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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What is the icon between settings and lock-screen in Gnome3?

I can't figure out what the icon between my settings and lock-screen icon in Gnome3 is supposed to do. It has two states, locked and unlocked, but it's not the lock screen. When I click it, it ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Anyone know a good gui to MariaDB? [closed]

I'm using MariaDB instead of MySQL in Slackware 14.1, and I need a graphic manager like MySQL Workbench. Can anyone suggest me something? I tried using MySQL WorkBench but it could not connected with ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Debugging iptables using live packet views

Are there any CLI or GUI functions that I can use to monitor hits to iptables and watch as packets interact with iptables?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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Customized XDM-based login screen

I am in the process of creating a lightweight yet full-featured Linux disto and don't want to include a whole bunch of unnecessary or bloated software. It is supposed to run off a USB flash drive. I ...
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Filesystem content inspection GUI (like gconf-/dconf-editor)?

Within, for instance, /sys/kernel/debug/tracing, the kernel makes many settings available as files, whose contents should be read in order to see what that setting is. Of course, typing cat ...
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Looking for a GUI application to enter linux commands

I am looking for a GUI console where I can enter Linux commands in an entry widget and the result will be output in a text area widget. Is there is such software available? Something like this: In ...
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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 do I start a gui framebuffer (no X) application on startup instead of console login prompt?

I have a python application that uses pygame to access the framebuffer directly without using X. I want to start this application on startup instead of showing the console login prompt. I haven't ...
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How to copy or move to folder in Nautilus 2.30.1 like in Windows Explorer?

How to copy or move to folder in Nautilus 2.30.1 like in Windows Explorer? The only such options available in the context menu point to Home or Desktop, when I want to copy or move to another folder ...
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Making applications persist when closed (like on Mac OS X) on Linux

Once an application is first launched in OS X from the dock, it stays open in the background, even after you close all open windows for that application. For example, if I open Google Chrome from the ...
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Installing Aqua interface on Darwin

Is is possible to install the Aqua GUI on top of Darwin? I was researching this about a year and a half ago and I don't remember much about what I found out. I also was not the main person in charge ...
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Fedora GUI package installer takes very long (>15min) to start

I tried to use Linux GUI for Fedora but I did not find it intuitive than that of windows. Whenever I tried installing any software using rpm file by double clicking file, many times it stuck and ...
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Auto login for Ubuntu (or other Linux) without GUI?

I am thinking about doing an Ubuntu installation with their mini ISO, which comes only with the barebones system without a desktop environment/GUI. I remember being given the option to set up ...
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How do I disable graphical password prompt from SSH?

Sometimes SSH pops up a GUI password (or host authentity) input window, which interacts poorly with Awesome window manager, prevents copy&paste of the password and is generally unnecessary for me. ...