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What is the `[` program that resides in my system's /bin?

I was recently browsing my Fedora's /bin folder and noticed a binary named [. I did try to search the internet for more information on that, but I couldn't find anything useful. Running it through ...
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What is the Fedora equivalent of the Debian build-essential package?

What is the Fedora equivalent of the Debian build-essential package?
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How can I remove Orphan Packages in Fedora?

I just switched from Ubuntu to Fedora14. In Ubuntu we had the apt-get autoremove thing to remove orphan/unused packages. What is the counterpart in Fedora?
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Who's consuming my inotify resources?

After a recent upgrade to Fedora 15, I'm finding that a number of tools are failing with errors along the lines of: tail: inotify resources exhausted tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to ...
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How to make Fedora user a sudoer?

I want to give a Fedora user sudo privileges. How do I do that?
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How to find out which package a file belongs to?

In the Debian family of OSes, dpkg --search /bin/ls gives: coreutils: /bin/ls That is, the file /bin/ls belongs to the Debian package named coreutils. (see this post if you are interested in a ...
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Is there is a PPA-service equivalent in the Fedora world?

For Ubuntu there is this convenient PPA service available where you can get your own package repository. You can put there source packages which are under an open source license, e.g. development ...
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How can I make a script in /etc/init.d start at boot?

I think I read something a while back about this, but I can't remember how it's done. Essentially, I have a service in /etc/init.d which I'd like to start automatically at boot time. I remember it ...
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What is Fedora's equivalent of 'apt-get purge'?

In Debian, there's at least two ways to delete a package: apt-get remove pkgname apt-get purge pkgname The first preserves system-wide config files (i.e. those found in "/etc"), while the second ...
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What is the proper sudoers syntax to add a user?

According to the comments in /etc/sudoers (Fedora 13): ## Syntax: ## ## user MACHINE=COMMANDS ## ## The COMMANDS section may have other options added to it. My two related questions: What ...
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How do font managers work in Fedora?

I am looking to do some font management on my Fedora system. I have installed both Font Manager and Fontmatrix. My goal was to be able to have more fonts installed than I wanted displayed, and to be ...
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Can I restrict a user to use special programs?

Is it possible to add a user and restrict him to run special programs? For example after this user logs in, he can only open Firefox to use Internet and no other programs can be run by this user. For ...
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Is there a way to virtually split my monitor (for maximizing windows)

My question is essentially if I can fake the behaviour one gets using usual window managers on linux if one has a dual head setup. That is, if I maximize a window it maximizes only on one part of the ...
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How to add a repository on Fedora?

With one repository I did it like this (as root): # cd /etc/yum.repos # wget https://some.repo.example.org/foo/bar/Fedora_14/foo_bar.repo # grep enabled foo_bar.repo enabled=1 Is this the ...
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XFS vs Ext4 vs Others - which file system is stable, reliable, for long run such as 24/7 case [closed]

XFS and Ext4 file system which one is really stable and reliable for long run with heavy disk write and read? the system will be used in a place where 24/7 is in service, and every second there is ...
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Why aren't the Fedora GPG keys signed?

Fedora uses GPG-keys for signing RPM packages and ISO checksum files. They list the keys in use (including fingerprints) on a web page. The web page is delivered via https. For example the checksum ...
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Which shell should I use - tcsh vs bash?

I have been using tcsh for a long time now. But whenever I am searching for something, I often find that the methods specified are bash specific. Even the syntax for the shell scripts is different for ...
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Why are PATH variables different when running via sudo and su?

On my fedora VM, when running with my user account I have /usr/local/bin in my path: [justin@justin-fedora12 ~]$ env | grep PATH ...
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Test whether Linux binary is compiled as position independent code

I recently learned that (at least on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux), executable programs that are compiled as Position Independent Executables (PIE) receive stronger address space randomization ...
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Man pages for standard C and C++ libraries on Fedora 14

How do I install them? At present, man fopen gives me No manual entry for fopen. I have the compilers installed and have verified that things do build without problems. Update: This is what I got ...
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Default applications (GNOME 3)

I'm trying to associate a custom application to a file type in GNOME 3 (FC15). In GNOME 2 one could go in the "Open with" pane of the file properties dialog and add a custom command there. The custom ...
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Where does Chrome gets its list of certificate authorities from?

On Fedora, I'm talking about the list displayed when you go to settings > manage certificates > authorities tab. I've read that it should be in the NSS shared DB, but this command returns an empty ...
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Low sound volume on Lenovo laptop under Fedora

I'm having trouble hearing anything at all under Fedora 16 on this Lenovo T520. Everything in alsamixer is at 100% (both pulseaudio and card). I installed Windows 7 on the laptop to check if the same ...
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Improve the font rendering in Fedora

I was using Ubuntu and recently moved to Fedora 15 with Gnome 3. I am not at all impressed with the subpixel smoothing and fonts in Fedora. How do I improve the readability and quality?
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Logitech MX-510: Some extra buttons not usable

I have a Logitech MX-510, that I've been using for about six years. The Mouse has several extra buttons, that I'd like to use in Gnome, but I have problems with the button codes, that the mouse ...
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Transaction check error in installing vim?

I recently updated my fedora to 20 and wanted to install vim.but running sudo yum install vim returned this error: Transaction check error: file /usr/share/man/man1/vim.1.gz from install of ...
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How to limit available virtual memory per process

Occasionally some processes on my GNU/Linux desktop (such as gv and gnash) use up the physical memory and cause thrashing. Since these processes aren't important, I want them to be automatically ...
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Avoid very fast double clicks

I have a mouse with a weird problem. The left button sometimes fires a double click even if I click just one time. I would like to know if there's a way to avoid fast double clicks, ignoring clicks ...
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What is the prefered way of updating all software in a Fedora installation?

When I install some system, I usually look for a bulk update method, one that will update my recently-installed software. For example, in Debian, that would be changing the sources.list to point to ...
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Fedora 16 strange /tmp permissions: mysqld will not start

I installed mysql on a brand-new Fedora 16 server and it would not start. This is the line from the log file (^G and all): ^G/usr/libexec/mysqld: Can't create/write to file '/tmp/ibNPyIlu' (Errcode: ...
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Which services should be disabled?

Following is the output of $chkconfig | grep 5:on on my laptop running Fedora 14. NetworkManager 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off acpid 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on ...
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List installed, top-level packages in Fedora

I used to use yum to list all installed packages: yum list installed Now I need to list top level packages only i.e. if a package is a dependency of another, it should not be shown. GNOME's ...
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What do the characters y/d/N mean?

Dumb question, I know, but when I am updating my system, the machine tells me the size of the packages to download and asks me: is this ok: [y/d/N]? I know the meaning of y (yes) and N (no), but ...
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Will switching from Gnome to LXDE improve battery life?

I currently have Fedora 14 and the battery life is not so good. I am planning to switch to Fedora 16. Will I get significantly more battery life if I go for the LXDE spin instead of GNOME?
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Are RPMs valid across platforms?

I'm a little confused about RPM's in Red Hat and/or Fedora (and/or other distros?). I can certainly accept that 64-bit RPM's are needed for 64-bit OS'es and 32-bit for 32-bit OS'es but... If I have ...
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Difference between /usr/include/sys and /usr/include/linux?

Well, obviously there is a difference, but I'm curious about the rational behind why some things go under /usr/include/sys and others go under /usr/include/linux, and have the same header file name? ...
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Can I prevent “Disable touchpad while typing” from affecting mouse movements?

When I click my name in the upper right, then click "System Settings", then "Mouse and Touchpad", and then "Disable touchpad while typing" it affects my mouse movements. I have to wait two seconds ...
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su authentication failure, sudo missing

After removing the vim-minimal package, because it was conflicting with the GUI Vim I was trying to install, sudo has disappeared, and su is giving an authentication failure. [portOdin@localhost ~]$ ...
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How to create a list of all applications which were manually installed?

I use Fedora and I'd like to have all the package names in a list, but only the ones I installed myself, not the default ones.
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What is Fedora's equivalent of deborphan?

An installed library that has no installed packages depending on it is referred to as orphaned. One of the tools used to determine which libraries are orphaned on a Debian system is named deborphan. ...
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Fedora 17 Freezes on Boot

I have been having issues with Fedora 17 not booting after the latest round of updates. I am able to enter the pass for my disk encryption, the boot logo acts normally but after the animation is ...
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difference between Fedora's, openSUSE's, and Mandriva's initscripts?

I'm trying to figure out how the init system works for these distributions, but they seem to use different layouts... How do each of them work?
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Linux kernel 3.3 power regression

I am using Fedora 16 in my DELL n4110. I recently upgraded the kernel from 3.2 to 3.3. In contradiction to the official claim, my system still drains battery as hell. It only provides 1:30 to 2 hrs of ...
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iPhone type login screen?

The person that introduced me to Fedora had somehow made his login screen so that instead of typing in a password he used the "connect the dots" password that's popular on phones. Eg On my ...
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OpenSSL Package Rebuild CentOS 6.4 [closed]

Rebuilding openssl with Elliptic Curves on CentOS 6.4 The strategy is: 1) Download the "official" CentOS source package (.src.rpm) 2) Modify the .spec file to enable elliptic curves. (change no-EC ...
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Low battery freezes laptop [closed]

I have a laptop Lenovo G575. MS Windows works without any problems on it, but with Linux, it freezes during login or up to 10 minutes after power on. I have tried Ubuntu, Fedora 15 and 16, Fedora 16 ...
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How can I install MS Windows fonts on Fedora 15?

I've just installed Fedora 15 and here is some troubles with fonts. How can I install MS fonts?
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Where can I find the source code for `uptime`?

I am learning Python. Till now I've been doing only basic Python coding. A day ago, I checked python implementation of tree command. Suddenly I thought of creating a Python clone for uptime. I don't ...
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Flash plugin up to date but Firefox keeps telling me that I have the old version

According to my browser (Firefox 34.0) the installed version of the Shockwave Flash plugin appears to be 11.2.202.424. This version is considered to be insecure: ...
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How can I change the default “ens33” network device to old “eth0” on Fedora 19?

I've just installed a Fedora 19 on VMware workstation 9. The default network device is "ens33" instead of "eth0" on RHEL. The reason I have to use "eth0" is that the license component of one of our ...