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May
12
comment Pull root image from remote linux
you can use dropbear for ssh or even busybox's nc the same way
Dec
27
comment How to get source code of currently installed Linux or do I even need it?
You are asking the wrong question. You should create a metapackage that will install the prerequisites + your modifications and skip all the problems above while offering your "really cool mods" and not further fracturing the community.
Dec
27
comment Google drive web page halts when loading
You have your notification areas turned off so its hard to tell. Typically this is when you will see "waiting for ..." where ... is some resource that gets miscached in your router or ISP. A typical offender is pagead2.google.com, google-analytics.com or platform.twitter.com or some CDN hosted javascript resource. I hacked together something for myself here: murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=82639
Aug
14
comment rm -rf return codes
@Nirk, my assumption was that it was simply for debugging, not app inclusion to use the output, if that is the case I could only recommend patching the source (as per my comment in Matt Joyce's answer) since the exit codes provide nothing useful with -f ticked
Aug
14
comment rm -rf return codes
the failure messages you are looking for are in the actual remove file code ...for busybox you could patch git.busybox.net/busybox/tree/libbb/remove_file.c ... for each if (!(flags & FILEUTILS_FORCE)) { add an else{printf("same error message as perror");} I am sure other implementations would be similar, but if not the busybox version could be built on its own and included.
Aug
14
comment rm -rf return codes
@Nirk - that seems utterly useless, logical behavior would be to change "Error" to "Warning" if both -f and -v are passed, but the busybox implementation is the same (easy to patch though)
Aug
14
comment rm -rf return codes
try rm -rfv ... Its called verbose for a reason.
Feb
21
comment Ubuntu environment setting for GUI session (or making the same with terminal)
/etc/profile too
Feb
21
comment Do laptops with the same specs but different sizes have the same performance?
if the resolution is the same, size won't matter
Nov
29
comment How can I fix a computer that is infested with malware and is extremely unresponsive?
I didnt keep a database but yes, it was based on real world usage by a variety of users. It ranged from no noticeable change to over 50% for users that tried out a lot of garbage software. The 10-20% was an estimate of ~1 standard deviation, but feel free to commission a study if you need precise results.
Nov
29
comment How can I fix a computer that is infested with malware and is extremely unresponsive?
a remaster of Puppy linux + fprot and/or clamav is a nice tool to keep on your usb stick. The various antivirus solutions all tend to miss a subset others might find and vice versa and it will tend to fluctuate over time, so running 2 different checks is a good idea... (not actual values - just example) 90% detection + 90% detection ~= 99% detection ... and the law of diminishing returns-> 99% detection + 99% detection from ultra-uber-commercial-AV ~= 99.99%
Nov
29
comment How can I fix a computer that is infested with malware and is extremely unresponsive?
reinstalling windows is practically an annual maintenance item, just normally registry buildup seems to reduce the speed by ~10-20% per year. Just don't do like me and forget your linux live cd in the tray or they will ask "Its way better now, but where the heck is solitaire?"
Aug
5
comment Assigning USB hub to specific seat in multiseat configuration
Hmmm, perhaps add a udev rule or intercept /proc/sys/hotplug with a wrapper to udev or an alternative hotplug system like mdev, diethotplug,hotplug2... A shell script is sufficient
Aug
5
comment Can I create a macro that will offer a drop down menu for subjects in Outlook 2010?
The html form tag... but then you wouldn't really need Outlook at all.
Jul
25
comment Linux boot process
FYI The file structure was based on Rob Landley's aboriginal linux (which is more command line oriented minimalism) but adapted to Puppy's static /dev and some self-adapted multicall binaries and init. Similar distros (usually "floppy") don't exactly explain the process and are missing the key elements.
Jul
23
comment Failure to boot / install Linux
The distros that work appear to be 486/586, so your pc is probably missing the cmov instruction (or other 686 instructions) ... Try puppy, its 486 compatible and the wary version targets older computers.
Jul
20
comment Custom Tiny Linux LiveCD
Put a custom static build of busybox in an initrd.gz and add a boot entry.
Jul
17
comment Are there tools to help reduce Excel spreadsheet file sizes?
Depending on the complexity, you can export to tab or comma separated value type and look at it in a text editor. Otherwise you can try Gnumeric, open/libre/k-office etc... I prefer mtcelledit for simple tasks.
Jul
4
comment Set environment variable for unity application launcher
perhaps use some of the standard locations standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-latest.html
Jun
12
comment Launched application does not stay on the same desktop
It depends on your window manager, you can set up groups to launch certain apps on certain pre-defined desktops. Another way is to use xnest or xephyr to run a second nested X server on 1+ of your desktops Then launch it with DISPLAY=:1 command args ... and use the -display arg if the command has one, but usually it is enough to export DISPLAY. Also if you have multiple monitors (Xinerama displays) you can use :0.0 or :0.1. Can you give a bit more detaill?