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May
26
comment Is there a fix for the “Too many open files in system” error on OS X 10.7.1?
Which version of OS X are you running?
May
7
comment Enable System Beep in Ubuntu
Thanks - this worked in Ubuntu 12.04. Critical in my case was the need to unmute the beep in alsamixer. How do we find out if we have a pc speaker? (And what was the plan on the developer side anyway in terms of disabling beeping by default?)
Dec
28
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Dec
28
comment Why is my system swapping if there is free RAM available?
Changing swappiness as described in other answers is a much better approach, since it can handle out-of-memory problems when you DO manage to use more memory
Oct
1
comment How to find the process(es) which are hogging the machine
Fantastic tool! And on Ubuntu (at least since 12.04) you just have to install the package - it starts the daemon automatically on install and on reboots thereafter :)
May
21
answered How do I filter or search email messages in Mutt by a flag?
May
21
comment Can mutt run external scripts based upon inbox rules?
Note of course the importance and significant challenges of writing such a script securely, since it would essentially be an open internet server.
Sep
28
comment Ubuntu 11.04 server iptables port forwarding
The site lots its domain in 2012. But it is is similar to what is here, and you can still find it via archive.org, or find similar info elsewhere.
Jun
20
comment Clipboard manager for Ubuntu?
One complication is that diodon isn't in the official repositories, at least as of precise 12.04.
May
17
comment Byobu versus gnu screen versus tmux
Good explanation. Amazing that screen is so heavily patched - does it need a new maintainer or something? And byobu is great - thanks.
Jan
26
comment With Linux iptables, is it possible to log the process/command name that initiates an outbound connection?
Thanks for the info, @guettli. There are more specifics at permalink.gmane.org/… which quotes more of the changelog: "[NETFILTER]: Remove tasklist_lock abuse in ipt{,6}owner ; Rip out cmd/sid/pid matching since its unfixable broken and stands in the way of locking changes to tasklist_lock." But I'd still like some more background, or better alternatives.
Jan
26
comment With Linux iptables, is it possible to log the process/command name that initiates an outbound connection?
Thanks for providing an option! But requiring polling and querying every open file descriptor each time is not very robust and is very inefficient. I'm still hoping someone will find a better solution, or clarify why this isn't part of iptables any more, and why --cmd-owner is deemed unfixble.
Sep
9
comment Identifying which tab in Google Chrome is responsible for error messages
I tried this and it didn't provide anything that seems relevant to tracking down the errors I'm seeing. But +1 for that amazingly long list of command-line options!
Sep
9
comment Identifying which tab in Google Chrome is responsible for error messages
It looks like an equals sign needs to be used for arguments: --log-level=0
Aug
15
revised Synchronize Internet Time in a Windows script?
clarify OS - critical info
Aug
15
suggested suggested edit on Synchronize Internet Time in a Windows script?
Aug
2
answered Want random picture screensaver, then sleep
Jul
29
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Jul
28
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Jul
28
comment Identifying which tab in Google Chrome is responsible for error messages
@wizlog So I could see the errors. Actually, I run it like this to get time-stamped errors, where "teetime" is a simple unbuffered perl script to prepend a timestamp: google-chrome 2>&1| teetime >> /tmp/chrome-errs