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How does fsnotify setting affect system performance?

Occasionally a software package I install complains that the default fsnotify setting is far too low for decent performance. Intellij IDEA or crashplan are two examples. They suggest using fsnotify ...
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How do I recursively set the date created attribute to the date modified attribute on NTFS-3G?

In my first question, I asked how to get the "Date created" field in NTFS-3G. Now, that I know I can get the "Date created", I have started adding files onto my NTFS-3G partition and would like to set ...
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Higher-level wrapper for entr or inotifywait

I'm looking for a way to rerun a specific command as soon as any of the files in a subdirectory (perhaps minus selected excludes) changes. Use case I'm working on a project that is self-contained in ...
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Random file showing up in various directories. How to trace its creator?

I am finding a 0 byte file named ^- (that is a caret and a dash) in various directories on my file system. I use zsh with oh-my-zsh and I am pretty sure something in there is creating it but I really ...
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Prevent scp from overwriting existing files?

Have been googling this for a while, and the problem is not so much of one where I trust my users to "do the right thing" and have them use rsync with various options to avoid overwriting files. I ...
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Removing duplicate files but ignoring certain lines (e.g. embedded timestamp)

I have a bunch of gzipped text files. I am trying to remove duplicate files (using fdupes) but the problem is these files contain a line that has their timestamp in them, and the files are identical ...
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`crontab -e` sometimes fails with “Creation of temporary crontab file failed”

From time to time crontab -e fails on me on a Ubuntu box. It is the same for all users including the root and crontab -eu <user> under the root. Goes like this on a regular basis, a success here ...
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ls does not show a hidden file (OS X)

I am using lsof to view the list of open files. One such file that it displays open is : Google 3864 malaykeshav 46u REG 1,1 470455334 32578671 ...
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Image set compression

Is there a good open source (not exclusive to Linux) for compression of a set of similar images? I have thousands of documents scanned but I do not access them often. The documents are forms, with ...
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File viewer (not manager) with dual pane

I have multiple papers, in multiple directories. let us call the papers A, B, C, D... and I have to write reports often, where I have to answer questions like Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4... Now, what often ...
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NFSv4 which “domain” to put in idmapd.conf?

I'm using NFSv4 but suddenly when the NFS Server got rebooted, all the files on the Clients are having nobody ownerships after the Server is booted and started its whatever services again. Then I ...
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How can I make Krusader show real size of symlinked files?

In the "size" column in Krusader, there is a link's size noted, instead of the size of the actual file. This is the same as what ls -l shows (the full address of the target file, e.g. 64 B instead of ...
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Disk filename corruption

Using QNX unix filesystem. The files once written with good file names in a good directory and partition get corrupted in their filenames. Some of the files remain in good shape in the same ...
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FS on NFS share responding slow

We have two server ex name app1 and app2.Both server have a nfs mount from same server as below:- nfsserver:/prlocal 249G 190G 46G 81% /prlocal Now the problem is when we try to access the FS ...
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fopen problem when mounting ecryptfs filesystem

After an unrecoverable fsck problem the mount of my encrypted /home/me filesystem isn't possible any more. The visible effects are: a) logging in though most of the selectable GUI window managers ...
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How can I set a group policy to all access on all folders except one?

I am currently making a test environment where users will be going through a network administration course with different levels they must complete. Due to the nature of the course, we want to give ...
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trash and restore script - issue restoring

#!/bin/bash echo "Are you sure you want to move this file to the Recycle Bin?" "(Yes/No)" read ans case "$ans" in Yes) echo "$(readlink -f $1)" >> "$HOME/TrashLog" && mv "$1" ...
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Command that can find files that are not referenced by other files and then delete them

I was wondering if anyone knew how I could go about writing a grep command that recursively finds files that are not being referenced/used in a specific file and/or a directory of files, and then ...
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Configuring group access across a LAN

I have created a group called engineers on two VMs on the same 192.168.56.0/24 LAN. Is there any way the members from VM1 in engineers can view files created by engineers from VM2? I was thinking of ...
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Can Linux be configured to wait for USB storage to be reattached instead of returning I/O error

If a usb_storage device is physically detached from an Ubuntu machine while it is still mounted, any attempt to access the file system will produce an I/O error. Is there some way to configure Linux ...
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File path in audit log instead of inode number

When I do: echo "#TEST" >> /etc/passwd I get the following in audit logging: node=kayak.office.local type=SYSCALL msg=audit(1412687666.054:62033): arch=c000003e syscall=2 success=yes ...
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Files associated with Thunderbird - Security mechanism for local storage

I am trying to know how Thunderbird stores the mails, associated files in the local machine. I use Ubuntu 13.10 and Thunderbird 24.6.0. When I see in the local profile folder in the location in ...
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Copying files to a directory shared via ACL doesn't get default mask

I'm trying to setup a simple shared directory on an ext4 filesystem for a group of users to work on. Let's say i just need to give all permissions to all users belonging to the group "workgroup" to ...
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How can I unveal files on my external hard drive?

I copied a big folder (around 110 GB) from my (Mac 10.7.5) computer onto a hard drive (exFAT). It took quite some time and afterwards I even checked that the files were actually there. After more ...
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How do I make get-iplayer produce watchable quality without huge filesize?

Summary findings: I'm using get-iplayer v2.82. The files I produce on hard drive are all mp4. I've discovered the following (downloading same TV program in both cases): Using --modes=flashstd and ...
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Changing file time using touch

Im trying to change the file time of a m#merge the files to a temporary file. mergecap -w "${dir_dcn}"/merge_dcn.pcap "${FILES_dcn[@]}" touch -r "${FILES_dcn[14]}" dcn_file ls -l dcn_file ...
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Net-SNMP Application

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but, does anyone knows about Net-SNMP. Is it possible to not truncate the log file whenever snmptrapd is restarted? The logs are being ...
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Create a fake read only device like file with incrond

I need to generate UUID with uuidgen (not through any function call, but external command, because processes which will read the file cannot call any APIs or external commands directly). My idea is ...
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Map invalid file paths to valid file paths

I am running a program on linux which access an invalid location, say: /home/area/file. I know the valid location is /home/area/something_else/file. The problem is the input file for this program is ...
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Which Unixes support cross-device filesystem links (in particular for rename)?

Just read the following on the FreeBSD man page for the rename syscall: ... [EXDEV] The link named by to and the file named by from are on different logical devices (file systems). Note that ...
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Tar corrupting file attributes and skipping directories

While creating tar archives for backup purposes with 'large' numbers of files (200+), I have been repeatedly running into the following errors: tar: some/path/file.xyz: Cannot stat: Invalid argument ...
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Moving Informatica data(directories) from one unix server to another unix server

Can we migrate directories from one unix server to another unix server, without the need of installation of Informatica softwares on the new unix server? If yes, then will there be any change in the ...
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Touch a file and give it an icon image via command line

Imagine this situation: for a given task, at some point of it, I should be able to create an empty file, which I can achieve by touch file.ext on the command line. However, if I touch a .jpg file, and ...
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backup without closing programs that are opening files for editing, and detect unsaved open files?

Is it possible to do backup without closing programs that are opening files for editing? I would like to do backup without closing programs that are opening files that I am reading or writing. I ...
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Cancel removing a directory, and want to find out what have been removed

I was removing a directory by rm -r mydir and cancelled it in the middle. How can I find out what have been removed under the directory? Does remove a content of a directory change the timestamp of ...
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How can I let a application/user account only create and update a log file (no read permissions) in Linux

I'm attempting to setup a fairly restrictive Apache Tomcat installation on CentOS 6.6 and am stuck on file permissions for the log folder. The tomcat folder and all it's sub-directories are owned by ...
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Why is moving file within an ext4 partition so slow?

The short question is why is a move operation, moving within the same ext4 partition taking longer than a copy of the same files from a different drive? The longer description of the scenario: I ...
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File not read by Java until touched

We had a freak incident on Solaris. Our java program couldn't read a file until we touched the file. It was reading other files just fine, it just seemed to be completely blind to this one particular ...
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getting ? in permissions when running ll/ls command

I am trying to remove a folder and I am getting rm: cannot remove ‘...' when running the ll command I am getting : > ll ./folder/ ls: cannot access ./folder: Input/output error total 64 ...
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Folder keeps vanishing/showing up in finder, terminal says it doesn't exist

Upon a standard find routine I noticed a folder kept returning errors, even tough it didn't contain any of the arguments in the search query. Ilha-VB2-leo:FESTIVAIS_01-16 ilhavb2$ find . -iname ...
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File limits getrlimit(RLIMIT_NOFILE) failed

(32-bit system) Posted a Q/A earlier regarding Chrome crashing because of exhausted limit in open files. Chrome has since run more smooth, (after increasing limit), but still crashes from time to ...
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How to compare file sizes in two directories?

I have copied some files to an SFTP-only server. I want to verify that all the files arrived intact. Since the server is SFTP-only, I cannot run e.g., an MD5sum on the remote host. I have the server ...
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Programatically capturing application inputs and outputs

I've been given a mess of applications that all touch various common files and data sources. (Retail IT environment so lots of generic sources of data that gets sliced and diced into various ways and ...
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get time of file in inotifywait tool

for this script: inotifywait -m /path -e create -e moved_to | while read path action file; do echo "The file '$file' appeared in directory '$path' via '$action'" # do something with the ...
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What are some preferred methods to efficiently edit files on a remote Unix server?

I'm looking for a more efficient GUI-based solution to edit root-owned and root-only writable files than using either nano or vim, both of which of course limit your cursor to navigate one character ...
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Storage Formats for Flat File DB

Currently I use a flat file database with find -type f -ls to store information for about 400GB of files. I'd like to store also the md5sum/sha[1|256]sum of the files. Because the files are often ...
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How to mount multiple iSCSI images too loop

I have to mount iscsi images to loop. Yesterday someone with a similar problem asked that already. The difference is, my iscsi image is splitted into 5 parts. ls -la insgesamt 4718592004 -rw-rw-rw- ...
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Strange issue with xml_split in Linux

I am using the code xml_split from https://metacpan.org/pod/distribution/XML-Twig/tools/xml_split/xml_split to split a huge XML file. I am facing a strange issue with this. First, I tried the ...
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Editing metadata with bash

I have a bunch of photos(jpeg, bmp, png) that I have arranged in such a manner that the metadata is in html form in a separate file. I would like create some script to read this html file and edit ...
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Unable to make file system writtable no matter what

I have a flash card SanDisk of a camera which I plug in into my computer: $ lsblk mmcblk0 179:0 0 3.7G 1 disk └─mmcblk0p1 179:1 0 3.7G 1 part $ mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 on ...