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How can I “cache” a variable in Bash?

I have a bash script which is run every 10m by cron. The script performs an expensive calculation for some value (say variable x=value). I need to "cache" this value for 2-3 hours. What are possible ...
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Convert .bdf/.pcf font to .psf(u) for using as consolefont?

I am using Arch Linux. Is it possible to convert a BDF or PCF font to a PSF font for use in console/CONSOLEFONT in rc.conf? I haven't found anything that can do it,except bdf2psf which I got the ...
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How can I test whether connection to the given host/port is established in Bash?

Currently I'm using netstat for this: if netstat -an | grep ESTABLISHED | grep $address:$port > /dev/null; then # command fi Is there a more elegant solution?
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how to export zh_CN.utf8 in Arch liveCD environment?

After i typed locale -a it showed only c, en_US.utf8, POSIX, then how to export zh_CN.utf8? Cause I've to use a software, which uses zh_CN, to connect the Internet during installation progress... Any ...
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Is ArchBang just Arch Linux + Openbox?

I'm a Arch + KDE guy. I need to reinstall frequently, and I don't like that when I do pacman -S kde I have to wait like two hours (slow Internet) without using the PC. So I'm looking for an Arch ...
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Dropbox doesn't connect properly on boot

I'm having a problem with Dropbox (version 1.1.35). When I first boot it takes some time before Network Manager connects to the WLAN. Then I see the Dropbox icon in the task list, claiming to be ...
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Can I get full video capabilities in Arch Linux guest on Virtual Box?

I'm trying out arch linux on my win7 host on a VB and I have it installed just fine, the problem is that when I try to use gnome-shell it goes back to fallback mode because it detects that my video ...
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Gnome3 defaults to fallback

I'm new to Arch Linux and I've installed Gnome3. When I start it, it just offered me a fallback mode, that's not bad, I mean I've been using it for several days. But I'd like to try the standard mode ...
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Is there an ARM repository for Arch Linux?

I'm trying to create a chroot for my rooted android phone. I want to do this with the arch_bootstrap.sh script found on the wiki but I can't find an ARM repository. My PC is x86_64 Arch Linux and my ...
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What linux kernel is arch linux using? [closed]

What is the version of the linux kernel that arch linux is using? Is it 3.0 or lower or higher? I couldn't find the info anywhere, I'm hoping someone else knows.
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ld-2.14 segfaulting on KDE launch in ArchLinux

I just installed ArchLinux and then KDE. It was all working fine. After a reboot, KDE simply refuses to starts. Whenever I login using KDM, it shows the KDE splash screen.. and before the second icon ...
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Got a black screen while booting archlinux installation program

While booting the installation program (via USB), the screen goes black, it looks just like the screen has been switched off. The laptop is a Lenovo Ideapad z475 and, as per the "Beginners' Guide", ...
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KDE4 does not finish loading

I've installed and configured xorg on arch (using these instructions) and kdebase. I've added dbus and kdm to daemons. After the login with kdm, but before finishing loading the deskop all stops and i ...
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Install php_http on Arch Linux

First I installed the curl extension for PHP: $ sudo pacman -S php-curl and $ grep curl /etc/php/php.ini extension=curl.so Then I installed the PHP PEAR $ sudo pacman -S php-pear Having now ...
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Postfix cannot find a MySQL shared library

I am trying to install Postfix with MySQL support. When I start or run the postfix daemon, it complains that it "cannot find libmysqlclient.so.18", which is in the directory /usr/local/mysql/lib, ...
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Trouble installing MySQL from binaries

So, I am a freshman in Computer Science, and I have dug an old computer out of my garage to use as a personal hosting server for various services (email, web site, subversion, etc.), partly because I ...
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Is there a way to install Arch Linux without any installation media?

I want to install Arch Linux on my laptop machine. I have created a 20GB partition to (dev/sda5) to be used as Arch Linux root partition. I tried installing using a usb thumbdrive (I don't have a cd ...
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Trying to install Vsphere ESX 4.0 on x86

I am trying to install Vsphere ESX 4.0 on my x86 machine. It is asking for Custom Drivers to install ESX. When installed on VMware workstation it takes the current installed Ethernet interface ...
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Why do I get this error installing virtualbox-4.1 on Arch?

I'm trying to install Virtualbox 4.1 from the .run file since Pacman had the 4.0 version only. But when I try installing the file using sh filelocation/filename.run, it gives me the following error- ...
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laptop running arch abruptly switches off when ripping video files

Whenever I try to transcode a movie or a large video file, my laptop always switches off abruptly some time after the transcoding has begun. I initially thought that this had something to do with my ...
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Installer not booting on Intel Atom 64bit CPU [closed]

I used to have Debian 6, the 64bit version working fine on this system. I'm now trying to install Arch (64bit) and the installer won't boot. Can anybody help me troubleshoot this issue? EDIT: My ...
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Is there a way to adjust the formatting of the date/time in the GNOME 3 login screen and desktop?

I'm specifically looking to change the formatting in two places: On the desktop, the date/time reads "Sat 21:05". I would like it to read "23-Jul-11 21:05" or "23 Jul 11 21:05". In other words, I ...
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Pixelization of KDE screen

I am using Arch Linux on an Acer Aspire 5920G and KDE 4.6.5 as WM. All installed packages are up-to-date. Starting some days ago I got few strange artifacts that spread all over the screen. ...
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Paritioning Scheme: Arch Linux server & laptop

What would be a good partitioning scheme for an Arch Linux installation, on a server and on a laptop? My current basic scheme: / [root] ext4 /home ext4 swap I know ...
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How to script /etc/issue?

I would like to pipe my tty number through figlet (ASCII generator) for the /etc/issue (message shown before login). Obviously this means I can't just update it from /etc/rc.local. On my system ...
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Intel Z68 chipset raid5 disappeared

I have this motherboard, it's a gigabyte Intel Z68 chipset. I used the Intel chipset configuration (between BIOS and OS) to configure a 3 disk Raid5 array which I formatted as NTFS (Linux already has ...
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Arch Linux with Xfce-Desktop no longer starts

I run Arch Linux with XFCE. Recently, I decided to switch to PCmanfm as my file manager. I removed Thunar with: pacman -Rc thunar and rebooted. Now when I try to log in, my XFCE4 desktop flashes for ...
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How to optimize Arch linux boot time?

I've had Arch Linux installed on my system for a while now, but the problem is that it takes way too much time to boot. And so, I'm trying to optimize the boot process. A Google search led me to ...
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/etc/rc.d/postgres start vs rc.d postgres start

What's the difference between those two commands? /etc/rc.d/postgres start and rc.d postgres start Aren't those interchangeable? I tried starting PostgreSQL using the latter, but it only works ...
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How to get dual booting to work when using burg and two hard drives?

I have arch linux on one 250GB hard drive and windows 7 on another. I can boot into ArchLinux just fine, and I can boot into windows if I unplug the hard drive with Arch. But when I boot with both ...
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How can I get mod_perl running in Arch Linux?

I've installed mod_perl, and even tried enabling it, unfortunately it seems to be preventing apache from starting. LoadModule perl_module modules/mod_perl.so here's the error. /usr/sbin/apachectl: ...
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HP Laptop refused to boot Arch or Fedora CDs but boots Debian based fine

My Laptop a HP Probook 4510s refuses to boot Fedora or Arch Linux CD'S, But will boot and install Debian based stuff ie Debian, Ubuntu. If it put a fedora or arch CD in it will just stick on BIOS ...
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How do I add Xft suppport to dwm?

I would like to use the inconsolata font in dwm's statusbar. Right now my config.h is set up like so using terminus: static const char font[] = "-*-terminus-medium-r-normal-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*"; I ...
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Libre Office change printer language type from PDF to Postscript

I have a problem printing from Libre Office (3.4.0 build 12). OS: Arch Linux, CUPS version 1.4.6 Printer: Description: Brother HL-2040 Location: Home Driver: Brother HL-2040 ...
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Finding the right diplay driver for arch installation on a virtual box on Lenovo edge13''

I'm checking arch on a virtualbox (running on ubuntu) before I install it on my machine. I have followed the wiki up until the display driver section. lspci gives: VGA compatible controller: ...
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How to set an xmodmap file for the session manager (or at least SLiM) because of a broken physical key

I've got my laptop set up to boot directly into SLiM as the X session manager. However, the "M" key on my laptop is broken. I've gotten around this when logged in by using xmodmap to remap my ...
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Turn NumLock on on startup?

I usually edit in Vim,and when pressing +, I'd rather move my hand to the right part of the keyboard where + resides rather than doing shift + =. But when NumLock is not on, in Vim it just opens a ...
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arch linux installation, “could not create filesystems”

im installing arch linux, the x86-64 net install. during the part where the hard drive is being processed/erased, i get: "Warning: Could not create all needed filesystems. Either the underlying ...
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Setting dual monitor with different resolutions using ati open source driver

I have two Monitors and am using Arch Linux, setup like this: 1280x1024(primary) 1680x1050.(secondary) ATI RADEON X1300 Open source ATI driver On the boot screen my primary monitor(17") have ...
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mknod permanent in archlinux

I have a custom kernel module (on ArchLinux) that I can load manually and interact with. What I would like to do is have it loaded at boot time. So far I have managed to get the device appear in ...
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How do I create Restore Points in Arch Linux (or Linux in general)?

I am relatively new to Arch Linux and I really like its rolling-release concept. Now what I want to know is that before I do a system update via pacman -Syu, I want to create a restore point so that ...
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In Arch Linux how can I find out which package to install that will contain file X?

I'm looking for a package that provides a specific binary, so I can install it. how can I search to find out what packages provide this binary? (note: I know there's at least one tool that does this, ...
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'who' has no output

I'm new to Arch Linux, and I just built my system up. But when I ran who in urxvt, I got nothing. Anyone know what's going on? BTW. I use Slim + OpenBox. And here are parts of my configure files. ...
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nacl crypto installation on arch

I am trying to install nacl crypto on my system: % uname -a Linux (none) 2.6.39-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jun 6 22:37:55 CEST 2011 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 540 @ 2.53GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux ...
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Packaging Google Chrome and Flash into a Linux Distro? [closed]

I've been working on a Linux distro based on Arch, and I want to include Google Chrome and Adobe's Flash Plugin. Can I get in trouble with Google or Adobe if I pre-install both of those pieces of ...
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Building a home file server using Arch Linux

I want to create a home file server using my old desktop. I plan on using Arch Linux for this as I'm familiar with it. The desktop has 2 hard drives - the old 20gb one & a new 1TB hdd. I plan on ...
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Disable /net ghosting for autofs5

I recently have been trying out Arch Linux. It seems that their autofs has a usability bug, although I confess that I'm new enough to Arch that I may be missing something horribly obvious. I want ...
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ntfs external HD works read-only on Arch

I only have read-only access to my external hard-drive which is using NTFS filesystem. How do I fix this problem to get full access to my hard drive?
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Update only one package with pacman

Is there a way to update only selected programs in pacman? I'm running ArchLinux on my netbook, and the complete upgrade of my system takes up more temporary space than I have on my system, so I'd ...
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Using MJPG stream as a webcam source

I would like to use my Android smartphone as a webcam and found the app "IP webcam", which creates various outputs of the camera. One such output is a MJPG stream, and I want to know if there is a ...