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Reduce bad block retry / wait times in Ubuntu

How can I reduce the IO wait time and retry times so that the OS doesn't continually try to write to a failing drive? I have an system that I use to make copies of demo content that gets loaned out ...
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Too big delay with xscreensaver on wrong password in OpenSUSE 12.2

There is too big delay when logging in with xscreensaver in OpenSUSE 12.2 --- Actual delay is 10 seconds, but not found anywhere in configs Already done: checked pam timeout in login.defs (3 ...
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How can I get yum and the internet browser to work after fresh Fedora 20 installation

I am my wits end. After happily using Fedora 12 for several years, I decided it was time to upgrade. So, I bought a new computer three weeks ago and have been trying to install Fedora 20 ever since, ...
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Access or recover files from Apple hdd with bad S.M.A.R.T. and 05-reallocating sector bad

I have a Macintosh HD (hfsPlus) [/dev/sdc2 on /media/ubuntu/Macintosh HD type hfsplus(ro,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks2)] WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdc'! The util fdisk ...
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ATI driver and boot problem “Starting Timidity alsa midi emulation”

It has been resolved. See answer bellow.. Asked this on askubuntu, but they knocked me down as off-topic and sent me here.. After upgrade I can no longer boot into gui. It stops on "Starting ...
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Cannot Boot New Linux From USB

Recently, I got a new laptop, the MSI gx60. I grabbed a usb and loaded the Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon image onto it, tested it on my old laptop and desktop, where it worked. However, when I try it on my ...
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PC -> to -> Server. How to disable video card test inside BIOS?

I'm trying to setup my old PC as a server. Motherboard EliteGroup P4S5A/DX. Upto 2Gb of DDR 1 Ram. Video card: vga1 at pci1 dev 0 function 0 "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440" rev 0xa3 About a 2-days I'm ...
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Linux mint 13: Error starting MATE

My Linux Mint installation seemed to work fine an hour ago, then I switched into Windows 7 which is installed on the same machine. When I restarted back into Mint, I got the following errors and can't ...
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Salvaging a “broken” hard drive

My girlfriend's macbook's hard drive failed, so I gave her a new one and reinstalled OSX on it. Works fine. However, I wanted to see if I could use her old hard drive for backups/fun. I was able to ...
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Does a bad sector indicate a failing disk?

My Ubuntu 13.10 system has been performing very poorly over the last day or so. Looking at the kernel logs, it appears that the <1yr old 3TB SATA disk is having issues with a particular sector: ...
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recovery data from RAID and disk failure (Linux)

Some background A friend of mine was using in his office a NAS Buffalo-LS-WVL with two disks of 1TB each. It seems that the two disks were mounted as raid 1, but, as you will read, probably they have ...
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LVM issue with VM - Physical disk not present

Am trying to troubleshoot an issue that has arisen during a DR test and admit from the outset that LVMs are not my forte. We have a RHEL6 VM running on ESXi 5.1. We are using a LUN to LUN ...
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How can I avoid a “boot error” when trying to install Fedora 19 from a USB stick

I am trying to install Fedora 19 on my PC to replace the Fedora 12 I am using now. I downloaded Fedora-Live-Desktop-i686-19-1.iso and did a CHECKSUM test which seemed ok: $ gpg --verify-files ...
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Recover from ext2 filesystem corruption

I have a TinyCore (3.6) Linux distribution on a device of mine, which uses disk-on-module or compact flash storage. The filesystem is ext2. I have a LAMP stack on this device and I'm playing with a ...
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System cannot boot, continiously scanning btrfs filesystem

On the previous boot I installed HAL to make amazon prime video streaming work, which it did (mostly), but after reboot the system could not pull itself up all the way to BASH and drops to a failed ...
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Failing on apt-get update

Very recently when I have been attempting to check for updates on my laptop (Ubuntu 12.04), the check fails. sudo apt-get update: W: GPG error: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise Release: The ...
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Does LVM increase the risk of data loss?

Let's say I have two identical disks, and I set one LVM logical volume on them (no mirroring). Question: What will happen when one of the disks fails? I will lose all the data from all the disks I ...
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Installing Skype on Debian x64

I am new to Linux and I'm trying to install Skype using this manual. I successfully download the package using the command: wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb-64 ...
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Problem with keyboard and mouse in gdm3 and lightdm

Linux anarki 3.2.0-2-amd64 #1 SMP Fri Jun 1 17:49:08 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux Distributor ID: LinuxMint Description: Linux Mint Debian Edition Release: 1 Codename: debian When my ...
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How to debug whether restarts are caused by software or hardware?

A newly build Linux debian 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Sun Sep 23 10:07:46 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux server suffers numerous restarts. 'last -x' output shows: root pts/0 192.168.254.11 Sat ...
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Why does my linux keep crashing?

I am running Debian 6.0 Squeeze. Every half hour or so a dialog pops up on the side of my screen with the message - Kernel failure. A report has been sent to the developers to help them fix the ...
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Unmanaged VPS bought today. Sendmail not functioning correctly

I purchased an unmanaged VPS today. I moved my website on over, and when I try to send an email. It returns a blank page. Not to mention I had to install PHP myself. Apache was there, for some reason, ...
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Infinitely Nested Directories

Let me start off by saying this is a Mac Terminal I'm using. Not Linux, but I assumed I would get the best answers here as it has to do with Unix and the command line not really anything about Mac ...
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Is there a standard command that always exits with a failure?

I want to test my script with a command that fails. I could use an existing command with bad arguments. I could also write a simple script that immediately exits with a failure. Both of these are easy ...
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Linux Mint does not shut down

Sometimes (very rarely actually) I have a problem that when I try to shut down my desktop, it will freeze with the following screen and I can only shut it down by pressing the power button for 8 ...
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Check for failure of piped command [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Get exit code of process that's piped to another If I pipe the output of one command into another, is there a way for me to check explicitly whether the first ...
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How to schedule something run once using anacron?

Frequently within my scripts I schedule auxiliary tasks for later in the form: at now + 8 hours <<< "rm -f workfile.$$ >> $worklog 2>&1 " or at 11pm + $(date +%M) minutes ...
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Hard drives goes missing until reboot - what can be the cause?

I am struggling here. My end goal is assembling a RAID-6 array on my PC, but time and again, the assemble doesn't complete (and cat /proc/mdstat shows that one drive dropped away). This now happened ...
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Bash: run command2 if command1 fails

I want to do something like this: if cmd1 && cmd2 echo success else echo epic fail fi How should I do it?
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What would happen if a hard drive failed while the Linux kernel was running?

I've always been curious of what would happen if a hard drive failed while the Linux kernel was running. Since the kernel image itself is loaded completely into RAM, I don't imagine there would be any ...