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Graphical Btrfs tool

Is there a graphical tool for creating Btrfs sub-partitions and in particular, subpartitions like "GParted" or "system-config-lvm"? I'm running Debian squeeze. In response to the first comment, Btrfs ...
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How to manage fedora services and daemons using the GUI?

I am using Fedora 17, I need a GUI program to start/stop and enable/disable services and daemons. I have installed "system-config-services" but it did not have enable/disable feature(run it with sudo)...
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How do I change my monitor's gamma settings?

How do I change my laptop monitor's gamma settings on Linux Mint 9 (preferably using a GUI interface)?
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Building a kitchen appliance: stream, surf, touch screen, boot fast

I want to build an appliance for the kitchen. It is supposed to play music (files, streams, CDA), surf the web (recipe sites!), maybe play video (files and streams) display todays agenda during ...
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Can I attach a GUI process to a “surrogate X server”?

I have been in a situation where my desktop has crashed and become unresponsive. (In my case it was the Cinnamon DE, and I have yet to try cinnamon --replace from the commandline, BTW) I was using a ...
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Can I force myself to enter a password when run certain processes?

I frequently work in an environment where, lets call them "pranksters" may gain access to my console. I am diligent in locking my screen whenever I walk away, but given enough time someone gets the ...
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Minimal gui for Eclipse Indigo on Ubuntu

I'd like to install Eclipse I could use via VNC on a minimal Ubuntu 10.04 installation, but without the unnecessary bells and whistles that come with gnome-desktop. All I really need to do in an X-...
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security model of Linux password entry

Whenever a Windows application wants to do something requiring administrator privileges, my screen goes black and a prompt comes up, asking if I want to grant administrator privileges. I understand ...
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How to create GUIs (such as menuconfig) with lxdialog

I try to generate a menuconfig by my own with the help of lxdialog (source: lxdialog). Unfortunately this is not so well documented as I wished for. Example: So what I did: I included these files (...
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Disabling an Xorg server's extension at runtime (for new clients)?

I have an old Xorg server whose "Render" extension seems to be buggy (if enabled, most of the fonts are invisible, unless hovering over them -- after upgrading the packages with X clients and ...
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cannot access hidden LXDE panel

Thinking that CPU and RAM information would clutter the primary default panel, I decided to create a separate side panel to display it optionally. I then set the panel to hide at 0 pixels and can no ...
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Debian Jessie getting a black screen on startx command

I installed Debian Wheezy with the GNOME GUI, and then upgraded to Jessie using the terminal. After the upgrade was done, I tried logging out and logging back in, but it booted straight to command ...
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personal document management system

I'm looking for a personal document management system that would: track changes in documents in a configured directory tree save new files to a content repository (thus allowing of their versioning) ...
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Copy a random selection of files

I have a car stereo that won't play all my mp3s (5k files totalling >32GB). There's probably some sort of parsing or filesystem problem but I can't figure it out (there's no debugging output I can ...
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stop/start gui on debian

I would like to start Debian without the GUI and then just type commands in to launch the desired programs (which are located on my local machine), eg $ chromium-browser & I already do a ...
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Changing user password through GUI app

I was making a GUI application to manage users and groups in Linux! I'm done with the part where it creates a new user, but stuck with the part where it gives the newly created user a new password. ...
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Recovering Invisible screens and dropdowns on linux

The terminal has gone invisible , although I can type commands and they get executed: Even some firefox download dropdowns are invisible, I can click the items in the drop down list but the list ...
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Automating tasks on a website on a headless server

I want to automate a task which can only be done on a website (with prior login) on my debian server. There is no public API available, so I can't use one. Is there a way to do so? I thought about a ...
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How to identify if Num lock or Caps lock is turned on in RHEL 6.6?

My Thinkpad T430 has no visible indicator if a num lock/caps lock is on/off is there a way to notify on screen when turned on/off?
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Is there a graphical sudo (kdesudo, gksudo, su-to-root, …) tool that works passwordless?

Apparently gksudo is not obeying /etc/sudoers, neither does kdesu. Therefore asking the other way around... Is there any su-to-root, gksudo, kdesudo, etc. alike tool, that supports starting gui ...
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How to set the path OSX applications use

I'm running Mountain Lion 10.8.4, and have my environment all customized through ~/.profile so that when I run GUI apps like Sublime Text or Eclipse from the command line open /Applications/Sublime\ ...
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How do I create a dialog with multiple text fields using zenity?

I want to crate a GUI for some command line programs and I need to get info from multiple text fields e.g. 'Username', 'Password' and a checkbox 'Sign automatically?'. I need to set particular ...
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how to make my bash script look 100% like a GUI app (so user never sees terminal)

I created a bash script using kdialog (and it runs on Kubuntu 12.04). The GUI is used for every user interaction (after the first one). However, the script still has to be launched from the terminal ...
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I need a very light weight GUI to run under Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) with a twist

I am in kind of a pickle. I have a VPS, for which I am paying next to nothing and grandfathered in. Therefore I am unwilling to part with it. And I want it to perform a smidgen more by making it ...
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Can terminal window titles be updated while a process is running?

I'm trying to set a little pomodoro/countdown timer for myself in the terminal. This comment on Superuser offers a handy little shell function that will act as a countdown timer, which printfs the ...
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How do end-user processes, desktop environment and windows manager communicate with each other?

In Linux, each process communicates with each other through kernel. As far as I know, X11 is a server which means it is a process. I read somewhere (cannot remember the source, will provide later) ...
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Closing a GUI window from the command line

I often run scripts to transform a CSV file which I then preview in LibreOffice. I often open the CSV with xdg-open file.csv. However, if I run that command when the file is already open, ...
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Removed /var/lib. Can't open Desktop

Well, I'm pretty scared now. I was trying to delete a folder by sudo rm /var/lib/texmf -r but instead, wrote sudo rm /var/lib -r I read some documentation about it, and found this thread. I ...
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`login` from X session

I seem to remember it used to be possible to login via a GUI terminal. This was useful if (e.g.) you added yourself to a new group and want to use those privileges without stopping X to log in ...
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Replacing LXDE with XFCE, startx issues

Apologies if this seems straight forward but I've recently downloaded XFCE to replace LXDE environment on my raspberry pi running raspbian. I did this by using sudo apt-get install xfce4 and ...
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How do I find the running GUI environment from the terminal? [duplicate]

It is a quite basic question, but I couldn't find a satisfying answer anywhere: How do I find out from the terminal what is the running GUI? The system I'm working on is quite minimal, all I can ...
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How to display a (zenity/GUI) dialog to the user after a root cron task has completed

I have a simple periodic cron task that must run as root. I want to use Zenity (or similar) to display a GUI informational dialog to user 1000 (or logged in user or all users) when the cron task ...
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Theme config files for programs of common GUI toolkits

As a follow up to my previous question, I learned that theming in windows (when using a tiling window manager) could be achieved by modifying config files for the different GUI toolkits, for instance ...
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Is there an XML file editor for Linux with grid view support?

I have been using Altova XML Editor on Windows for a long time. It has a wonderful feature that lets you view XML files in "grid view." This makes life easy when reading very complex XML. My question ...
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Is there any way to resize scale application GUI window?

Is there any way to run an application scaling its GUI window? (Well, I'm using MATE but hope for universal solution). For example, up scale small window of an old game running under wine on high-...
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Realize a multiseat system with a polarized 3D-monitor

Besides playing 3D-material, modern 3D-TV-sets (using polarization technology) offer the possibility of dual-play. While 3d-playback works with different polarization for the left and the right eye, ...
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Slow system after running a KDE GUI application from a Debian Squeeze chroot

I have a PC with Ubuntu 11.04 and a Debian Squeeze chroot installed in it. As soon as I start any KDE application from within chroot (and installed there), e.g. Kompare for viewing git diff output, ...
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Mac equivalent application “shortcat”

There is a mac application called Shortcat and it make me envious. For those of you averse to clicking links here is a summary: Keep your hands on the keyboard and boost your productivity! ...
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Tools to visualize file size distributions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to understand what's taking up space? Are there any tools in Linux for graphically visualizing the distribution of file sizes under a given path? I am looking for ...
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Keeping program GUI front-end and CLI functionality separate

In Linux a lot of programs have a CLI version and a GUI front-end. I read somewhere that this follows the linux philosophy and is good practice. Of course it's true from a developers perspective to ...
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Is running GUI apps on server a security issue?

To edit system files for example /etc/named/named.conf, I use: su - Password: gedit And then opens and edit above like files, instead of: nano /etc/named/named.conf or: vi /etc/named/named....
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How to install GNOME 3 on RHEL6?

I am using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, it has Gnome GUI, but it is very simple and not like Ubuntu's GUI. I want to install/upgrade my GNOME Desktop Environment to its latest release. How can I do ...
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Centos GUI not working

I installed centos 6.3 Final . But after rebooting it stuck and doesn't show GUI
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How to operate as root in GUI?

Following the standard recommendation I use my Linux system with a normal account and switch to root only in special cases. When browsing the file system using GUI sometimes an error pops up - You do ...
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Theming in tiling window managers?

I am trying out tiling window managers like scrotWM, and have noticed that GUI programs start with a "theme" (or lack, thereof) that looks like the bland Redmond theme. Is there a way to specify the ...
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GUI library or Window Manager using HTML [closed]

Ok... You want some clarity? Being a programmer this sort of question always has conditionals. Are there any DE's or (more generally) DE backends that support building (scripting) or rather modding ...
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Start window in specific size and location, is there a general tool can do that?

Is there a general program, that start my GUI program, and able to specify the size and location of this program ? Not just X programs, but also other GUI libs.
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Time Machine with GUI for Linux Mint for newbie

I try to find Time Machine for Linux Mint which has GUI and is easy to use for Linux newbie. Similar features which Macintosh Time Machine has. Backups entire boot drive hourly.
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Work out the command line of a GUI operation?

I am trying to script one repetitive operation within an open-source software, FSLView to be specific. The operations are extremely straightforward in the GUI, I mean just several clicks. However, I ...
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What is the easiest way to draw graphics on Linux framebuffer?

I have some embedded Linux ARM chip with LCD display on frame-buffer. I connect to chip with serial console. I can access frame-buffer directly with low-level commands. However I need to draw some ...