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What does high, low, negative and constant values from pidstat command mean?

I needed information on the following: Can you please tell me the inference for the following in terms of high, low, negative and constant values from pidstat command in Linux. kB_rd/s, kB_wr/s, ...
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What is a device controller, and where does it fit in between the kernel and the device?

Can someone please explain the concept of a device controller (hard disc controller, NEC PD765 compatible controller etc.). Here are some definition of key terms which might be needed for the ...
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Silencing all stdout during bootup

I am looking for a completely silent bootup of my Ubuntu Server 13.04 installation (dumped to file rather than stdout). What I want is the screen to be blacked out (eventually replaced with a logo) ...
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Find driver (which is not automatically installed) for a specific hardware

Is there some general way to find out the name of the driver which I have to install on my linux system given only the hardware name? Maybe some centralized webpage or application which gatters all ...
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how does ssh discover hostnames on the network?

We have a server on the company network named serverA, and if I type ssh serverA, it will connect my PC to this server, even though there is no entry for this server in my /etc/hosts, but I used to ...
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difference between useradd -b and useradd -d

Can somebody please explain to me the exact differences between useradd -b and useradd -d in [Debian] Linux? Both seem to work quite similar to me, but then I spot differences that confuse me.
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How to make dual boot live dvd

Can we make a live dvd with a dual boot option between Ubuntu and Linux mint? I have both the iso's. They both are larger than 800mb. If I will burn 2 dvd's, Then a lot of space will be wasted. So I ...
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How to get differences between different distributions of linux

I tried out Red Hat, Ubuntu, Kali Linux. While working on them I searched for the difference between the distributions of Linux. One thing I got was the difference in Package Management, (.rpm and ...
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Limit outgoing bandwidth on an specific interface

I would like to know the easiest way to limit outgoing bandwidth for an interface. I want to cap the outgoing port speed so that file transfers between my servers don't fail during busy hours. What's ...
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How does the screen backlight work?

Everything about the backlight settings and controls work for me except: Backlight resets to max. on every reboot/boot. The backlight minimum goes on to complete black screen, instead of the minimum ...
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Kali Linux shows strange line of code using Bash command “set”

I have Kali8 installed - it is a Debian/GNU Linux ("wheezy") based distro - and when I use the Bash built-in command "set" to check my vars from X, like in LXterminal, everything works fine, but when ...
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file has blank permissions on linux server? [closed]

Why would several files be empty and have blank permissions? For example, ---------- 1 user user 0 Jun 21 00:50 site.com/html/wfc.php ---------- 1 user user 0 Jun 21 00:50 site.com/html/llre.php
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How to check drive temperature on Linux?

I have used of hdparm -n and smartctl -A but it always seem to be a "per drive" technique as a drive may answer for only one of these tools. So, is there a standard way to get the drive temperature ...
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RHEL6 LDAP client not listing all the groups

Using sssd I have a RHEL6 client configured to login using LDAPS. The login works, but if the user logged in is assigned to more than 1 group at the LDAP level, groups only returns 1 group? Could I ...
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The rc0.d,rc1.d,… directories in /etc

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS where I have the directories /etc/rc0.d, /etc/rc1.d, /etc/rc2.d, ..., /etc/rc6.d. Example files from my machine: directory example symlinks in the dir ...
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Multi-function CapsLock without X

I would like to remap CapsLock to Esc when pressed by itself and Ctrl when pressed with another key without using X. This is similar to a previous question ( Remap CapsLock to Escape and Control ...
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multicast is enabled on ubuntu?

I have one of my Ubuntu machine- rkost@rj-vm9-14105:~/infinispan/infinispan-server-6.0.0.Alpha1/bin$ uname -a Linux rj-vm9-14105 2.6.35-22-server #33-Ubuntu SMP Sun Sep 19 20:48:58 UTC 2010 x86_64 ...
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Thread id on different linux distros

We have a server application which runs fine on ubuntu and the old Mandrake linux, but it consistently fails on Redhat Enterprise Linux (to be precise RHEL 4 Update 8, kernel 2.6.9-89). On RHEL the ...
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Permission in shmget Linux

I've been searching about 0666 permission in shmget(). I know that 0666 permission will grant read & write permission on the shared memory segment. But, how do I prove it have permission if I ...
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How do I find out what file Apache is serving when a port is hit?

I'm working on a server someone else set up. The server is CentOS 4.6 running Apache/2.0.59 (httpd). They have an update service setup on port 8443. I know it is working but I need to find out what ...
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How to recreate EFI boot partition?

I've installed Fedora on my machine with / partition, swap partition and ESP partition for EFI booting. Now, I was installing Elementary OS instead of Fedora. I have formatted the / partition ...
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Setup Linux backup with Bacula and Webmin

Hi guys I'm having troubles finding a good documentation to setup an easy and possibly web oriented backup solution for one of our CentOS 5.4 file server. The things I need to accomplish are the ...
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How can I install latest VLC player in cent os 6.4?

I have installed cent os 6.4 in my laptop, I want to know the method of installing VLC in cent os 6.4, Is it necessary to download the vlc package and compile or can I use ''yum install vlc'' to ...
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Execute remote programs and completely detaching it

I need to execute a remote application (named ConnectionManager), which uses the ncurses library, on the remote server launching it from a local pc. ConnectionManager is a program wich use ncurses ...
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Where does Mutt put deleted messages if no purge is performed?

If I delete one or more email messages in Mutt and then say no when it asks (when changing folders or quitting the program) if I want to purge the deleted messages, what does Mutt do with them? After ...
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Should I file bugs upstream, to my distribution maintainers, or both?

I've recently filed a bug with gnome-shell to the GNOME maintainers, on their website (upstream). However, I'm not sure whether I was maybe supposed to file it to the package maintainers of my ...
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Mounting by block address

Is it possible to do a partial mount in Linux? Lets say that you have 1 partition or one device file that contains 50 blocks. You want to write one file system to blocks 0-24, and something else in ...
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sensors Information about degree of adapter

In this Image (output of sensors): On the top, just below radeon-pci-0100, it says temperature +511 Deg C, does this really mean 511, will this not blow up my laptop?
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Problems with USB goflex 2 TB

I am using CentOS 5.5 and have been using cpio to write backups to a 2 TB GoFlex USB drive. This drive worked great for over a year, but am now running into a problem and not sure what to do. When ...
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Starting Qt Application On Startup for Embedded Linux

I'm trying to get a Qt application to launch immediately after booting up. When booted, the Linux image does nothing more than launch an X server and a terminal. It also has the cron daemon running in ...
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Setting up a RAID 1 in Funtoo [closed]

In short Following the guide How to Set Up a RAID 1 Under GNU/Linux, I have setup a RAID 1. Checking the RAID Array for validity in various ways, appeared to be normal. However, after rebooting the ...
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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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How can I create my own distro and include a custom kernel & packages? [closed]

I wanted to know how to add packages to the Linux kernel and then package it to a ISO or CD for friends. Thanks in advance and please don't point me to LFS - Linux From Scratch!
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Unknown source sends “AT+GC” into /dev/rfcomm0 opened by BlueZ

I'm testing a bluetooth application running on an Android device. I registered a dummy service on the device and opened the RFCOMM channels to it from the PC running Ubuntu 12.04: bluez-test-serial ...
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Compiling PHP-FFMPEG Extension

cd ffmpeg-php* phpize ./configure --with-ffmpeg=/usr/local/cpffmpeg make Then I end up with the following issues on my make: ... ... ... /usr/src/ffmpeg-php-0.6.0/ffmpeg-php.c:86: warning: ...
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How to upgrade Linux version without breaking the original settings or configs? [closed]

I want to upgrade my linux version to an upper level, but I am afraid of by doing that, it will format the original settings or configs on my machine. So is there any way that we can avoid this ...
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Parse XML to get node value in bash script?

I would like to know how I can get the value of a node with the following paths: config/global/resources/default_setup/connection/host config/global/resources/default_setup/connection/username ...
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Maintain different Dropbox locations for one Dropbox account on different hosts

We've got a user who is asking if it's possible to keep two config.db's, and use one or the other based on the host name, for the same Dropbox account (not two Dropbox accounts). For example: ...
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Which linux distribution is best for multimedia and gaming? [closed]

I am looking for a Linux distribution which has good multimedia and gaming support for my laptop.
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Is my approach to performance testing in Linux environment correct?

I want to do performance testing in a Linux environment for a C++ application. I need to measure the CPU & Memory usage of the application. This application is a multi-threaded application. In ...
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How to keep dotfiles system-agnostic?

Due to work I have recently started using OS X and have set it up using homebrew in order to get a similar experience as with Linux. However, there are quite a few differences in their settings. Some ...
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Does kernel: EDAC MC0: UE page 0x0 point to bad memory, a driver, or something else?

kernel: EDAC MC0: UE page 0x0, offset 0x0, grain 0, row 7, labels ":": i3200 UE All of a sudden today, our CentOS release 6.4 (Final) system started throwing EDAC errors. I rebooted, and the errors ...
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Bash operator & not working [closed]

As per the bash reference, we can give a non-blocking command by ending it with an ampersand(&) character. However, when I try the below command its not working: python -m SimpleHTTPServer ...
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Issue partitioning with paragon partition manager

I have 4 primary partitions. One of them is a Windows partition and one of the others is a 100MB system reserved partition. I want to convert my other primaries to logicals and place them into one ...
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What happens to the old binary when a new one compiled from source?

I've compiled git from source after git from the repository was already installed via the package manager. In that process, the "from source" git took its place as the "main system git". ...
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Is there a way to disable a plasmoid toolbox that pops up while mouse is over the widget/plasmoid?

When you hover any plasmoid, a vertical toolbox appears to the left. The toolbox contains the resize, refresh, settings and remove buttons. Is there a way to remove this small panel appearing on every ...
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issue installing fedora 19

I'm sorry I know this is not the place but I'm kinda dead in the water here. So I'm completely new to Linux an I wanted to install Fedora 19 with my Windows 7 (dual boot) but when I go through the ...
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Current environmental variables of a process

This question relates to this answer. Is it possible to get the current (not initial) environmental variables of a process by making a child process and checking its initial environmental variables? ...
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Recover Linux ext4 partition formatted to hfs+

I have a Linux partition formatted to ext4 and I accidentally formatted it with Mac OS X Disk Utility to HFS+ (Mac OS X Extended Journaled). I tried to recover it with http://www.r-studio.com/ on ...
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FreeBSD Base packages

Recently, I've stumbled upon an interesting question about the difference between Linux and FreeBSD (Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux?) and found there a link to this site. I've read that ...