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How to clear terminal completely?

When we use clear command or Ctrl+L in terminal, it clears terminal but we can still scroll back to view the last used commands. Is there a way to completely clear the terminal?
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Run script on screen lock/unlock

I'd like to run a screen if the Gnome session is locked and unlocked. Is there a way that I can intercept this and perform certain actions when the desktop is locked or unlocked?
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Tiling windows in GNOME

How can I get tiling windows in GNOME?
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GTK - Enable/set dark theme on a per-application basis

Is there a way to set gtk-application-prefer-dark-theme for an application? This is normally set in the code by the application. Apps such as Eye of Gnome and Totem turn it on. I want to, as a user ...
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Why do most linux distros default gnome? [closed]

Why the default desktop environment of most popular linux distros is gnome? KDE seems to me an equally good desktop environment. Is it for licence reason? historic? or else?
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How can I lock my screen in Gnome 3.8 without GDM?

There is no "Lock" option showing up in the user menu, and the standard shortcuts (Ctrl+L or Ctrl+Alt+L) don't do anything. I'm running Fedora 19 with Gnome Shell 3.8.3, and XDM 1.1.11. I'm using ...
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How do I tell what program is asking for a password?

I'm getting an occasional "Authentication request" dialog from Gnome, and I don't know what program is asking or even which account it's talking about. [email redacted] is an email address of mine, ...
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Can a Gnome Terminal profile use UTF-8 by default?

I am on an Ubuntu (I think) system. I don't have root, so I can't change the locale. I want to make my default terminal profile use UTF-8 by default. There should be a way to do this, either in the ...
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Mouse clicks stop working after random time, using Awesome WM + Gnome

I'm using the Awesome Window Manager together with Gnome in Linux Mint. I experience the following problem several times a day: Suddenly the mouse partially stops working, which means that I'm still ...
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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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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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How can I tell *which* application is asking for access to gnome-keyring/Seahorse?

Whenever I log in on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 I get a Seahorse/gnome-keyring prompt telling me an application wants to access my keyring. It isn't the network manager, because if I cancel the request ...
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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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Correctly setting environment

I'm using zsh and gdm to run gnome. Some time ago I discovered that variables are not set correctly. For example LANG/LC_ALL are incorrect ("" instead of en_GB.UTF-8). I split the .zshrc into .zshrc ...
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What happens when I press “Shut Down” from the GUI?

I have been banging my head against this for quite a while now. It's related to this question. I would like to find out exactly what happens when I choose to shut down my Linux box from the GUI. This ...
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How can I run a script during GNOME logout if I don't have admin privileges?

I want to run a script before I log out of my GNOME session, to warn myself if I have forgotten a pendrive plugged into the machine. However, all solutions I have found have not been enough for me: ...
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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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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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How do I tell GNOME to reread my ~/.profile

GNOME reads ~/.profile upon login. When I change something in .profile (for example LC_MESSAGES) I want gnome to reread the .profile file without logging out and back in. In bash I can tell bash to ...
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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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Debian Live-CD user password

I am trying to use Debian live from an USB, however I do not succeed in logging in… What is the standard user and password to get access? I have tried searching this question on the internet and ...
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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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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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Gnome stop grabbing my emacs keys

I am using Gnome in Ubuntu 11.04. I work a lot in Emacs, and I find that the Gnome window manager grabs some of the Emacs keys. To some extent, I can stop this by laboriously going through each of ...
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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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Restart GNOME without restarting Xorg?

sometimes happens that some applications crash and make Gnome desktop unstable for example the upper bar vanishes. by restarting X ctrl+shift+backspace i can reset it. but is there a way just to re ...
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How do I configure the GNOME gdm login screen?

I recently installed Arch Linux and have it mostly set up. With many other Linux distributions, there is a tool that is used to configure the look and feel of the login screen. I would like to change ...
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Portable encrypted container

I want to store some data encrypted to carry around with me (this includes some scans of relevant paperwork, my TAN List for online banking, my gnupg and ssh keys and stuff like that). So not really a ...
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Display problem - Random grid appears on screen [closed]

I have recently started using Arch with nvidia driver (I had a lot of problems getting nouveau to even work so I decided to try nvidia) and I started experiencing rather odd problems. Every now and ...
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Is there a “Open terminal here” from File Browser?

Something equivalent to Windows' "cmd prompt here", that will open a gnome-terminal on a specific folder?
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Is is possible to use KDE as well as Gnome on a machine?

Is it possible to install KDE and Gnome on your machine (using Fedora) in such a way that when you boot, you can specify whether you want to use KDE or Gnome. Even better would be if you can switch ...
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how do I prevent Xorg using my Linux laptop's display panel?

I have a laptop (~5 year old HP compaq nc6400 running Fedora Linux) that I use most of the time as a desktop machine. It is plugged into a docking station with its lid closed and connected through ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to adjust the formatting of the date/time in the GNOME 3 login screen and desktop?

I'm specifically looking to change the formatting in two places: On the desktop, the date/time reads "Sat 21:05". I would like it to read "23-Jul-11 21:05" or "23 Jul 11 21:05". In other words, I ...
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Is locking the screen safe?

See USB driver bug exposed as "Linux plug&pwn", or this link Two choices [GNOME, Fedora 14]: Use the gnome-screensaver Use the "switch user" function [gnome menu -> log out -> switch user] ...
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How do I make a gnome window only available on some workspaces?

Disclaimer: Actually using Debian here, not Ubuntu, but I am knowledgeable enough to find the right packages, and compile my own if needed. I am a rather heavy user of the Multiple Desktops ...
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What's the difference between Debian Standard and Gnome?

I was wondering, is there any differences between Debian Standard and GNOME versions? Isn't Debian under GNOME by default?
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to make a window occupy half the screen?

Is there a keyboard shortcut I can use to make a window occupy the left or right half of the screen? I'm using a modified version of Ubuntu. On Mac I just use Divvy but I'm not sure if there is a ...
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Which run dialog

I just switched from the standard Gnome window manager to Openbox (still running inside Gnome) and like it a lot. However, now I need a new run dialog, e.g. the thing popping up when hitting Alt+F2 in ...
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Why does F10 in gnome-terminal open the right-click menu?

I am running Fedora 17 gnome (shell) 3 and gnome terminal 3.4.1.1. I am a user of both gnome-terminal and midnight commander. As default gnome-terminal has always used F10 (which I need while using ...
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Is the “computer:///” address only something symbolic, or can it be used somewhere?

I am using Linux Mint 15 (Mate). When I double click the Computer icon on my desktop to see the available drives, the address bar of file manager (Caja 1.6.1) shows this address: computer:///. Is this ...
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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 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 to run commands automatically on gnome-terminal after log-in?

After each login, there's certain commands that I run on specific tabs of gnome-terminal. This is a tedious process, so can this be done automatically?
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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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Disable automatic screen lock in XFCE in Centos

I have a generic install of Centos 5.8 with XFCE 4.4. Pretty much all defaults. As is, after a certain amount of idle time the screen locks (goes black, requires a password to continue). How do I ...
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GNOME 3 Ctrl+Alt+D (show desktop)

I recently upgraded my system to GNOME 3. In previous versions of GNOME, the key combination Ctrl+Alt+D would hide all open windows and show the Desktop. This shortcut was eliminated from GNOME 3 ...
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Is there any way to assign shortcuts to Nautilus bookmarks?

I have added several dirs as bookmarks to nautilus and I want to know if there a way to assign keyboard shortcuts to some of them.