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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Save custom keyboard shortcuts in Gnome

On my Debian system I've customized my Gnome (Shell) keyboard shortcuts, via System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts. Where do I find the file with these settings so that I can copy the file onto a ...
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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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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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Make mouse movements scroll when the middle button is held down

In Windows, I'm used to clicking the center button and it offering a "fast scroll" option up or down. How can I get this behavior on Linux? It currently seems to use the back button upon center click ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to raise a window using dbus in Gnome3?

I have recently shifted from KDE4 to Gnome3. In KDE you can create application specific keyboard shortcuts to raise windows. I typically create one each for firefox, thunderbird, my terminal etc. That ...
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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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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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Can I set a gnome keyboard shortcut to be a prefix key, like in emacs, tmux or screen?

I would like to setup some Gnome keyboard shortcuts to be a prefix-key, so that I can add several shortcuts with the same prefix. Eg. I'd like to be able to have Super+x be a prefix key, with the ...
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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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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 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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Where can I find the source code of libgio?

I want to study how its GFileInfo components works.
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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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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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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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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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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 ...