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Can I limit total cputime used by a cgroup?

Although cgroups seemingly allow to control the CFS bandwidth of a cgroup, I don't see a way of enforcing a cpu time limit on a cgroup. The use case is that I would like to catch student programs that ...
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How do I let an SDL app (not running as root) use the console

I want to use an SDL-based program to display graphics on the console, without having to log on from the console, and without running the program as root. For example, I want to be able to run it via ...
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How do I temporarily extract a flash drive or HDD in Linux?

Suppose I mounted a disk in this way: mount /dev/sdb /mnt/tmp I have some files opened on this filesystem and don't want to unmount it. However I want to temporarily extract the device, then ...
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Linux kernel dropping custom keyboard scan codes

I have a vintage IBM 122 key model M keyboard that I am adapting for use on a modern computer. I am using a Teensy 2.0 to do the encoding and to handle the USB side of things. I borrowed the firmware ...
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Why does hdparm see two different values for the size of a drive?

I have a 1 TB drive attached via USB. It contains an LVM physical volume filling the entire device (without any partition table). When I tried to extend a logical volume by using the entire PV, the ...
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How to set a background image for urxvt?

How do I set a tiled background image in urxvt? I have tried the following alternatives in my .Xresources file: URxvt*backgroundPixmap: /home/jgg/Pictures/tiles/escheresque_ste.png;style=tiled ...
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cabal dies on NixOS in KVM

I set up a NixOS system on KVM and installed the haskelPlatform package. Everything works fine, ghci works fine, but cabal dies without any helpful error message: [michas@nix:~]$ type -a cabal cabal ...
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Mouse scroll wheel speed far too sensitive

In my crunchbang installation with X11, openbox, my wireless usb mouse is listed at both /dev/psaux and /dev/input/mouse0. It's working fine apart from the scroll wheel, which although active, is far ...
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'OS X-like' momentum scrolling in linux?

Is there a way to make the scrolling on a linux machine (running X11) more like OS X's natural scrolling? With 'natural scrolling' I mean the fact that you can flick trough the pages, there is ...
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Does managing cgroups require root access?

I am trying to work with control groups on two different operating systems (Ubuntu and Centos). There are few concerns that I would like to ask. I am trying to create a control group using the ...
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Is it possible to set interface name permanently in Raspbian?

I'm using 2 wifi dongles. First one is used to monitor and second one is used to access internet. Even if I changed /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules as below, at startup sometimes wlan0 ...
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Understanding Broadcom setup and kernel files

I often install Linux distros form live usb/CDs. For that I would like to be able to setup my wireless without any internet connexion. I have a Broadcom chipset : $ lspci -k 04:00.0 Network ...
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Can inotify be used to watch for a specific file to be created without monitoring the entire directory?

I want to be notified when a specific filename is created. I'm looking at inotify. The IN_CREATE flag is available for monitoring a directory for any changes within it, but I'd prefer not to monitor ...
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Graph is too large for cairo-renderer bitmaps Error

Im trying to use pyreverse to generate images of UML diagrams for a project source code. When I run the pyreverse command and specify to generate .png images, it runs and then after a while, it shows: ...
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Queuing disciplines are per-interface, what happen with interfaces using same device?

I have read about queuing disciplines here http://lartc.org/. I understand that for instance band 0 of pfifo policy is prioritized over band 2 within same qdisc, but what happen when i have ppp0 and ...
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Are there any tools to test MTD/JFFS2 for Linux 2.4 kernels

I have some issues with a platform I support and I suspect memory problems. I wanted to check the Flash parts using some MTD JFFS2 test tools, I found a link to a bunch on this site. However they ...
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Screen flickers in Fedora 17

Screen flickers every 10 seconds. (I timed with a stopwatch, screen flickers every 10 seconds, 6 times a minute exactly.) I've used Windows and I'm trying to use Linux. I don't know much about Linux. ...
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How do I find out the device node corresponding to my device in SuSE 8?

I'm forced to work with a bunch of point-of-sale systems running SuSE 8. They are my client's computers. We are stuck dealing with these old systems until they get to upgrade their whole fleet to SLE ...
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How to set up an encrypted directory to be mounted only during samba access?

(This is not about restricting client access, for which ext3 permissions do the trick) I'd like to encrypt the data on my NAS drive (Buffalo LinkStation Pro with SSH access enabled, if that matters) ...
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Setting Framebuffer splash resolution when exiting X

I installed a copy of BackTrack 5 R2 (Ubuntu 10.04) to my HDD and dual-booted with Windows 7. After a bit of tweaking I set about updating the native Intel drivers because it was only allowing me to ...
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GNU/Linux, IO performance problems

I have some problems with my system performance. As I was adviced here, I used sar: $sar -u 5 and found out that the problems are caused by a low HDD performance, as I supposed (high %iowait). ...
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Automounting not working correctly for CIFS shares; weird results

I followed the guide on this page to get samba shares working via autofs: http://www.howtoforge.com/accessing_windows_or_samba_shares_using_autofs Servers and Configuration My Samba server (remote) ...
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fsarchiver error

I'm running the following fsarchiver command: $ fsarchiver restfs /tmp/backup/c0d0p2.fsa id=0,dest=/dev/cciss/c0d0p2 I get the following error: [errno=22, Invalid argument]: ...
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How to find out which process keeps tunnel interface(tun) up?

If I create a tun interface with ip tuntap add mode tun command and force it administratively up with ip link set dev tun1 up command, then the interface itself is always "physically" down: ...
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Automatically restarting process in the X server

I would like to know how to have a process that starts with the X server and automatically restarts when it stops running. I am running Ubuntu 14.04 with a KDE 4.13.3 desktop. I am running the ...
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How to generate graphs from lmbench results?

I need to use the lmbench benchmarking tool to get the system performance statistics. I am able to execute and run the results. In the results folder this is a MakeFile with this information # ...
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Is there a thing like “veth”, but without link-level headers?

When I use separate network namespace, I often set up networking there using veth: ip link add type veth ip link set veth0 netns 1 ifconfig veth1 192.168.60.2 ip route add default via 192.168.60.1 ...
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Does ZFS for Linux over stress VirtualBox?

I've been using MD raid + LVM for many years, but recently decided to take a look at ZFS. In order to try it, I created a VirtualBox VM with a similar layout to my main server - 7 'SATA' drives or ...
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What is the difference between “systemctl restart” and “systemctl start”?

I have two services A and B where B is dependent on A which means in the A's service unit i have After and Requires set to B After=B.service Requires=B.service Now when i stop the service B the ...
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Set maximum volume in Arch Linux

Recently, I purchased new over-ear headphones that have some really powerful speakers. I usually have to listen at ~4% volume to use them comfortably. Each time I restart my computer, they move back ...
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Linux - On boot do push-button-connect to strongest wireless

I'm trying to configure linux (in this case CentOS) to automatically connect to the nearest WiFi via "push-button-connect". This micro computer has no keyboard or display, so the goal is to hit the ...
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Multiple wget calls in a single session?

I have the following code to retrieve a page from a website that needs authentication (it uses Sungard Higher Education authentication): wget --delete-after --save-cookies cookies.txt ...
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Does Samba 4 actually respect Unix file acls?

After researching the subject on the internet I drew a conclusion that Samba should take into account Unix file acls. During my tests I found the opposite. Only Unix file mode bits are respected, and ...
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Discover what is cached by dm-cache

I am using dm-cache successfully for quite a while now. Now I would like to know which files are being currently in the cache. I understand that dm-cache works with blocks, not files, but since there ...
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Can't connect to some WiFis, Linux on Macbook Pro

I just recently installed Fedora 20 on my Macbook, with MATE desktop. Everything is fine at home (WiFi WPA2, connects without any issues whatsoever). Today is my first day back at Uni with the new ...
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Is it safe to use tar even if there are some characters other than ASCII in filenames and paths?

Is it safe to use tar even if there are some characters other than ASCII printable characters? For example, Japanese characters, Chinese characters, newline character etc. Are there any known ...
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high precision subsecond cronjob replacement

I am looking for a cron replacement which could run subsecond schedule, is there have any "still alive" project which serve this purpose? Currently running Ubuntu 14
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Bad/strange USB device issue: failed to shutdown/restart

On a fresh Arch Linux installation with Intel i7 processor and an Nvidia graphics card, I noticed during boot log messages related to a usb device filled the screen before it reached the graphical ...
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How can I properly QoS streaming services on OpenWRT

I'm going to start by explaining my naivete, I'm not sure, if netflix via a web browser uses the same protocol (http?) as netflix via a smart tv, for example. I'm using OpenWRT 14.07 currently, and am ...
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Replicate a complex partition structure with LUKS and LVM volumes

I have two external hard discs on an OpenSUSE 13.1 system. On one I have created a partition structure: An encrypted LVM partition (LUKS) Several volumes (10) on this LVM partition, some formatted ...
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Does Linux provide Predictive Self-Healing on x86?

Predictive Self Healing is a feature of the OS to predict, detect a fault with one of its components and automatically repair it. MINIX, Solaris OS and Linux on POWER all have this. But is it ...
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Disable USB drive from sleeping

I am loading fedora20 directly from a SATA drive connected via USB. The problem is that I will be working and all of a sudden the drive seems to have been put to sleep and nothing will work except ...
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How Does X build its modelist?

I have an embedded board running Linux 3.0.35 and X.Org 1.14.4. I'm modifying an existing framebuffer driver to support a new connector type. I'm reading the EDID, creating a new modelist using the ...
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Difference between 'sar' and 'iostat' commands

With sar and iowait, we can get CPU time utilization. But, when I executed both commands, I could see significant differences in their outputs. > iostat && sar 1 1 Linux ...
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Why are block sizes limited by page size in Linux?

In many (all?) file systems that Linux uses, including ext2/3/4, the maximum block size is the page size of the architecture Linux is running on, ie. 4KiB on x86. Why is there this limit? Might this ...
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Typing punctuation adds an accent to the preceding letter after my laptop is docked for a few minutes

I am running Manjaro XFCE. Everything worked like a charm for months now, but 2 weeks ago the keyboard configuration from my external keyboard seems damaged. Writing on my laptop itself works ...
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Stop init.d from running, and go to terminal prompt

I'm running Rasbian (Debian?) on my Raspberry Pi, and have allot of auto-starting things in init.d. But what if I want to stop them all from running, and simply break into a terminal prompt? I've ...
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Why is my swap not being activated automatically via fstab?

I've got a Linux embedded system that I'm experimenting with (the Elektor Embedded Linux Made Easy board, based on the GNUBLIN http://en.gnublin.org/index.php/GNUBLIN-Elektor). I'm using the 3.3 ...
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Have tmux wait until I SSH in, to complete rest of Tmuxinator script

After recently discovering tmux and Tmuxinator, I've been trying to set up a development environment to use. Per protocol, we aren't allowed to store passwords/passphrases in scripts. So what I'm ...
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Is Watchdog can be disabled if once it is enabled?

I created a watchdog daemon application with time interval of 30 seconds; for every 5 seconds, I am trying to hit the watchdog counter, and it's working fine. If I kill this daemon process it shows ...