Reputation
2,803
Top tag
Next privilege 3,000 Rep.
Cast close & reopen votes
Badges
9 21
Newest
 Enlightened
Impact
~122k people reached

  • 0 posts edited
  • 4 helpful flags
  • 155 votes cast
Jan
28
comment Alternative to diff with progress for massive directory compare?
Please do not crosspost.
Oct
21
comment Is it possible to delete an MP3 file currently played in mplayer?
@terdon The OS will surely cache parts of the file in RAM. But mplayer will not load the file in RAM, otherwise it would consume huge amounts of memory when watching videos and the video size has to be smaller than the RAM size.
Oct
10
comment An esay way to empty a config file in Linux?
@mpy Thanks, I added that to my answer.
Oct
9
comment How to block access to web camera for any programs including all Java applets?
Unload the webcam driver/kernel module.
Sep
25
comment How can I use a torrent to copy large files across a flakey network connection
@Zerobinary99 Assuming you mean 1MBit/s, that's 122KiB/s and way less than the 500KiB/s I mentioned. I'd be surprised if someone can confirm that a file transfer over skype goes up to several MiB/s, let alone 50MiB/s.
Sep
24
comment Is there a Linux command to file out if a file is UTF-8?
You cannot tell the encoding of a file. You can only make a smart guess. You might mostly guess right, but sometimes guesses fail. file is an example of a program doing smart guesses.
Sep
11
comment How can I use a torrent to copy large files across a flakey network connection
@Zerobinary99 Skype is the worst of all possibilities. It is an unstable piece of software and it is very very very slow. It is not even remotely capable of maxing out a decent network connection. Bittorrents (Sync or traditional .torrents) easily go up to 40-60 MiB/s, rsync runs at the same speed here, but skype transfers consistenly stay below 0.5 MiB/s. Furthermore it requires a GUI and is totally unsuitable for data transfers.
Sep
11
comment How can I use a torrent to copy large files across a flakey network connection
I recommend BitTorrent Sync. It's portable and very easy to use. And it doesn't require the creation of .torrent files. I successfully used it to copy >100GiB over flaky wireless connections. Another option is rsync, which is very robust and fast.
Aug
4
comment X11Forwarding using SSH and Netcat
The packets are passed through each intermediate node.
Jul
27
comment Is uefi required to boot from a GPT sdd?
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Thanks for the suppport @Rod and many thanks for the great tools you wrote. I use them regularly, mostly sgdisk (to create GTP labels for my BIOS systems, or was it UEFI … ;)
Jul
27
comment Is uefi required to boot from a GPT sdd?
@cbabb GPT partition tables work on UEFI systems, UEFI system in BIOS emulation mode and older BIOS systems without UEFI. Did you try it? If it didn't work, it might be a buggy BIOS (which is actually not uncommon).
Jul
27
comment Is uefi required to boot from a GPT sdd?
@Ramhound I set up several systems with GPT partition scheme, using UEFI and BIOS and it mostly works fine, given a not too ancient system. The last one was a Lenovo Thinkpad L412.
Jul
26
comment Is uefi required to boot from a GPT sdd?
@Ramhound It's not true that BIOS only supports MBR. Many of the newer BIOS can boot from GPT.
Jul
26
comment Is uefi required to boot from a GPT sdd?
Do you have an EFI system partition, MBR ID 0xEF? It doesn't seem you have one. UEFI requires an ESP to boot.
Jul
18
comment Ubuntu insists on installing git 1.7
Use a different repository if you want a newer git version: How can I update to a newer version of Git
Jul
17
comment What is a quick way to find the number of lines in a piece of copied text?
Using a web application for something as simple as counting lines is completely overkill.
Jul
17
comment What is a quick way to find the number of lines in a piece of copied text?
You don't need cat: wc -l <file>
Jul
14
comment How can I get the uncompressed size of gzip file without actually decompressing it?
This decompresses the source file. Maybe it's what the OP wants, but this is not the answer to the question.
Jun
4
comment How to open files with forward dash in linux
@IgnacioVazquez-Abrams They can, because file names are just byte streams and not aware of the encoding. The restriction is imposed in the Unix kernel function namei. It treats a few values special, one of them is ASCII 0x2f (/). One could use an encoding (encodings are only relevant for user level programs, not kernel functions) which translates / to another value than 0x2f.
May
28
comment How to evaluate if a SSD can be a good option as a backup drive?
@BrendanAbel If speed is an issue, I would rather use filesystem snapshots than an SSD. Taking a snapshot is instant even on slow spinning drives.