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What are some decent alt-tab replacements for Gnome?

I think these problems bother me with the native alt-tab app: It feels a bit sluggish - it takes about 0.3 seconds for the alt-tab window to appear. I'd like to configure Alt-Shift-Tab to go one ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Is it possible to retrieve the active window process/title in Gnome?

I need a solution for getting the current active (focused) window information on a Gnome 2 desktop. I'm mostly interested in the process running that window and window title. Is it possible? ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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What is making my cursor 'randomly' disappear when using gnome-teminal?

It happens often that my cursor on gnome-terminal disappears, forcing me to work on a new tab/window. It seems like a random occurrence. Does anyone else experience this? What about other X terminal ...
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disabling mouse support in `vim` in a `gnome-terminal` environment

Edit: The problem of an enabled mouse in vim appears to be specific to gnome-terminal (version 3.4.1.1-1; I am using gnome 3 fallback mode). If I run xterm, mouse support in vim is disabled by ...
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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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Prevent KDE and Gnome from showing eachothers icons in the menu

Often, I have both KDE4 and Gnome installed on my machines. What really bothers me when I do this, is that the Gnome menu will show all kinds of things that I will hardly ever use in Gnome, like ...
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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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Top and bottom panels disappeared in Ubuntu 10.10 (Gnome)

For some reason my top and bottom panels have disappeared. I can't right-click and add a new panel either. I tried executing gnome-panel from the terminal, rebooting, but no luck. Any idea how to ...
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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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Wallpaper stretching over multiple monitors on Fedora 19 (Gnome 3)

I'm running Fedora 19 (gnome-shell --version says it's GNOME Shell 3.8.4). I have a dual monitor setup (two 1440 x 900), and I want to be able to stretch my wallpaper over the two monitors, like I did ...
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Is it possible to add an item to the GNOME 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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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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Debian Squeeze: Left mouse click stops working

After starting a new session in my Debian Squeeze (6.0.4, always updated) running in a VM (VMWare Workstation) there comes the point in time where the left mouse click stops working, so that I cannot ...
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Is there a way to control the delay before shutdown on low battery?

Is there any way to configure shutdown on critically low battery to give me a bit of time before actually shutting down? I've set GNOME Power Manager to shutdown on low battery (hibernating does not ...
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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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Can We Have Different Wallpapers For Each Workspace under Gnome?

I was wondering whether we can have different wallpapers in each workspace of a Linux distro using Gnome. Googled it. Solutions I found require desktop effects to be enabled. My laptop can't take up ...
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How to turn off GNOME hint bubbles?

How can I disable the bubbles that pop up after ~1 sec? I don't want hint bubbles! :)
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Lock second mouse pointer & keyboard input to one window

This is basically a lite version of multiseat (see my other question): I can setup two mouse pointers (see e.g. here, here or here) and two keyboards (although my two identical logitech K200 keyboards ...
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gdm greeter configuration: Exclude all *except* for one specific user

I have Googled this one and tried so many combinations, with no success. I need the GDM login greeter to display one and only one username. In effect, what I need is something like this in ...
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No panels in Ubuntu? libcanberra-tk cannot open shared object file

I booted up Ubuntu and have a background but no panels. Everything else seems to work fine, I can get into terminal and run Firefox for instance. I can create folders on my desktop, etc. I'm new to ...
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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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Should I file bugs upstream, to my distribution maintainers, or both?

I've recently filed a bug with gnome-shell to the GNOME maintainers, on their website (upstream). However, I'm not sure whether I was maybe supposed to file it to the package maintainers of my ...
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Can you tell a window to spawn behind others?

I have a script that recompiles and relaunches a software project I am building in linux. However, I don't usually want to see my program's window immediately after it has launched, as I want to keep ...
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Configuring mouse for right+left button simulating middle click (for copy/paste)

I was using the mouse copy-paste extensively, until recently, when some OpenSuSe upgrade reconfigured this on all my machines. Now the scrollbuton is the one to paste (which I hate, since it's hard to ...
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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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Fast access to often used document

For several applications I maintain my personal cheatsheets. I use them mostly for vim, latex, vim latex-suite and bash. For example, when I forget a key combination in vim, I browse to the ...
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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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Preventing mounting some partition by user (gnome+udisk)

I'd like to prevent automounting one partition (known UUID etc. ) on one external harddrive. Others should be automounted. Distro is 'modern' (uses lots of beta software) and uses udisk+udev for ...
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How are Gnome shell extensions supposed to be managed?

I'm having trouble understanding the intended way of managing Gnome shell extensions. I can't find any appropriate programs in the Dash for doing that. The only way I can actually manage extensions ...
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Will GNOME and GTK libs bloat up my KDE?

I want to use Shutter. I installed it previously under Kubuntu and it needed a lot of libs. What bothered me most was that Kubuntu wanted me to restart, that is rare for OS's nowadays and in general ...
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Gnome: how to close all applications?

I've configured the Debian system on my netbook to shut down whenever the battery runs too low. Problem is, shutting down kills all running applications without giving them any chance to save any ...
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Open PDF previewer width specific size and position and “always on top” from command line

I'm using latexmk -pdf -pvc to keep compiling my LaTeX files to PDFs while they are displayed in evince. I'm doing that a lot with different files and I keep needing to zoom the PDF content, resize ...
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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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How to check if an application is running with a bash script

I have the gnome-run application in my home folder. I have now added the application to run when I press Meta+R (i added it in in ccsm). The problem is that if I have the gnome-run program open and I ...
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Will I be able to use old fashion interface in Gnome 3?

If i wish to use old-style interface (like Gnome 2 with global-menu and awn) in Gnome 3, will it be much of customizing and pain, or is just possible with a few clicks?
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How to change title in gnome-terminal profile

I know how to load a specific terminal profile as well as loading a config file that the terminal reads, but every time I try to set the title and save the config file, it still returns to the ...