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Duplicating a Linux installation (Yum-based)

Given an installation based on Yum (specifically in my case, a Scientific Linux 5.1 x86_64 installation), how would I duplicate the installed programs and utilities to a new machine based on Fedora ...
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Is it possible to install the linux kernel alone?

I'm just curious if it's possible to install the linux kernel alone, or if you need to use one of the flavours. If it were possible, how would you do it? I don't need a detailed tutorial. I just want ...
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How to install Debian from USB? (Using full size image not netinstall)

I learned of a way to install Debian from USB using the netinstall image, which is fine. However it means I have to spend hours and hours downloading packages to do the install. Is there a way I can ...
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Why do some packages use 'make install' while other use 'sudo make install'

I recently installed LAME encoder on my server to convert wav to mp3 and that worked with './configure, make, make install; I then tried to install OGG encoder and that requires './configure, make, ...
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How to make apt-get accept new config files in an unattended install of debian from Repo

I am writing a script for a unattended install of a package that is in our repo, it is a software package with one of Debian's marked config files. Is there any option that I can pass to ...
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Install virtual machine as non-root?

Is it possible to install any virtual machine software as non-root user and run it ? Which VM's are possible to be installed with out need of root access ? If it is not possible what would be the ...
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How can I install ncdu on Red Hat?

The answers provided to this question doesn't help. I'ved tried yum install ncdu But I'm getting No package ncdu available
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Get list of required libraries when installing something from source

When installing something from source (say, Ruby 1.9.2), what command can I run to get a complete list of all the dependencies needed to install that application? Is this possible?
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Should I put application into /usr/local or /usr/local/share?

What are the "standards" -- should I put application (not just binary, but entire distribution) to /usr/local or /usr/local/share. For example scala or weka -- it contains examples, binaries, ...
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Installation date of Ubuntu

How can I determine when Ubuntu was installed in my computer? There was a different question posted here, but none of them is helpful.
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How can I find a Ubuntu package to use with Amazon EC2?

I'm looking to set up a new server on Amazon's EC2 and I wanted to use Ubuntu 11.04 is it is fairly new but not too new. I previously used 10.10 which I think is also very stable and time-tested. My ...
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GNU “install” -d flag — how's it work?

I'm trying to write a makefile rule to copy a directory, maintaining its structure, and since all the other rules in our makefiles use install, I wanted to be consistent. In the manpage, it says: ...
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How can I serve a Kickstart file over the network without a DHCP server?

I want to install CentOS 5.5 on two systems. I have a kickstart file. I would like to install CentOS on a system using this kickstart file. I'm reading the instructions provided by fedoraproject.org ...
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Change /dev/sd* for USB Linux install?

I am trying to install Scientific Linux 6.1 (which is literally RedHat Enterprise Linux without the branding) by booting its installer from my USB drive. The installer starts fine, but two things ...
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GUI for adding Fedora software source

Is there a GUI for adding additional software sources in Fedora (FC 13). I have a software repository that works fine when added manually (as a .repo file in /etc/yum.repos.d/), but I'd like to have ...
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Xorg Server Failing to Startup

I am having difficulty starting up the Xorg server within my Gentoo installation. I set it up via The X Server Configuration HOWTO. When I get to the part where I startx, the screen flickers a bit, ...
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What is the effect of deleting utility manufacturer partitions?

I am about to erase everything off of my hard drive and install Linux Mint I'm doing this on a Dell laptop, there is a Dell utility partition that I have never used... I have seen these on other ...
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Install Git on CentOS 5.5

I have added EPEL repo and here goes... # yum install git-core Loaded plugins: fastestmirror Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * addons: mirror.team-cymru.org * base: yum.singlehop.com * ...
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Installing Fedora from USB key

How do I load a Fedora DVD iso onto USB so I can install it from there. I've tried dd as in here: Fedora instructions but for some reason this didn't work. Here's what I've tried: sudo dd ...
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Am getting a blank screen during installation stage of Arch Linux

I used dd if=archlinux-2010.05-core-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdb to create an installation image on a USB stick and I'm getting a blank screen soon after boot-up. The last message I saw is: Waiting for ...
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What is the proper way of sharing the /usr subdirectory?

What parts of the /usr subdirectory are usually shared in common practice without introducing any system instabilities? My intent is to share share-able parts of the /usr subdirectory among VM's of ...
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Install Ubuntu over Suse without affecting Windows

I have Windows XP and Linux Suse 11 installed on my laptop for some time. I want to replace my Suse installation with Ubuntu and would like to know if it is possible to do that without affecting the ...
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Debian 6 installation DVD required

I just want to install the operating system and SSH printserver . I just burned the first DVD of the 8 avaible for the amd64 architecture. How many DVDs should i burn in order the operating system to ...
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Why does the Linux installation fail on this machine?

I have tried to install Ubuntu and ArchLinux on the machine and the installation went fine but the boot process fails with both system. In the case of Arch the boot doesn't even start. In the case of ...
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Preseeding Ubuntu 10.04

I need to preseed a dual boot installation of Ubuntu 10.04. I want partman to use all already existing Linux partitions and all free space (like the option when installing Fedora) what would that ...
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What is the preferred way to install new versions of software?

I have installed Ubuntu Server 10.10 and now I want to install some software like PostgreSQL, Nginx and PHP. But what is the preferred way to get the latest stable version of the software? E.g I ...
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How do I execute a script later?

I need to compile gcc45 on my computer and that's a lengthy and resource-intensive process for my computer, so I'd prefer to have it do it while I sleep (at night). What's the closest thing to: $ ...
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What I can I do to make the transition to some new computer hardware safe and smooth?

I normally use machine A, and I make backups of A onto a fileserver B. Sooner or later, I will lose machine A for one reason or another. Its hard drive wears out, or it gets hit by lightening, or some ...
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How to “rpm -i” a package only when an older version does not exist?

I wish to install some RPM packages from a shell script. I want to ensure that each package is indeed installed, but I do not want to update a package that would already have an older version ...
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How to figure out the exact package name of a `.so` file, so that it can be installed through `zypper`?

anisha@linux-dopx:~/tarBalls/qtFlash/bin> ./flashscript ./flashscript: error while loading shared libraries: libqtnmedia.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory ...
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Installing Fedora along side Ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 by specifying "Use the entire disk" during installation. Now, I would like to install Fedora alongside Ubuntu. I would like to know whether it's possible or not. If it's ...
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Are packages cryptographically signed in Fedora 14?

I am installing Fedora 14 and I am wondering if the Fedora packages are cryptographically signed package signatures are checked by the installer by default package signatures are checked by yum when ...
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Concept of 'mount point' while installing LINUX

While installing Linux, it asks for a 'mount point' selection. I gave it /, but I don't know the exact meaning and aim of this. Also, now I want to create one more mount point, /home in my machine ...
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Why is my Fedora 14 install failing?

While trying to install Amahi and Fedora 14 from 5 discs, I get this error: It says: A fatal error occurred when installing the module-init-tools package. This could indicate errors when ...
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Is there a way to install Arch Linux without any installation media?

I want to install Arch Linux on my laptop machine. I have created a 20GB partition to (dev/sda5) to be used as Arch Linux root partition. I tried installing using a usb thumbdrive (I don't have a cd ...
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How to make USB debian squeeze disk for PPC?

I'm using a G4 1.5ghz PPC 32bit Powerbook I followed the instructions on this site. http://mintppc.org/content/installation-mintppc-92 But could never get my powerbook to boot up from the usb ...
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Why does Ubuntu recommend download the 32-bit version?

Why does Ubuntu recommend download the 32-bit version? On their 32bit_and_64bit Page they even say Unless you have specific reasons to choose 32-bit, we recommend 64-bit to utilise the full capacity ...
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How do I install mplayer from a terminal?

I need a command to run on Linux to install mplayer. I'm not finding the command anywhere, and when I try to use the zypper command to install mplayer it tells me I am not a sudoer. What should I do?
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How to do a binary install of Python 2.7 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11?

My SLES11 box came with Python 2.6 installed. I would like to upgrade to 2.7. What is the easiest way to do this?
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Creating a completely offline installer using simple-cdd

I'm trying to create a custom CD using my own minimal debian installed setup. I just simply typed build-simple-cdd. The process was successful, but when I tested it on my virtualbox and disabling the ...
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Step-by-step guide for installation of 2 different Linux OSs and Window OS - on the same computer

Is there any existing step by step guide instructing how to install 2 different Linux OSs (say, Red Hat and SUSE), and Windows OS on the same machine? (When tried it I entangled with the partitions ...
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How to install Linux on a Lenovo ThinkPad T400

I want to completely format my computer and replace my current OS with Linux. How should I go about doing this? Particularly, how do I handle finding all the device drivers I'll need? I'm using a ...
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Difference between “make install” and “sudo make install”

Sometimes I encounter problems with using make install which gives me a permission denied error when writing to some folders. So instinctively I use sudo make install. Will this introduce additional ...
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Can't Install/Update packages on newly installed CentOS

I installed CentOS6 and it is the first time. I tried to install/update packages. But I coudn't. Here is the output and it doesn't stop. How can I solve this? [root@localhost suranga]# yum update ...
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Fedora vs. Ubuntu installation

I am using Fedora 13, and it was my friend who did the installation for me. I have used Ubuntu also and I found it more easy to install than fedora. Ubuntu uses a WUBI installer (if I am correct) and ...
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Am I installing CentOS 5.5 right?

I'll probably be in here a bit over the next few months. The only exposure I've had to Linux is just some basic dabbling with Ubuntu and using Knoppix as a recovery DVD for when things go wrong. I ...
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What Unix programs can I *not* install when I have a standard undergraduate directory account?

I'm an undergrad in the astrophysics department and I have access to the Red Hat Linux computers, but only from an undergrad account I tried installing matplotlib once, but it was a massive pain (and ...
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How should I search for packages to install on CentOS 5.5?

Backstory: Recently, it was explained to me that to upgrade any package via terminal on a linux machine, I will need to use the distributions package management system to install or upgrade the ...
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Why does 'apt-get install' suggest packages that I already have?

On Ubuntu Desktop 10.04.1, I have just run apt-get install to install a package. Amongst the list of suggested packages is ssh. I'm confused, because I am sure that I already have ssh installed: # ...
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Installing opensuse through an USB

Can anyone explain BRIEFLY as to how to install OpenSUSE through an USB?. I searched in lot of forums, but i couldn't find anything helpful. Moreover, there was something written about installing it ...