 64-bit version is only for AMD processors?

Downloading Ubuntu 9.04, 64-bit version at http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download using the MIT Media Lab location will lead to downloading a file ...
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Install Ubuntu on MacBook Pro

What is the preferred way to install Ubuntu on a MacBook Pro? I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.5. I need a Linux environment some times. So what is the best way to achieve that? Make ...
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Search Terminal Output

Using a default terminal and bash, there is no functionality to search the standard output of commands. One can gain such functionality using other tools, like emacs shell or screen, but I am ...
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Help: Just installed Ubuntu and now can't boot into Windows 7!

I just installed ubuntu, during installation I chose the side by side option so I will have windows and ubuntu installed on the same computer. But now every time I turn on the computer it boots into ...
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Full Ubuntu Install on USB

I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 in a 16GB Verbatim USB flash drive so I can boot my computer from the usb and have a full ubuntu running (I also need an encrypted home folder). I just want to run ...
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Change computer name of an Ubuntu desktop computer

How can I change the computer name on an Ubuntu desktop computer? I already tried changing the /etc/hostname file but that only caused the wireless to stop working. I found an old guide that ...
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Sending mail from the command line, in an automated way

I want to be able to send a text file through an SMTP server of my ISP (port 25) to an email address on the internet, like my Office email address, or my GMail address. I have a basic Ubuntu 9.04 ...
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Is it possible for virus in windows to infect ubuntu?

I have a triple boot, windows 7 , 8 and ubuntu. Is it possible that any spyware or virus in windows will also harm ubuntu or spy during ubuntu session ?
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Microphone stopped being detected

I have no idea how or why it happened. The video portion of the webcam works but not the microphone which used to work before. Microphone works on Windows by the way, just stopped working on Ubuntu ...
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When I ssh into a ubuntu machine, what kind of shell am I using

I keep reading about interactive, non-interactive, login, and non-login shells. (This is in the context of which of the .bash* files is read). I don't understand what each type of shell is, so let's ...
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Why is it a lot faster to call rm on a directory than deleting a folder from the GUI (Linux) over SSH

Out of curiosity, why is it a lot faster to delete a folder / folders in Linux (I'm using Ubuntu) over SSH by calling rm -rf somefolder than deleting the folder from the GUI (right-click then "Move to ...
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Small font all 'new' messages suddenly in Gmail on Ubuntu in Opera, why?

This seemed to happen out of the blue. I have been using Opera for years. I can't find anywhere in Gmail to change the default font that is used in Opera. Ubuntu is Version 11 Opera is version 11.6 ...
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How does copying files work with regards to RAM, and can I speed this up?

I have always wondered why my computer would copy files to an external drive at first at high speed, and then 'hang' for a while before continuing. When I upgrade RAM from 1GB to 2GB I noticed this ...
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PHP 5.2 and PHP 5.3 on mod_php (apache) on Ubuntu 11.04

I have to develop both on php 5.2 and on php 5.3. I need those two versions installed on my system and ability to switch fast between them. One solution I found is to upgrade/downgrade everytime I ...
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USB keyboard does not work for Ubuntu boot menu

I wanted to perform a memory test on one of my desktop machines, but encountered a very strange problem: I can use the (usual) USB keyboard (tried Cherry Evolution Stream as well as an older one from ...
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Why have my network interfaces been renamed after installing Ubuntu, and how do I rename them back?

I have a low power server, with 4 ethernet sockets. It was running Fedora 11, with 3 of the network sockets named eth0, eth1 and eth2 (the final network socket was not in use --- it was eth3 but ...
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sudo permission denied

I ran this code: sudo cat <<EOF | sudo sed -e "s,%,$,g" >/etc/init.d/dropbox echo "Hello World" EOF But even though, I get "permission denied", cause you have to be root to make changes ...
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How to change resolution in ubuntu to unsupported resolution

I am trying to change resolution in ubuntu 10.04 ( as I am used to do in earlier versions) but It didn't works for me! I want to change the resolution to be 1024x768 (that doesn't appear by default ...
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What is the proper step-by-step procedure to install any application in Ubuntu?

I have just installed Ubuntu for the first time on PC, I have done some googling to get an idea about installing any application in Ubuntu but yet not clear about the proper procedure !! Most of the ...
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Fireshot for Firefox on Ubuntu (Linux)

I used Firefox for windows with the great Firefox extension called Fireshot, I then switched from Windows to Ubuntu and somehow Fireshot isn't available for Firefox for Linux. Are there any ...
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How to install BIOS on samsung laptop [closed]

My laptop BIOS is broken, when I hitting F2 key it enter GRUB... Maybe it replaced by Grub2. So I can't set boot order from USB boot. Now I can't get into Fedora 17 ( cos I converting sda disk ...
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How to access a windows server from ubuntu

Currently I can get into this windows server by typing in \\SERVERNAME. How can I do this on my linux machine? By the way i cant see the server on my windows machine I can only get there by typing ...
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Can 64-bit software run on 32-bit OS?

I have a 64-bit machine that has Windows 7 32-bit and Ubuntu 32-bit installed as a dual boot setup. Can I run 64-bit software on top of these 32-bit OSes, or are they a "bottleneck" limiting the true ...
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Turning unallocated space into an NTFS partition

I want to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. Here's my GParted configuration: I want to set all the unallocated space to use the NTFS system so I can store my media files. dev/sda1 is MBR dev/sda2 is ...
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Firefox on Ubuntu can't connect to local virtualhost when network is unplugged

I'm using Firefox (3.6.17) on my Ubuntu Lucid (rel. 10.04) and noticed that if the network cable is plugged everything is fine and I'm able to browse my local virtualhost configured in Apache2. But ...
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Kubuntu bootloader overwritten by windows bootloader. Cant choose to run Kubuntu anymore!

My laptop had Kubuntu installed earlier but then I made a new installation of windows 7 ultimate. Now I cannot choose to run Kubuntu anymore as its bootloader was overwritten. How can I configure my ...
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Synchronise system changes on two computers?

I have two computers with Ubuntu 10.10 on them, a desktop and a laptop. I have two options for handling them: try and keep them the same accept that they have different 'personalities' and branch ...
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my ubuntu laptop is not detecting my headphone [closed]

I have installed ubuntu 9.10 and if i play songs it is getting played in both laptop and headphone...how can i try to play it only on headphone ....
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SSH authentification with public key fails

I have my id_rsa.pub key under my /home/user/.ssh. I carefully copied that key and paste my key to respository Git account. While trying to connect from my local system to my git respository, I got ...
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Disable/configure Back & Forward (History Scroll) through Shift + Mouse Wheel in Internet Explorer

I have a problem with Internet Explorer. Sometimes (not always) when you use the mouse wheel to scroll a page up/down it instead chooses to go back or forth in the web browsing history. This behavior ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 has broken google desktop ctrl ctrl search bar feature

Before I upgraded to ubuntu 10.04, when I pressed Ctrl twice, a search bar popped up that allowed me to google desktop search my system. This no longer works and I miss that feature. Can I get it ...
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Cannot run 'display' after ImageMagick install on Ubuntu

I'm trying to install ImageMagick to my Ubuntu box. I've run the following command: sudo aptitude install imagemagick Now whenever I try to run 'display' from the command line, I get an error ...
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Anyone experiencing audio issues with VirtualBox on Linux and has a solution?

I've been using Virtualbox (now at 3.0.2) on Kubuntu (now at 9.04) for a while now, and I seem to have a problem when running Windows. Sometime after a while the audio will cut out in Kubuntu. The ...
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Windows DNS sometimes can't pick up my VM's hostname

RE: unresolved hostname / host not found / host unknown The VM is VirtualBox running Ubuntu under Win8, using the bridged networks. It almost always able to register itself to my company's Windows ...
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Directory /ETC has been moved! — Ubuntu 13.04

I made a bad move by moving my /etc directory to Dropbox in hopes to sync two computer enviroments. After moving the /etc directory any sudo commands responded with "Who is this UID 1000?". Basically ...
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Windows & Ubuntu dual boot.No menu to choose OS?

I just installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 7. Now I cant boot Windows 7 because it automaticaly boots Ubuntu without displaying boot menu. How can I get menu with options to choose which Os to boot? ...
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Where should I install binaries that don't come as .deb?

I'm going to run EC2 instance for dev purposes on AWS. Most likely Ubuntu (once had it on my laptop). I am Java developer, so I need JDK, Tomcat, Maven, Git and MongoDB on the server. But software in ...
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How to reuse VirtualBox disk “snapshots”

I have a "suite" of 5 VMs I'd like to make, all Ubuntu Server 12.04 guest OSes but with radically different software stacks on top of the OS (one server is a "build server" with Subversion, Hudson, ...
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Lenovo T400 fan running constantly in Kubuntu 12.04

I recently installed Kubuntu 12.04 on a partition of my hard drive and the CPU fan seems to be constantly running. I thought it might be because it was running hot but the temp is floating around 110 ...
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Windows Will not Start, hangs at “Starting Windows”

I have Ubuntu as the only OS on my netbook, and as a dual-boot on my laptop. I started a Ubuntu 11.10 CD to burn on Windows and left the house. On my return, I took out the CD, shut down, and went to ...
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Recover deleted files after reinstalling WUBI

I have reinstalled Ubuntu on my machine using WUBI installer. So the all data from the previous installation is gone. Is it still possible to recover files from the previous Ubuntu installation?
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Disable autobrightness on Ideapad U460s (ubuntu)

I bought a laptop & installed Ubuntu on it. I thought I would be OK with that autobrightness feature, but this thing makes my screen light dance most of the time. There's no physical/BIOS switch ...
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When does mac/ubuntu use .bash_profile and/or .bashrc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between .bashrc and .bash_profile Are they both the same type of file in terms of setting the bash terminal settings, and if no .bash_profile exists then it ...
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How can I install Windows alongside Ubuntu?

I recently installed Ubuntu and love everything about it except for one thing: I can't use Adobe Illustrator. When I installed Ubuntu, I reformatted the hard drive. Now I want to partition the hard ...
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Ubuntu Maverick wont work with my external speakers

My laptop is running Ubuntu Maverick and sounds works great, but when I connect headphones or external speakers, nothing changes. Sounds keeps coming out just from the laptop speakers. I?ve tried all ...
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Ways of file copy

I sometimes found that when using simple right-click and copy-and-paste, some files/directories are not copied completely or not at all, because of various reasons, such as some saved webpage ...
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Claim space for a partition from another partition nearby?

Suppose there are two partitions side by side. Is it possible to claim space for the right partition from the left partition? Is it possible to claim space for the left partition from the right ...
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I tried installing Ubuntu 10.04 and I got this message - any ideas on what to do?

No root file system defined. Please correct this from the partition menu. This message shows up when I first boot into Ubuntu after the installation. I installed it by mounting the ISO with Daemon ...
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Uninstall package

I installed a package via sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras How do I uninstall this package?