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Merging /usr/bin and /usr/sbin into /bin (GNU/Linux)

I've read quite a number of discussions about people wanting to merge /bin and /sbin into /usr/bin. The same cannot be said for doing it the other way around. Is there any technical reason why one ...
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How is the order in which tar works on files determined?

$ touch dir/{{1..8},{a..p}} $ tar cJvf file.tar.xz dir/ dir/ dir/o dir/k dir/b dir/3 dir/1 dir/i dir/7 dir/4 dir/e dir/a dir/g dir/2 dir/d dir/5 dir/8 dir/c dir/n dir/f dir/h dir/6 dir/l dir/m dir/j ...
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Building GNU part of GNU/Linux [closed]

I have successfully built the Linux Kernel 3.13.6 and ran it in QEMU. Since it is just the kernel, it will eventually complain that it cannot find init or sh, etc. Therefore, it is necessary to ...
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How to install libevent tmux?

I've been trying to install libevent / ncurses / tmux into '$HOME/local', but am having an issue running .configure for tmux. What I am trying to do is install it as follows: TMUX_VERSION=1.8 ...
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My grep (GNU grep) 2.5.1 does not obey backslash character and special expression

I'm trying to follow a section in The GNU Grep Manual but my expression isn't working. Is it my grep version? Red Hat 5.5. $ rm file $ echo 'hello world' > file $ grep 'hello world' file hello ...
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What is the `[` program that resides in my system's /bin?

I was recently browsing my Fedora's /bin folder and noticed a binary named [. I did try to search the internet for more information on that, but I couldn't find anything useful. Running it through ...
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less command runs out of memory

When searching for string (no regex etc.) in large file less filename and less -b 1 filename quits or prints it cannot allocate memory. top shows less using roughly about 5% of memory before it dies ...
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How to create a gnu tarball that can be extracted by solaris tar

I am maintaining a legacy cygwin (with GNU tar v1.21) system and a legacy Solaris 9 system. The configuration of the Solaris 9 system is fixed and cannot be upgraded (i.e. I can't install gnu tar for ...
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Common flag designations and standards for shell scripts and functions

I have been adjusting to using GETOPT and GETOPTS in my shell scripts and custom functions to enable me to use the functions that I create more flexibly. After using a number of UNIX functions I have ...
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Translate GNU ps flags to standard flags

I'm using oh-my-zsh and its ssh-agent plugin on OSX, but lately somebody upstream decided to use ps x. I'm not entirely sure what that even does, since I haven't used a GNU userland in something close ...
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texinfo: Can I write non-english info files? Such as Chinese, and how?

Most gnu manual files use info, write a texinfo then makeinfo produces info files, it's great. Can texinfo contain non-English characters then produce non-English infos or pdfs? How can I write ...
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Disable GNU Indent backup files

I am using GNU Indent to format C code in my project. By default backup files are created ending with a ~. I don't want to have any backup files created, is there a way to disable it?
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What is the difference between Unix, Linux, BSD and GNU? [closed]

What is the very fundamental difference between Unix, Linux, BSD and GNU? Unix was the earliest OS, so the term 'Unix like' is understandable, since they have kernel, file system structure, most of ...
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In shell config scripts, how can I account for differences between coreutils on BSD compared to GNU?

Up until this month, my shell configs have been pretty simple (just a .bashrc or .bash_profile with some aliases mainly), but I have been refactoring it so I can get different behavior depending on ...
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Parallelize a Bash FOR Loop

I have been trying to parallelize the following script, specifically each of the three FOR loop instances, using GNU Parallel but haven't been able to. The 4 commands contained within the FOR loop run ...
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What are the differences between bsdtar and GNU tar?

I've always used GNU tar. However, all GNU/Linux distributions that I've seen ship bsdtar in their repositories. I've even seen it installed by default in some, IIRC. I know for sure that Arch ...
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What kernel for ARM architechture, Linux or BSD? [closed]

I'm a computer sciences student and recently started a project with the engineering department that involves an onboard ARM processor, the question is what sort of operating system, kernel and ...
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What makes a distribution GNU and are there Linux distributions, that are not GNU? [duplicate]

So GNU/Linux is an operation system, consisting of several programs at a minimum: Linux kenel, gcc, gnu-binutils, Gnome desktop, etc. What makes a Linux distribution GNU? Is it the tools, with which ...
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What are the numbers after program names in Linux/GNU documentation? [duplicate]

I see numbers in parentheses after program names and it confuses me. For example, perldoc mentions that perl grep is "similar in spirit to, but not the same as, grep(1) and its relatives." What does ...
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Is it possible to run pure GNU?

On the GNU Project webpage, there's a subsection called "All GNU packages" which lists the various software in the GNU project. Are there any GNU distributions which use only these packages -- i.e. a ...
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Mac OS X command-line tools - differences from FreeBSD

As I understand it many Mac OS X command-line tools (like ls, cp, chmod, chown etc.) are imported from FreeBSD. Which version of FreeBSD contains the command-line tools most compatible with the OS X ...
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What exactly do we mean when we say we are using Linux?

I was going through an article on GNU which goes something like below There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: ...
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Were all Unix commands re-written in Linux?

I would like to know which commands were re-written for Linux and which were retained from Unix? I'm new to Linux.
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Why gnustep-config outputs nothing for any parameter?

Regardless of what I run: gnustep-config --debug-flags gnustep-config --objc-flags gnustep-config --base-libs It outputs nothing. How would I debug this? PS: the OS details: Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS, ...
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Richard Stallman compares Linux with Windows [closed]

I'm posting this here, because I really don't know any other place that could answer this. I'm curious about switching to Linux. I'm referring to this video: ...
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Can the GNU Project be seen as a distribution of Linux? [closed]

When Linus Torvalds was asked in the documentary Revolution OS whether the name "GNU/Linux" was justified, he replied: Well, I think it's justified, but it's justified if you actually make a ...
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Is the GNU Coreutils copied from Unix?

Linux itself is not a copy of Unix because one can argue it simply conforms to the POSIX standard. However, how about the GNU Coreutils which contains utilities like ls, cd and rm, etc...? Is there ...
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What are the main differences between BSD and GNU/Linux userland?

I've read a lot on Unix & Linux about BSDs and GNU, etc. But I still don't understand what some actual, practical differences are between BSD and GNU userlands, despite the fact that they are ...
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Find the location of /gnu [closed]

I'm working on my university server and trying to find the location of /gnu. I know that it is installed with the latest version as I get the correct version using:g++ --version On using find find ...
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What is GNU Info for?

I understand what GNU Info is and how to use it, but what is it for? Why does it exist in parallel to the man pages? Why not write detailed man pages rather than provide a separate utility?
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Ignore Symlinks when Extracting Tarball

I have a relatively simple question that I cannot seem to find the answer for. I am attempting to extract a tarball (*.tgz, to be exact) and receiving terminal errors on extracted symlinks. ...
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Free gnu/linux distribution for web server [closed]

I would like to ask if anyone has tried using any 100% free software distro as server OS. Either directly on hardware or through a virtual machine. What where the most important shortcomings? I came ...
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Why isn't Linux embraced as the official GNU kernel?

While I knew for quite some time the existence of Hurd, and its mission as the official GNU Operating System kernel, I was wondering how come Linux is not embraced as the official GNU kernel over the ...
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Are Icecat and Iceweasel different projects?

I was interested in finding Firefox 'clones' in Linux when I heard about Icecat and Iceweasel. But while Icecat can be installed with sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnuzilla-team/ppa && ...
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How to interpret the explicit references to GNU in the LSB specifications?

The LSB is a specification, and as such, should be provider neutral. But it contains many “hard‑coded” reference to GNU at many places. Ex. the ELF Linux's specific entries PT_GNU_STACK, PT_GNU_RELRO ...
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brcmsmac does not work

I am attempting to enable my wireless interface in Slax Linux, so far, I know the driver I need is brcmsmac, since I have a broadcom card; and this work in Slackware. The driver is available and does ...
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Wifi AP with ASUS USB-N10

I am trying to configure wifi AP with subj device. According documentation in web, it requires master mode hardware support and hostapd software. It seems I have master mode: # iwconfig ... ...
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Difference betwen grep pattern ^$ and ^

I understand that grep matches all the blank lines for the pattern ^$. But what does just ^ means. When I gave grep '^' filename. It matched all the lines. Also grep '' filename matched all the lines ...
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How to recover grub after Windows installation

Usually when we install Windows after installing GNU/Linux, we usually lose the Grub. Which is the best way to recover grub when we lost grub or what are the possible different ways.
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How can I downgrade gcc 4.6.3 to 4.4.3?

I have gcc-4.6.3 installed in my PC.but for my project I need gcc-4.4.3 version. I do not mind removing gcc-4.6.3 but I badly need gcc-4.4.3. How can I downgrade? or how can I keep two gcc and make ...
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at daemon creates empty tasks

I have problem with atd daemon. If at is called by non-root, it creates task, but it is empty (content of /var/spool/atd). I do not remember what I have done before it broke that way. What else ...
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Where can I find mailfromd RPM's for CentOS 6?

I have been trying to locate an RPM for GNU Mailfromd and it's dependencies and have been quite surprised to find it absolutely nowhere on the 'net. Only place I could find any RPM's were for ...
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Installing install-info

I do not have root privileges in my system and I have noticed that I don't have access to a install-info binary, even though I need to install an Emacs package (CEDET). In the past, whenever I had ...
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sed on OSX insert at a certain line

So I've been using 'sed' on linux for a while, but have had a bit of difficulty trying to use it on OSX since 'POSIX sed' and 'GNU sed' have so many little differences. Currently I'm struggling with ...
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Install only a few GNU coreutils?

Is there a way to build and install only a few of the GNU coreutils? The README in coreutils-8.19.tar.xz lists 100-odd, but the INSTALL doesn't say how to install only a few, and the Makefile is (to ...
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Does Android break GPL? [closed]

Just got curious. If Android is based on a modified Linux Kernel and its source code is closed, doesn't it violate the terms of GPL2, that GPL-derivatives must also supply their source code, "Liberty ...
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What's the difference between “dir” and “ls”?

I have compared the man pages of dir and ls and they seem to be exactly the same. Both are part of GNU coreutils and "list directory contents". The only difference I've seen so far is that dir ...
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“tar --exclude-backups” does not exclude files with tilde at end

If I have the following directory: $ ls -a foo . .. a #a# a~ b b.bkp c .git .hg .svn and call: $ tar zcf foo-no-bkp.tar.gz --exclude-backups foo/ The resulting archive still has backup ...
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Is there a practical use for the GNU factor command?

Looking through the GNU Coreutils, I spotted the factor command, that I had never noticed before. Reading the man page: Print the prime factors of each specified integer NUMBER. If none are ...
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tmux: execute a process in the current pane, redirecting stdio to/from the pane

GNU Screen has a command called exec that will launch a subprocess and optionally let you do things with its file descriptors, including tying them in your window. I frequently use :exec !! sx -b ...