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

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Why do some applications use ~/.config/appname for their config data while others use ~/.appname?

I've noticed that some applications put their configuration files to ~/.config/appname while others use ~/.appname (the classic way, AFAIK) for this. What's the sense in this distinction and what ...
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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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What's the conf file reading between login and non-login shell?

I found that those are .bash_profile, .bashrc, .bash_login, .profile. What's the reading sequence between them?
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How to properly and easy configure `xdg-open` without any enviroment?

I'm using OpenBox window manager without any desktop enviroment. xdg-open behaves strangely. It opens everything with firefox. $ xdg-settings --list Known properties: default-web-browser ...
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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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Pseudo-terminal will not be allocated because stdin is not a terminal

I'm trying to set up automatic SSH hopping through a server which doesn't have nc. This works from the command line: ssh -A gateway ssh steve@target (I have added my public key to the SSH agent). ...
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How to make an Ubuntu time zone change stick?

I'd like to reset the timezone through editing /etc/timezone. However, after I am done editing and save the file, the system time would not change accordingly. On the other hand, when I take ...
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Set up network to share a printer connected to one particular machine on the network

How do I set up my Ubuntu machine to allow other computers to print to it? The set up is: All computers are connected to the network 1 dual Ubuntu/Windows 7 netbook 1 multibooting ...
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change colour depth

How do I change the colour depth? It says online to edit the xorg.conf file, but I don't have that. I am running Debian XFCE on a Powerbook G4
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not able to create xorg.conf file

I want to change my colour depth. I posted this, and got the following answer: Create an xorg.conf file by running Xorg -configure. Then edit the Depth entry in the Display subsection of the ...
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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 can I bind multiple tmux commands to one keystroke?

Specifically I'm trying to give a notification after some command was completed. So, for example, if I reload my configuration file, I'd like to have some confirmation that it worked, which might be ...
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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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Managing multiple configurations (/etc) - With a VCS?

I have a machine that needs to have two configurations that I need to maintain (the machine is occasionally moved between two environments and has different roles in each environment). Note: This is ...
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Can one disable tap-to-click in X server configuration without “InputClass” sections?

I want to configure my system so that tap-to-click is disabled on the touchpad. (It's running a rather old version of ALTLinux distro with xorg-server-1.4.2-alt10.M41.1.) I'm interested in a solution ...
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Can one disable tap-to-click in X server configuration, without synclient?

I want to configure my system so that tap-to-click is disabled on the touchpad. (It's running a rather old version of ALTLinux distro with xorg-server-1.4.2-alt10.M41.1.) The most popular advice I ...
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Purpose and typical usage of /etc/rc.local

The header looks like this: #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local - executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel # # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # value on error. What is ...
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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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How can I save the Xterm configuration I set at runtime?

I configured my xterm using the CTRL-MiddleClick and CTRL-RightClick. Is there a way to export save these settings?
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gvim -p limit of opened tabs?

When I run : gvim -p *.xyz I find that not all files are opened in tabs. It feels, like a kind of tab limit? But ! When I try to open unopened with : :tabnew it is opened next to previous ...
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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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vsftpd for virtual users: login directory isn't world readable. Then what's the use?

To configure vsftpd for virtual users, I followed this link. Though I succeeded in making the virtual users log into the system but it didn't work exactly the way mentioned in the document I ...
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not able to run vsftpd by executing the binary file as ./vsftpd

To configure vsftpd for virtual users, I followed this link. Though I succeeded in making the virtual users log into the system but it didn't work exactly the way mentioned in the document I ...