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Questions tagged [linux]

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Incremental copy from linux to windows share

Using a cronjob I'm daily backing up a linux system (ubuntu) onto a windows network share so it gets picked up by our organisation's backup system. Currently I'm copying using cp -au. Although this ...
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Alternative Intel drivers for X

I'm having trouble getting X to run with the defaults on my chakra linux live-cd. It is an Arch based distro. I have a thinkpad x40 with Intel 855GME and I get "no valid modes" error from X. I figure ...
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Can GNU Grep output a selected group?

Is it possible to use GNU grep to get a matched group from an expression? Example: echo "foo 'bar'" | grep -oE "'([^']+)'" Which would output "'bar'". But I would like to get just "bar", without ...
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What is causing all these “declare -x …” lines when I open a terminal?

When I open a terminal on my Fedora machine (or ssh into it), I get a bunch of lines like this before the prompt: declare -x CVS_RSH="ssh" declare -x DISPLAY="localhost:10.0" declare -x ...
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How do I find out what version of Linux I'm running?

Is there a way to determine what version (distribution & kernel version, I suppose) of Linux is running (from the command-line), that works on any Linux system?
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Linux, checking how much space is used in each partition

In windows, the "My Computer" view shows how much disk space each partition/volume has. How do I get this information in linux? (linux mint)
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jEdit slow on Linux

Jedit is a great text editor, and I love that it is truly cross-platform. I usually use it on windows and just recently spent a long while working on some stuff on my linux box and noticed a large ...
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How to run multiple X desktops?

How can I run two instance of, e.g. GNOME, on my computer at once? I know how to change the virtual terminal, but I can't work out how to start a second instance of gnome - it just exits telling me ...
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Mutt configuration

Currently I am using Thunderbird as a mail client, but I am not impressed with that..so planned to switch over mutt client. I have gone through mutt website http://www.mutt.org/doc but unable to ...
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Can I synchronise files and folders from a Linux server to my Vista laptop for offline use?

For a few versions now Windows has had the ability to synchronise files and folders for offline use. In the past I've always been using Windows servers however in my new place all our file and print ...
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Running Linux inside Windows XP, ie no dual booting

What are the best options that allow running a Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu inside Windows XP, i.e. within a window? By "best" I mean quick startup time, low memory requirement, good graphical ...
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How to make cut/copy/paste in GVim on Ubuntu work with Ctrl+X,Ctrl+C,Ctrl+V?

By default, the cut/copy/paste short-cuts in GVim on Ubuntu are: Cut "+x Copy "+y Paste "+gP I would like to use control key combos in GVim, like I use in Firefox and othe gnome ...
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Are there any Linux MPD (music player daemon) player alternatives for a network music server / player [closed]

Are there any reasonable alternatives to MPD (music player daemon) as a remotely controlled music player? It should be controllable over the network and not require X server to run.
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How do you track which packages were installed on Fedora (Linux)?

(This question is very similar to 6338. It was suggested that it be split from it as Fedora and Ubuntu/Debian are different enough to warrant different answers.) As I use any Fedora setup I ...
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How do you get compiz working with the ATI fglrx 9.6 driver?

I have Ubuntu 8.10, and I'm trying to get compiz to start. It complains that Xgl, texture_from_pixmap and "Composite extension" are all not present. It works fine when I only have one monitor enabled....
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CentOS and /dev/midi support

I recently asked earlier about connecting a MIDI controller to CentOS. I've got the same problem, except now I'm backtracing to find a different way at it. I'm talking about the elusive /dev/midi file ...
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Is it safer to use a chroot jails, a jail shell or a combination?

A friend of mine has a xandros-based Acer netbook, and has been looking to get some remote administration and help from me while she is travelling around the world. I've set up an account on her ...
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What's the quickest distro to get up and running with? [closed]

For my work laptop, I think I'm going to make the switch to linux from Windows XP. There are a couple of things I need: Good multi-monitor support. I'm constantly changing setups (ie laptop monitor ...
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How to mount a NTFS USB harddrive to Mac OS X that was unsave removed from Windows?

I have a hard drive that gets plugged into several machines. One MacBook Pro running Mac OS X, some Ubuntu and Fedora Installations and sometimes Windows XP or Vista. Therefore, I formatted it NTFS to ...
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ctrl+h as Backspace in linux GUI apps

After doing some work in linux terminals, I got used to the Ctrl + h shortcut acting like the Backspace key. Now I want to use this shortcut everywhere (not just in terminal). This is easily done in ...
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Partitioning for Windows 7 and Fedora 11 dual boot

I am new to Linux and would like to install Fedora 11 on a notebook with Windows 7 already installed. Currently the HDD has 2 primary partitions (System Reserved and C:), some free space and an ...
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Linux utility for finding the largest files/directories [closed]

I'm looking for a program to show me which files/directories occupy the most space, something like: 74% music \- 60% music1 \- 14% music2 12% code 13% other I know that it's possible in KDE3, but ...
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iTunes alternative for Linux?

I recently got an iPhone and would like to know how i could use it to sync with an iTunes like software on Linux. Any suggestions?
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Is there anything other than MythTV that lets me time stretch video? [closed]

With MythTV there is a setting so you can watch a recording up 1.5 times the normal rate. It also adjusts the audio so everyone doesn't sound like Mickey Mouse (lowers the playback pitch). Is there ...
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Disabling networkmanager for a specific interface

I'd like to do some experimentation with hostap without disabling my primary wireless interface. How do I tell networkmanager to keep its hands off a specific interface or interfaces while allowing it ...
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How do I setup Ubuntu/Linux's Network manager to selectively route network traffic through the VPN?

I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 and I just noticed that ALL of my network traffic is being routed through my VPN. I would like the VPN to route only the traffic hitting servers on the VPN and then connect ...
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Should I use VFAT or ext3 for a 1Tb external usb hard drive?

I have a 1 Tb USB external hard drive which I want to use to backup data from my home and office desktops (both running Linux). Should I format the drive (possibly split into a few partitions) as vfat ...
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Netbook keeps losing time

I own a Lenovo S10 and it runs Arch Linux as the only OS. For some odd reason which I still haven't been able to figure out, it keeps losing the time. In the BIOS is has the right settings though. ...
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How can I fix my C++ compiler as it isn't loaded by default?

Recently I had installed the Ubuntu flavour of the Linux operating system. I had opened a terminal and just wrote a sample C program to check if it is compiling. When I saved the sample file and ...
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Practical uses for PS3 linux? [closed]

I've got a PS3 sitting around that i don't use much because I a. don't have time for games b. don't have time for movies (bluray, dvd, and otherwise) So I'm considering loading some flavor of linux ...
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Cleaning windows viruses from linux

In a dual-boot system, does anyone have experience dealing with viruses that hit windows from linux? (disambiguation note: dealing with them from linux .. ) The C:\ in windows is mounted to /media/...
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Streaming USB from a camera in Linux

Is it possible to capture a USB audio/video stream from a Sony Handycam DCR HC30E/S on Linux? All solutions I've seen so far advertise FireWire, e.g. this Ubuntu forums thread.
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Hardware RAID 10 for dual-boot system

I'm considering setting up a dual boot configuration with a RAID 10 setup , provided by the motherboard - Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4. Will there be any issues with set up considering that I plan on dual-...
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How to remove a symbolic link to a directory?

I made a symbolic link with the following commmand: ln -s ../test5 I want to remove it now but my rm fails: $ rm -Rf test5/ rm: cannot remove `test5/': Not a directory $ rm test5/ rm: cannot remove ...
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How do I install firefox 3.5 in Ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Firefox 3.5.2 on Ubuntu Jaunty I want to install firefox 3.5 in ubuntu. Please help me.
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Save me from gibberish terminal

While logged in to a remote ssh session, sometimes I do cat to the wrong file (a binary or a diretory) and the display converts to gibberish. The only way out is to close the terminal and open a new ...
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Is there a way to watch Netflix on Linux?

I'm trying to get Netflix to work on a Ubuntu box; Moonlight looked like it could run Netflix, but the version i tried(1.0.1) didn't work. Has anyone gotten this to work?
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Why can't I get on NFL.com on Windows 7? [closed]

Every time I try to get on NFL.com using Windows 7 and a variety of browsers, it times out. I've tried these browsers: Safari (even changing the user agent does nothing) Google Chrome IE 8 (and IE ...
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Bad font anti-aliasing in Ubuntu

I'm switching from Fedora 8 to Ubuntu 9.04, and I can't seem to get it to get a good font anti-aliasing to work. It seems that Ubuntu's fontconfig tries to keep characters in integral pixel widths. ...
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Is There Stable Video Conversation (Through Webcams) Support Available on Linux?

Is there stable video conversation support (via webcam) on Linux? If so, using what protocols and what applications? Is it possible to a Windows user from Linux, if so what programs or protocols ...
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Transparent, unicode X terminal not tied to a Desktop Environment?

I've been looking for this for a while now and I just haven't been able to find one. The last few that I used were: aterm - this one was fast and had good transparency support, but it doesn't ...
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OS X keeps “losing” my Linux Samba shares

I have a Linux server (Ubuntu 8.10) and a Macbook (10.5.7). The Linux server has some Samba shares which I mount on the Macbook. They are set to mount on boot using the "Open Applications at Startup" ...
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How do I make Firefox remember its window size?

I usually use Firefox fully maximized, but occasionally I want to use it at a size which covers approximately half the screen. Unfortunately, when I Unmaximize the window, it shrinks to the size that ...
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Linux boot process

This is a question I recently asked in a comment at Slashdot. I didn't really get much of a response, so I decided I'd bring it to a place where I should have gone originally with it. I'd like to put ...
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Detect a specific USB thumb drive. Which options do I have?

I have a specific USB thumb drive for backups. I'd like to know which options I have to detect when this thumb drive is inserted and execute a BASH-script. And I'm interested in which way you ...
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Password manager solution: Symbian based phone and a Linux machine (Windows is not important, but would be nice) [closed]

I currently use KeePassX to manage my passwords on my Linux (Xubuntu) machine. It's nice to have all the passwords encrypted, but sometimes I'd like to be able to tell a password when I'm on the run. ...
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Installing Cisco VPN Client on Ubuntu [closed]

I've been googling for this for a while now, both for the client itself and a guide how to install the client, with little success. How can I install the Cisco VPN client on Linux, and where can I ...
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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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Are there any virtualization systems that have good support for dual monitors?

Are there any good virtualization programs that work well with dual monitors? I'm using VirtualBox, and there doesn't seem to be any way to get it to use both of my monitors. If it matters, I'm ...
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Linking to a network file using Nautilus

We have a small intranet with a few Samba shares.. I can browse them easily with Nautilus (on Ubuntu Jaunty), but whenever I try to make a link to a shared file (to the desktop for example) the ...