The action of modifying a program's behavior, generally by modifying a text file.

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tool or technique to get a diff of two different linux installations

Albert Einstein quote Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results Often-times, Linux drives me mad because I'm doing the same thing over and over again ...
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Yanking URLs in w3m

I have been using w3m for a couple of weeks and am convinced that it is my preferred text browser - with one exception. Is there any way to yank URLs to the clipboard without using the mouse? I have ...
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ldap_bind: Invalid credentials (49)

I'm trying to set up an openLdap server and after following the instructions I'm stuck at the point where I can't add any data. The error I'm getting is ldap_bind: Invalid credentials (49) Please ...
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[FreeBSD] rc.conf, loader.conf vs static kernel linking

I'm curious: What, exactly are the benefits to statically linking modules into the kernel rather than loading through rc.conf, etc? For example: To add linux emulation, I could add ...
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Building monotools-server, gtk+, pango - bizarre path issues

I'm attempting to build the monotools-server app from source. After days of hunting down missing dependencies (and in one case (xsp) having to manually modify a generated Makefile to remove a ...
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zsh and xfce4-terminal

I've changed my login shell to zsh from bash on an installation of Debian Squeeze with XFCE. When I launch xfce4-terminal, zsh starts but does not load my configuration. I have searched high and ...
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How do I set GNOME 3 (fallback) icon theme to Tango?

I tried setting it using dconf-editor and failed.
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How do I configure my graphics drivers?

I'm running Linux Mint 9 gnome on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4211 With this, inxi -G Graphics: Card Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.7.6 Res: ...
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How to configure DHCP so that boot is completed even without a DHCP server?

I have configured /etc/network/interface like this: auto lo eth0 iface lo inet loopback iface eth0 inet dhcp But when a lease cannot be obtained, the booting is not completed. Is it possible to ...
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Ignore whitespaces changes in all git commands

I've found tons of sites that explain how to have git warn you when you're changing line endings, or miscellaneous other techniques to prevent you from messing up an entire file. Assume it's too late ...
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Remove empty configuration section

Files like ~/.config/vlc/vlcrc are 99% junk if you want to version control only the configuration options. I've got a script to remove the comments, but there's a ton of empty configuration sections ...
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Configuring mouse for right+left button simulating middle click (for copy/paste)

I was using the mouse copy-paste extensively, until recently, when some OpenSuSe upgrade reconfigured this on all my machines. Now the scrollbuton is the one to paste (which I hate, since it's hard to ...
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Where is CONFIG_COMPAT_VDSO in make menuconfig?

I'm trying to compile a Linux Kernel to run light and paravirtualized on XenServer 5.6 fp1. I'm using the guide given here: ...
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Are certain parts of startup scripts necessary or just good practice?

I'm currently exploring creating a startup script in the form of a system process located in the /etc/init.d/ on my Fedora 14 Linux installation. It sounds like the following two lines are bare ...
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Autoconfig/Automake fails to generate AM_CFLAGS & AM_LDFLAGS for dependent D-BUS library. Why?

I want to build a program that use DBUS, using automake/autoconfig tools. But the make command always report an error "dbus/dbus-glib.h": No such file or directory. My OS is ubuntu 10.10. And I ...
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L2TP IPsec VPN client configuration

I have Linux (Fedora) box and I want to conject to VPN described as "L2TP IPsec VPN" one. I have got following credentials: user=xxxxxxxxx pass=xxxxxxxxx VPN server= XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX IPsec ...
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Is it possible to source again .bashrc and .zshrc AND remove functions once inside them without restarting?

I had a function inside .zshrc that I removed. Now, when I try to source it, it indeed sources it, but doesn't remove the function that once was inside .zshrc from memory. Is there a way to remove ...
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How to send mail?

I'm trying to send mail from shell(GNU bash, version 3.2.25(1)-release (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu)) using; mail foo@bar.com After I complete the command, the mail won't show up in the mailbox. What ...
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Help configuring DBUS to start JACK

I have the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) installed, but cannot seem to get jack_control start to start the service. I'm using Slackware64-current, which recently updated its ...
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How do I configure OpenCV and Cygwin to work together?

I'm trying to configure OpenCV-2.2.0-win32-vs2010 with Cygwin to work together. Any ideas on how I can do that?
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What I can I do to make the transition to some new computer hardware safe and smooth?

I normally use machine A, and I make backups of A onto a fileserver B. Sooner or later, I will lose machine A for one reason or another. Its hard drive wears out, or it gets hit by lightening, or some ...
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Is there a 'rc' configuration file for grep/egrep? (~/.egreprc?)

I usually do some grep when developing, and there are some extensions that I always don't want to look for (like *.pyc). Is it possible to create a ~/.egreprc or something like that, and put some ...
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best way to set up separate linux environment in ~

I do most of my work (involves a lot of C/Python) on a development server that is shared with several other people. As a result we all seem to do a bit of the system administration chores (there is ...
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How to make startx use alternate xinitrc?

I don't have a desktop manager installed (and I don't want to). After logging in through the terminal I use startx to start the GUI. I have entries in ~/.xinitrc for my GUI sessions. Right now I have ...
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How to retrieve monitors configuration from the command line?

I am making a script that needs to access the computer's monitor(s) configuration. How can I do that? Is there a command or a file I could read where I can access this information? At the moment, I ...
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Does Solaris have an equivalent to /etc/ld.so.conf?

I compiled a package for Solaris 11 Express that has some library dependencies, which I also compiled from source and installed in the usual /usr/local. (And Solaris doesn't even have /usr/local ...
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How to place an application on the second monitor with awesome-wm?

I recently got a second monitor at work and want to configure all with my window-manager: awesome. I run into a problem to put some applications on a tag on a screen. For example I have a rule for ...
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Converting syslog-ng 3.0? format to 3.2 format

Just rebooted my system to this warning :: Starting Syslog-NG [BUSY] WARNING: Configuration file format is too old, please update ...
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Temporary .vimrc

Is there a way to read a .vimrc file for only a single ssh session? That is, when I log in I perform some operation so that vim uses say /tmp/myvimrc until I log out? I do not want to permanently ...
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What format does man use?

A piece of software wants to know for its configuration whether my man uses nroff or vt100 "catman" pages. How do I determine this?
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version control for /etc under *BSD

What turnkey solutions exist to put /etc under version control, under various unices? Turnkey doesn't necessarily mean part of the base install, but the following features would be nice: hooks into ...
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making ssh hosts global to all the users on the computer

So SSH has these files that configure settings for a specific user. ~/.ssh/authorized_keys ~/.ssh/config ~/.ssh/id_rsa ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub ~/.ssh/known_hosts I'd like to globalise some of these ...
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Why don't Page U/Down, Home/End work in less on Solaris over ssh from Ubuntu?

I need to work on a Solaris server over ssh from my Ubuntu (Lucid) laptop. I got Home/End Insert/Delete Page Up/Down working in csh and bash using bindkey and ~/.inputrc, respectively. But I can't ...
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What does “warning: override: VZ_FAIRSCHED changes choice state” mean?

I am building a Linux kernel, via the Debian linux-2.6 source package. Now there's CONFIG_VZ_FAIRSCHED=y in a sub-config, which gets merged into the final .config, where apparently also "y" gets ...
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What do the options `ServerAliveInterval` and `ClientAliveInterval` in sshd_config do, precisely?

I found this question, but I'm sorry I don't quite understand the settings on the two variables ServerAliveInterval and ClientAliveInterval mentioned in the accepted response. If my local server is ...
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How do I read alternate gnome configuration files

I have a number of versions of gnome installed on a number of different hosts. All users have network mounted home directories. In some cases gnome works poorly when reading configuration from the ...
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What RPMs do I need for timeconfig?

I've got setuptools set up and have read through the list of what's in /etc/setuptools.d I'm interested in installing timeconfig as well, but I only need the TUI version (no GUI). Which RPMs do I ...
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Carry-on Ubuntu Customization

Like most of us, I have several machines: at home, at work, for travelling... etc. I mainly write papers or books while I code. But I'm tired of svn'ing, rsync'ing and so on, so I've decided to carry ...
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Looking for a complete TUI script for configuring date and networking of CentOS 5

I'm looking for a script that allows complete configuration of a CentOS 5 system via TUI (no GUI, X, etc.). I found system-config-network-tui but other than the fact it looks unprofessional (typos, ...
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Is it possible to break long lines in sshd_config?

Specifically AllowUsers parameter: e.g. convert this AllowUsers user1 user2 user3 user4 to this AllowUsers user1 user2 user3 user4
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Emacs sync w/ Google Calendar and Contacts?

Is there a way to use Emacs to sync with Google Calendar and Google Contacts, ideally keeping a local copy so I can access them offline?
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Keeping config files synced across multiple pc's

I have a few different linux machines and a lot of config files (and folders) on each. For example: ~/.ssh/config ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml ~/.config/openbox/autostart.sh ~/.scripts/ ( folder ) ...
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Testing precedence of resolving addresses from commandline

There was such tool but I cannot remember its name. I needed to configure precedence of addresses by /etc/gai.conf. I finally managed to find an error, but for future, what's the name of tool which ...