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Lost ls directory highlighting after a crash

Normally commands such as ls and grep offer nice syntax highlighting for me. But my system crashed (running an ubuntu VM) and after I restarted, I no longer have this highlighting, it's all a dreary ...
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How to change cursor shape, color, and blinkrate of Linux Console?

I know I can change some fundamental settings of the Linux console, things like fonts, for instance, with dpkg-reconfigure console-setup. But I'd like to change things like blinkrate, color, and ...
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Kubuntu doesn't reconnect to Wifi after waking up from sleep

I just installed Kubuntu on my laptop and it's working fine so far, except the wireless connection is not switched on after waking up from sleep. I do have to click "Enable wireless" so that it ...
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Where to download Fedora 16

I am having a really hard time finding a place to download Fedora 16 64 bit distribution are there still places that have links up for 16th version instead of 17? A Virtual image for VirtualBox would ...
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No network connection in CentOS 6.3 Minimal under VMWare Player

I'm trying to replicate in VMWare Player the exact same conditions I have under my Dedicated Server for testing purposes. Now, the thing is that that when I try to install something, or ping ...
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free reporting huge amount of used memory [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: real memory usage I recently got access to a machine which remains rather unoccupied. I looked up the available memory and was surprised to see that so much memory has ...
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Edit a file on CentOS 6.3 Minimal

I installed CentOS 6.3 Minimal on VMWare Player, and I realized how 'minimal' the setup is... Don't have network connectivity. From what I searched on google, I need to edit the file ...
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How do I setup more then 10 loopback device?

From this answer the solution is to modprobe loop max_loop=64 Which makes me allowed to use 64 loopback devices then mknod -m 660 /dev/loop8 b 7 8 To create the devices. I did this for 8, 9, 10 ...
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Where is the core of Unix?

I know there are a lot of questions like this, but I certain this one is rare. I am a computer programmer who wants to take on the challenge of building an operating system. I want to base it on Unix ...
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Are limits.conf values applied on a per-process basis?

I'm tuning the nofile value in /etc/security/limits.conf for my oracle user and I have a question about its behavior: does nofile limit the total number of files the user can have open for all of its ...
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Watchdog script to keep an application running

I currently use an application called MxEasy on my linux servers to display video from a couple of IP cameras. The software is rather buggy and crashes occasionally. I've wrote a script that checks to ...
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linux-sunxi - make failed, undefined references clk_*

I try to build uImage for linux-sunxi on a Debian box, which is prepared like this (How To Build Debian From Source Code for Mele): apt-get install emdebian-archive-keyring apt-get install ...
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How to replace setuid with file-system capabilities

Inspired by this question here is the follow-up: As some of you may know setuid-binaries are dangerous, since some exploits use these to escalate their rights up to root. Now it seems that there has ...
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Extract binaries from pcap using command line (script)

As the title says, I'm looking for a way to extract binaries from PCAP's using the command line. I realize it is possible using Wireshark -> File -> Export -> http objects etc. But tshark doesn't seem ...
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crontab -e , then 0 * * * * = every hour… Where is stored

After sudo crontab -e (it wrote "/tmp/crontab.XXXX70pN9h" 1L, 19C 1,1 All Then I saved the file. And to check..? (how? i don't know) And to check I ps -e | grep cron 29818 ? ...
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How to use crontab (Gentoo)?

First I installed and ran crontab: emerge cron crontab -e In another console, I ran man cron, but this has no examples of how to use crontab. Where can I get examples, and why are there none in the ...
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How to operate USE flags? Is there a master class on Portage or Gentoo?

What man pages I need to read first?
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How preemption works on Linux when a program has a timer less then 4ms?

Jiffies in most Linux system are defaulted to 250 (4ms). The questions is that what happens when a program has a usleep() less then 4ms ? Of course it works as should when it is scheduled. But what ...
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Grub change loopback amount?

I'm having an issue with loopback. It looks like there is only 8. I did a search and apparently the problem is grub by default only has 8 loopback (devices?). If i look in /dev/ i see loop 0-7 so that ...
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Configure kbd and immediately profit of the changes without rebooting

I want to disable consoleblank and activates console clock vcstime which are obviously managed by kbd on my Debian 6. So I've changed the following in /etc/kbd/config file: POWERDOWN_TIME=1 ...
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Obtaining/Packaging RPM dependencies for Fedora/RHEL linux application — no network access

I currently have an RPM file with 2-3 dependencies specified in the 'Requires' section. When this application is installed using yum, it works fine and the dependencies are installed if they are ...
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Preserve scroll on Linux console switch [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I ensure that a terminal remains scrollable? I've configured really sweet keystrokes for switching between, and scrolling in, a tty (the Linux console). But, as ...
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How can I monitor disk io?

I'd like to do some general disk io monitoring on a debian linux server. What are the tools I should know about that monitor disk io so I can see if a disk's performance is maxed out or spikes at ...
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Using source routing (LSRR) - any ideas?

What I want to do is conceptually very simple, but I can't find any information or help about how to go about doing this. Basically, I want to configure my networking to use source routing (LSRR). ...
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Why does a default Linux installation run more processes than a default OpenBSD installation?

If I ps -aux on Ubuntu (or any GNU/Linux distribution) without GUI I see ~100 processes running. If I ps -aux on OpenBSD without GUI, then I get ~10 processes. What is the explanation/reason for ...
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how to solve “authentication failed” error in kde [closed]

I have KDE installed in my archLinux with kdm to login. But it always shows a notification dialog with "authentication failed" about every 2 minutes. I use a kdm to login and I have enter the user ...
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pcap and raw socket [closed]

I want to develop an application (module or user-level if possible) to create a raw socket in RHEL stealing all level-2 packets directly from kernel (without being routed or handled by other open ...
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top / htop; group process by command

I'd like to know how much resource a specific command is using. top and htop displays information on per process basis but I'd like the information to be shown on per command basis. E.g. I'd like to ...
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Wi-fi management & billing

I want to setup a wifi management & billing using linux server. But I don't know where to start. Is there any guide on how to do this? For example... When user connect to my access point, it will ...
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Installing RPMS on Centos

Is generally installing standalone rpms considered 'dangerous'? Are these affected by any system upgrades, package upgrades etc.? How about dependencies and libraries?
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Rebuilding a raid5 array from images

I have an 8 disk possibly raid5 array that was part of a fried NAS, the whole thing uses pdc20265 promise chips and some kind of embedded system on a small ide board. No clue if the board is anything ...
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Install Shutter on Centos

I'm trying to figure out a way to install shutter on Centos. Are there any repos somewhere?
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Best way to find out what Linux Version is used on a Webserver

Is this feasible? Can I find out which distro is used to host specific webpages? Whois doesn't have info for this.
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File Privileges

There is one user Lets call him B and he needs access Just to Read the File MEANS READ ACCESS and that file is own by another user A . How can I grant access to user A's file to User B.
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How do I restore authentication for Debian Lenny synaptic package manager?

My neighbor calls me to fix things when his cats walk on his keyboard and cause problems that he can't fix. This time it happened while he was running synaptic package manager. After the reload, ...
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Split large txt file into certain small file

I have a txt file which is formatted as 250,000 * 3600 (3600 rows and 250,000 column) I am going to split it into 3600 small txt which each file is 250,000 * 1. I understand the split can basically ...
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how to have root partition LVM for RHEL 5.8 64 bit on AWS EC2

I am new to this and I have to create a RHEL 5.8 Amazon Machine Image (AMI) in which the root partition should be a logical volume. I know how to create a data partition as a logical volume but am not ...
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Checking linux Kernel for RT-Preempt Patch

How to know whether a particular patch is applied to the kernel? Especially RT-Preempt Patch.
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Checklist for a painless distro-migration for a workstation: what should I keep in mind?

I have long been frustrated and unsatisfied with the setup I have at work. I have been running OpenSuSE 11.3 with great joy, but as it phased out of official existence I tried out 11.4, got lots of ...
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What's the second column of ls -l say? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the number between file permission and owner in ls -l command output? I've been using Linux for years now and I'm embarrassed to say that until now I didn't ...
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How to set up disk mirroring (RAID-1)

I have a computer with two WD 1TB drives and I want to configure disk mirroring on it. I tried setting up RAID during the installation by creating RAID partitions but that does not work for me. Is ...
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Meaning of log entries from an iptables configuration

My router has Linux as its OS. The system log has a lot of rows about iptable and klogd that I don't understand, could someone explain them to me? The iptables setup: iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING ...
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Is there any way to attach latrace to an already-running process?

I want to trace a running multi-threaded process's library calls. As of 5 November 2012, there's only one way to get ltrace to fully support tracing multi-threaded processes: you must check out and ...
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Drop_caches doesn't drop caches?

Sometimes I see my swap file is a bit bigger then usual. I tried sync && echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches to no avail. But when I tried swapoff -a it takes a bit longer but the swap file ...
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glibc malloc() uses mmap() for small blocks of memory allocation?

I learned that on Linux the glibc’s malloc() uses mmap() for very big chunk of memories and brk() is used for small allocations. However that does not seem to be the case when I experiment the theory ...
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Unique lines with unique words

Help me to print unique lines in Linux. Word examples like A B B C C D A E F G H I I J the output should be F G H I I.e., the line should be unique at first and the words in the line should ...
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Can't add large number of rules to iptables

I made a very simple bash script (echo at start, runs commands, echos at end) to add approx 7300 rules to iptables blocking much of China and Russia, however it gets through adding approximately 400 ...
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Is a shell script is a programming Language [closed]

This is the first question in UNIX: I was started shell script from 2 days before. But I have a conflict: is a shell script a special programming language for a specific shell??
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Error when restarting Postfix

I have recently purchased an SMTP server for my web app (I need to send account confirmation emails to my users and I don't want them to go into the SPAM folder, I will also be using it for email ...
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Recover MDADM Raid 5 in LVM with badblocks

I'm pretty sure I'm dealing with at stuffed RAID 5 array. Two of the drives were listed as failed in /proc/mdstat and mdadmdetails: 0 0 8 33 0 active sync /dev/sdc1 ...