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

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Is it possible to start administering a linux box via Ansible with just the root account and its password?

I recently rented a Linux box and I intend to provision it using Ansible. I'd like to use Ansible as early as possible in the process. At this stage I only have a root account and the corresponding ...
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Run the Zsh first use wizard

I made a bad choice when configuring Zsh the first time around, so now I would like to run the configuration wizard (the thing that runs the first time you log in) again. How do I do this?
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How to get a Finepoint Digitizer Tablet to work under Fedora Core 16?

How to get a Finepoint Digitizer Tablet to work under Fedora Core 16? The hardware in question is a Gateway m285-E. It uses an active pen (has a battery in the pen). cat /dev/ttyS0 returns ...
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getting “bad init string” when dialing with wvdial

I'm trying to dial-up with my Huawei modem EM680 using wvdial. My modem is found properly on /dev/ttyUSB1 but when I execute wvdial I get this: # wvdial --> WvDial: Internet dialer version 1.61 ...
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Increasing conky height

Is there any way to change the height of a conky window? .conkyrc background no update_interval 1 cpu_avg_samples 2 net_avg_samples 2 override_utf8_locale yes double_buffer yes no_buffers yes ...
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How to connect to virtual /dev/ttyX from same machines pts terminal?

I want to get output/input from /dev/ttyX console (normally accessible directly using keys ctrl+alt+FNr, where Nr is number of /dev/ttyNr: ctrl+alt+f4 access /dev/tty4). I want to view and control ...
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configuring hubot to connect to a local openfire server

I'm running Ubuntu and I am trying to get a hubot to connect to my local openfire server. I followed the tutorial here, and everything went pretty smooth till toward the end, after editing the ...
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how do I include the qcserial module in the kernel?

I need a kernel compiled, featuring the qcserial module to have support for the Huawei EM 680 model (Gobi 3000). I got kernel 3.11.6 and can find the appropriate source file in ...
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How to recognize hostname on the port number 8080 in Ubuntu machine?

I have a very basic question here. This thing is puzzling me a little bit. I have two machines, one is my local desktop running Windows and I have cygwin installed in it and second machine I have is ...
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What does an exclamation mark at the beginning of a value in KDE configuration files do?

In ~/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals, the value for the default web browser starts with an exclamation mark. What is the purpose of the exclamation mark? [General] ...
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How do you Configure Package Management System (YUM) for MongoDB

On the site (mongodb) it lists ... Create a /etc/yum.repos.d/mongodb.repo file to hold the following configuration information for the MongoDB repository: then... [mongodb] name=MongoDB ...
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Reloading Samba4's smb.conf without restarting the service

I want to tweak smb.conf without causing network hiccups for folks who rely on our samba4 fileshare. I made an obvious path change that should only affect my own private share, and ran smbcontrol ...
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Static IP for 2 PCs on crossover cable in interfaces(5) file?

I've got 2 PCs connected on an Ethernet crossover cable. On PC1 I run: sudo ip addr add 192.168.2.1 peer 192.168.2.2 dev eth0 sudo ip link set dev eth0 up On PC2 I run: sudo ip addr add ...
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Configuring CentOS apache server to default to a specific port for ExpressJS and Node

Completely new to Linux and virtual private servers so please bear with me. I have a webapp built on ExpressJS and NodeJS that runs on port 5000 of my server, accessible via web by typing: ...
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escape characters in /etc/network/interfaces

I want to be sure that whatever string I pass into the line wpa-ssid "abc" in /etc/network/interfaces won't be used to break out of the configuration. All I can find in the manual is that \ can be ...
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How can I avoid mangling arguments with spaces in Exim's ${run{…}} expansion?

I have a program, /usr/local/bin/rt_queue_exists, which takes one argument. If the argument smells good, the program exits with status 0; non-zero otherwise. I want a router that accepts messages only ...
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not able to login by ftp

I've installed vsftp and set the home directory of user ftp with sudo usermod -d /var/www/ ftp , I've also set the password with sudo passwd ftp and restarted the server but I can not login with user ...
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Awesome WM loads personal rc.lua but then overwrites with system settings

I just started playing with awesome-wm. Sometimes, when I reload my config, the settings hold. Other times, I can see some settings take for a second, but then are overridden by the defaults. I ...
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Configure sendmail to send only

I want to configure sendmail only to send emails – not to listen and receive. In /etc/mail/sendmail.conf I’ve got: DAEMON_MODE="None"; QUEUE_MODE="Daemon"; Iptables are disabled (temporarily; only ...
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Do ssh_config rules cascade?

I have the following rules Host * Compression yes Host sop HostName 192.168.56.101 if i ssh sop will the compression flag also be added?
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syslog: process specific priority

I have two user processes A and B. Both use syslog using facility LOG_USER. I want to have different threshold levels for them: For A, only messages of priority ERR-and-above must be logged For B, ...
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Headset not working in OpenSUSE

When I plugin my headset into my computer, running OpenSUSE, I do not get any audio. The regular speakers work fine. The reason this is happening, I think, is because it still tries to output through ...
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if statement apparently not working in rsyslog

I'm trying to use the RainerScript syntax in my Debian /etc/rsyslog.conf file. I want to log daemon stuff to a particular file, but only from pppd. Here's what I added: if $programname == 'pppd' ...
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Clean way to temporarily replace a config file?

I use a drawing program called Inkscape, which has both a GUI and a command line interface. When used on the command line, it has a large number of options that can only be controlled through a ...
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How do you get hardware info and select drivers to be kept in a kernel compiled from source?

I would like to create a minimal kernel for a web server. When you compile a kernel from source how do you get hardware info and then know what drivers need to be kept in the kernel so the rest can ...
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vsftpd: virtual user not able to upload file or create directory

I created 2 virtual users for ftp (vsftpd): bholu1 and bholu2 I wanted bholu1 to have write access, access to make directory and upload permission. For that I have set up the user bholu1 as below but ...
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apt upgrade: start a new shell to examine the situation. Where?

When I do a dist upgrade, I often get prompts about config files like this: Configuration file `/etc/php5/apache2/php.ini' ==> Modified (by you or by a script) since installation. ==> Package ...
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How to use OSLEC with Alsa as default, not with Pulseaudio or other thirdparty package involved?

Oslec Echo canceller I have seen some packages used OSLEC and there echo cancle was very well. So for a test simulation, how could i install the OSLEC only with Alsa (i do not use PulseAudio at all, ...
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Not able to deny selected local user to login ftp server

I added the below 2 lines in the end of the configuration file /etc/vsftpd.conf so as to deny a local user named 'tentenths' from loggin in the ftp server. I restarted the vsftpd service after the ...
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How to set firefox homepage from terminal?

I am trying to configure firefox from a script. I have already hit a wall establishing the deafault homepage. Found some old info what does not work anymore: echo ...
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rPath clone or similar

I just joined a new company, and this company is using rPath in its system deployment process. If you did not know, rPath as a company and solution, has been closed and discontinued when they were ...
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What are the pros and cons to editing iptables configuration file vs adding rules via the iptables command

I am working with a product on CentOS that occasionally needs to automatically add and remove rules from the iptables configuration. For example, during an update, we want to explicitly refuse ...
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gtk-color-scheme = "bg_color: red\ results in red bg + red scroll bar bg + red scroll bar ? where is the logic?

Let's edit this theme's gtkrc file: vi vi /usr/share/themes/industrial/gtk-2.0/gtkrc gtk-color-scheme = "bg_color: #000000000000\ nfg_color: #ffffff\nbase_color: #000000000000\ ntext_color: ...
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Is Webmin oriented toward a particular Linux distro?

I have used Webmin on multiple distros, both on the Red Hat-based side and the Debian-based side, and have had various issues with it on both. My issues have included things like configuration ...
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Why my dconf-editor has fewer options in Elementary OS Luna than supposed to?

I am giving Elementary OS a try but trying to configure it a bit I see lesser options than supposed in dconf-editor. Following this source, they should look like this: Mine look like this: So, I ...
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Pulseaudio failed to create secure directory in nfs share

My pulseaudio cannot run, because it attempts to create ~/.config/pulse under a different user. (probably pulse?). user@localhost ~$ pulseaudio E: [pulseaudio] core-util.c: Failed to create secure ...
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Sendmail can't find local users (with uppercase letters)

Sendmail works through sending to a smarthost, but can't find local users. # sendmail -bv LocalUser@myhost.net LocalUser@myhost.net... User unknown # grep LocalUser /var/log/maillog Sep 8 03:48:30 ...
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UEFI boot Fedora from USB 2.0 on 3.0 port (l75d-a7280)

I'm trying to make a bootable usb in ubuntu for fedora, but my settings are not working. I formatted the USB with FAT & Ext4, MBR, and Legacy BIOS bootable. My BIOS allows the USB 3.0 controller ...
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How do I know which kernel configuration option enabled my driver?

TL;DR: when I was trying to compile a driver for USB DAQ device I have reconfigured the kernel. The driver refused to compile under the default distro's kernel but everything works with my tweaked ...
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Find or create kernel configuration of kernel binary

I've downloaded a kernel binary which I am using now. In order to use the watchdog on my system I must recompile the kernel with watchdog support. Is it possible to obtain the current kernel ...
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ssh config wildcards to avoid typing username

I frequently ssh into openstack instances. All of the instances are on a dedicated vlan and subnet (10.2.x.x). All of the instances have the same username (bob) I connect like so: ssh bob@10.2.x.x ...
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Steps to configure iPod shuffle in Fedora 19

I am using Fedora 19 GNOME version. After I plugin my iPod to the USB, it is not listed in my filesystem. The output of the lsusb command is: Bus 002 Device 003: ID 090c:237c Silicon Motion, Inc. ...
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Explanation of the default Debian sources?

So I've looked online and haven't found a clear explanation of the default Debian source list. Specially, what do main, updates. proposed-updates and security mean in the context of ...
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Connection error for linux webcam driver for matlab

This might seem like a duplicate post, well yes it is, but I have a different problem compared with the duplicate version of it. My value for imaqhwinfo gives me: InstalledAdaptors: {'dcam' ...
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Change lightdm background

Seen similar question many times on AskUbuntu, but most answers was bout unity-helpers or gconf ...canonical... etc, so this actually doesn't seem to work. The problem is that I decided to move to ...
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Internet access via server

We have proxy-server and I run Linux Mint 15 Mate. I've set up network connection and Firefox prompts for login/pass and then connects to Internet. When trying to look for updates/new software, system ...
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HGRCPATH kept in /etc/sudoers, yet ignored by hg?

I'm trying to follow the directions here under "sudo and multiple users". I believe I managed to modify /etc/sudoers correctly enough (by adding Defaults :me env_keep += "HGRCPATH" at the beginning ...
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How to set what field names are displayed in listings?

When I execute a command in Ubuntu, which results in a listing, I get results without the field names. Example is ls -l or ps l. I am not very experienced and always need to go digging through man ...
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How to restrict output of iw dev wlp3s0 scan?

I am trying to configure a wireless network on a newly installed Arch Linux. The command iw dev wlp3s0 scan gives information about all the found networks. I only need the information about my SSID.
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NIC missing in 70-persistent-net.rules

I am using Ubuntu and typing ifconfig -a shows all interfaces but one(eth4), while the file 70-persistent-net.rules contains all(including eth4) but one (eth8). Any idea why is that and what are ...