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Is it possible to add an item to the Nautilus right click menu?

I want to add an item to my right click menu, and run a command when a user clicks on it. I'm using Centos 6.2, is it possible? If yes please tell me how I can do this.
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Application-specific keymapping

In general, I want to make specific keymaps for application, that working only in it and doesn't affect any other app. For example, I already use my Caps key to toggle input language (via xorg.conf), ...
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Suppress desktop notifications in fullscreen VLC

How to prevent desktop notifications from showing up when VLC is in fullscreen mode? Some of my scripts display desktop notifications using notify-send. The best solution would be to configure that ...
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What Linux distribution(s) contribute the most development to the GNOME project?

If I plan to contribute to the GNOME project, am I advised to use THAT distribution as my primary development platform or does my choice remain a simple matter of taste? EDIT: I'm a Linux user and my ...
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How to get the GNOME version?

Is there an authoritative way to get the GNOME version, as long as I have a working GNOME desktop (any version) running? Several of these suggestions don't work on my system, either because the ...
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FTP client with a good GUI?

I love linux because I get control over my system. But I do herald from the school of mac, where things are simple, beautiful, and powerful. I like it that way, as opposed to having lots of knobs and ...
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What can I do when apt-get/aptitude doesn't create a menu item for an installed program?

Obviously, this question is specific to Debian-based setups. I find that, often, packages I install using aptitude or apt-get only say that a menu item has been created. No menu item actually ...
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I want my Ubuntu 9.04/9.10 back, is there any current similar distro?

I was switching to Linux in the optimal time, around Ubuntu 9.04/9.10. I am a programmer, so I don't want to be a "Linux guru", that's why Ubuntu was perfect for me - until Unity/Gnome3. In latest ...
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How to add an item to the Applications menu?

How can I add an application to Applications > Internet in Gnome Desktop running on CentOS 6.4? Per this old Docs link, it suggests to edit /etc/xdg/menus/applications.menu. How can I add ...
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How to change what Alt+F2 calls in GNOME?

I saw something that made me salivate and I want it to be the program that is run when I do Alt-F2.
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How to find Nautilus wastebasket in the file system

It looks like I can get to the waste-basket through nautilus, but when I look at the location given by properties, I see "trash:///". But I can't "cd trash:///". Where is the waste-basket? And in ...
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Allowing user to read only parts of NTFS filesystem

After installing ntfs-3g I have an option in nautilus to mount a Windows directory but I need to give root password. While I have no objection to giving root password I would prefer to be restricted ...
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How do I set the PATH or other environment variables so that X apps can access it?

How can I set env variables so that KDE recognizes them? How do you set the path in a non-shell environment (KDE)? Unlike the above two questions, I want to know how to do this for GNOME. Or better ...
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Emacs and windows manager keyboard shortcuts without “Super” key

I found a classic M-series keyboard and I want to use it. However, it does not have the "Windows" key (a.k.a "Super"), only the Shift, Control and Alt modifiers. My keyboard shortcuts are cluttered ...
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what is the distinction between /media, /mnt and /run/mount?

In FHS-2.3, we have /media that holds mount points for removable media such as CD-ROMs and we have /mnt that holds temporarily mounted filesystems. On the other hand, we have /run/media and ...
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Window with activity in GNOME, notifies but doesn't show itself after Alt+Tab?

When a process that has an open window is activated, it remains un-focused and hidden underneath other windows but gives a small notification below that there was action. This is particularly evident ...
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Adjust mouse wheel sensitivity in Fedora / Gnome

Short Question Is there a way to adjust the mouse wheel scroll sensitivity in Fedora 18? Long Question I'm running Fedora 18, with the standard Gnome desktop. I use a Logitech M705 mouse with the ...
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Change default applications used by gnome-open, exo-open, xdg-open, gvfs-open and kde-open

How to change the applications associated with certain file-types for gnome-open, exo-open, xdg-open, gvfs-open and kde-open? Is there a way by editing config files or by a command-line command? Is ...
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indistinguishable active tab in gnome terminal

I am running Gnome 2.30.2 and Gnome Terminal 3.0.1 on my Debian Sid and recently the active tab became almost indistinguishable from other tabs. It is actually the same colour. Changing the themes ...
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How can I clear the list of recently accessed documents in Fedora?

When I click on the Clear recent documents item in the GNOME menu, it clears the list of recently used documents (as expected). How can I replicate this functionality from the command line?
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Multiple environments - Awesome and Gnome

I'm trying to install multiple environments on my Arch Linux system, and since I've never done it before, there are some stupid questions that I must now the answer. If I install Gnome and Awesome ...
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What is “Print to File” and can it be used from command line?

When you select "Print to File" in a Gnome print dialog (not cups-pdf): ... what is the actual command that gets executed? (I'm interested in the postscript variant, as on the image) On the other ...
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Is there a way to assign a shortcut key to nautilus' right click context menu?

Does anyone know of a way to assign a shortcut key combination to the menu items in the context menu that pops up in nautilus when you click on a file?
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Enabling Numeric Keypad

I have trouble with the numeric keypad (NumLock keys) being unusable while typing. While I don't think it's GUI specific, this happens both in Gnome and KDE. Sometimes it works in TTY, other times it ...
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How do I find out what action or command or script is assigned to a hardware button?

I'm trying to assign a correct rotation on my tablet. http://superuser.com/questions/340516/assigning-a-rotation-script-to-a-hardware-button One way to do this is using gnome keyboard shortcuts. ...
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How do I change file associations from the command line?

The system in question is Solaris, using the Gnome type interface (Java Desktop Environment). We have occasional issues with users managing to mess up their file assocations (most notably .tif). ...
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Volume up/down function keys limited to gnome-volume-control “Unamplified 100%” level

Using GUI gnome-volume-control: Sound Preferences ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Output Volume: [--------------+ ] ...
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linux x.org alternative

We have so many options for window managers, shells, desktop environments, distros, and kernel architectures under Linux, but why after (maybe) 20 years do we only have X.org server (including its ...
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How to do a print screen or capture an area of the screen

Is there an equivalent of the Window's Print Screen + Paste (or better yet the Mac OS Cmd+Shift+4, Space) in gnome?
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How do I get back to X?

I pressed some key combination and got a big full screen black terminal screen with a login prompt. After logging in, I tried startx to get the UI back, but got a message Fatal server error: Server ...
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Enable remote desktop for Gnome from command line?

I am trying to set up some automation scripts to set up a Linux environment. I would like to enable remote desktop sharing without the user having to actually use the GUI to do so. My plan is to write ...
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Process owner vs process user (Gnome's system monitor)

Gnome's system monitor has a "User" column in the Processes tab. There's also an "Owner" column, (that seems to be hidden by default). Most of the processes have the same values on both columns. ...
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Keyboard combination to insert non keyboard characters

on windows one could with Alt+235 print ë into (any) textfield. I tried the same on linux and it seems to be not working. Depending on the application the result is different, but never the wanted ...
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Where can I find the source code of libgio?

I want to study how its GFileInfo components works.
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How do I execute a program in gnome and make it use another gtk theme other than the default one?

I use a dark theme and the program that I am trying to run hard-codes some color values that make it unusable with the dark theme settings. I want to run this program without the dark theme being ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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How to disable “Shake password dialog when authentication fails” of Gnome Screensaver?

Is there any way to disable the animation which occurs when attempting to unlock gnome Screensaver and failing? Currently the password dialog shakes back and forth and for some reason on some laptops, ...
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What is <Primary> for a key?

I just saw a weird shortcut in dconf-editor: <Primary><Alt>KP_End What is <Primary>? I also saw an Above-Tab key. I completely understand what that is referring to, but were are ...
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Running Viber as another user while using “mine” X Server's microphine and speakers

I run Fedora with GNOME and recently installed Viber for linux. It's very good and all is working just fine. As Viber is not open-source software, I decided to run it as another user to make sure ...
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How can I disable the shutter sound of gnome-screenshot?

After a recent update of my LMDE, the gnome-screenshot tool started making an annoying camera shutter noise every time a screenshot is taken. This is both annoying and startling (especially if you ...
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How do I prevent GNOME suspending while I finish a compilation job

I am trying to build a custom kernel for my machine which is taking a long time to build (as expected). Is it possible to stop my GNOME desktop from suspending the machine until the compilation has ...
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Does GNOME 3 support desktop zoom?

GNOME 3 is not compatible with Compiz, so I cannot use the desktop zoom feature from Compiz. I googled for a long time, and it seems GNOME still does not support desktop zoom -- does it? I am using ...
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How to get gnome-terminal in English?

Is it possible to select a different language for a specific application? On some systems I run Fedora15/Gnome in German, but want to use the Terminal in English including for the simple prompt ...
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Is there any way to prevent focus being grabbed by another application?

I am getting annoyed by windows under X opening and taking focus away from the current window which has focus. This is particularly annoying when you are typing a password into a password dialog and ...
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How to run the terminal using keyboard shortcuts in Gnome 2?

I'm using Gnome 2. I use the terminal several times, and I lose a lot of time going in Applications / Utilities / Terminal to launch the terminal. I am wondering if I can launch the terminal using ...
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How do I add a logon GUI to Backtrack 5 R1 with GNOME?

I'm running Backtrack 5 R1 with GNOME in Virtualbox on a Windows 7 x64 host. In the default install, Backtrack boots to a command-line login prompt and then requires you to run startx to load the ...
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How can I launch gnome-terminal with unique titles for multiple tabs?

I've seen various posts about launching gnome-terminal with multiple tabs and the script below is working for me. That is to say, this script will launch gnome-terminal with various working ...
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What are the benefits of running Gnome 3 + awesome compared with awesome alone?

What are the benefits to running awesome as my window manager in Gnome 3? I am interested in identifying what features/functionality gnome3+awesome provides that can not be easily (if not identical) ...
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Can anybody recommend an HTTP debugging proxy?

I would like something that allows me to: Inspect all HTTP(S) traffic between my computer and the Internet, including 127.0.0.1 Modify incoming or outgoing data It would also be nice if it had a ...
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Keyboard shortcut to move window to a side in Gnome

In Windows I can press Windows key + (left/right/up/down) keys to press a window against the upper, right, down, left side. Is there an equivalent in Ubuntu? Distro: Ubuntu 12.04, using Gnome.