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Which was the very first music player application for Linux?

I'm writing an article about FOSS and Linux music players. What was the very first music player application for Linux? Was there ever a time when the players didn't support proprietary formats like ...
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Dual boot - Kubuntu and Windows 8 - how to?

I recently installed Windows 8 on my computer. These are the specs: Fx-8150 CPU 8 GB RAM ATI HD7870 120 GB SSD 2 TB HDD Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (rev 1.1) (only bios but EFI mode possible ...
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Dependencies problem with automake

I am using automake on Debian Squeeze for compiling a very simple C project with 6 source files. The issue comes when I try to compile the sources using the generated Makefile. One of the sources ...
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Auditing Linux: tell me to what IPs a connection was established

I need a command, or something that runs as a cron job, that logs what IPs my machine is communicating with, what ports, and what process did it.
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“Packing” linux up onto USB drive

I have been using my Linux Mint Nadia for some time and customized it a little, I was wondering if I can "pack it" onto a USB and make it into an ISO which I can boot on another computer and it will ...
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Installing a secondary drive in CentOS 6

I am new to Linux and CentOS so I may not be sure of the exact question to ask. It may be best for me to tell you what I have done. I installed a secondary 500gb HD to use for file share storage. I ...
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When running a terminal, I get the default bash prompt

Whenever I run a terminal in Linux (Centos), my console line starts with: bash-4.1$ During the Centos installation, I created a user 'mark'. Later on that day, I needed to change the name to 'john' ...
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How to remove a package for the current user?

How can I remove a package for a given user but leave it installed so that other users can still access it? I'm using Ubuntu 12.10.
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How to blacklist a correct bad RAM sector according to MemTest86+ error indication?

MemTest86+ (the version included with Ubuntu 13.04) says Failing address: 002f796c48 - 759.5 MB What should I specify in the memmap kernel parameter to bypass this area? I've tried running ...
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files in /proc/$PID (e.g. ssh-agent, Chrome) are not owned by user but by root

I am just answering another question here :-) and thus had a look – wanted to have a look at /proc/$PID/fd of ssh-agent in order to find out which socket it uses. But I can't. I am quite surprised to ...
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Missing icons in Nautilus

I've installed Fedora 18 (x64) minimum and I installed Enlightenment with Nautilus. But I see that there are icons missing in Nautilus, I have selected the gnome icon theme so I must be missing some ...
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What are these commands for?

Yesterday I had to install a Windows with its Grub override. Well, it's not the first time I had to fix Grub, so I used LiveCD, mounted the root partition (I don't have boot, just / and home) and ran ...
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Clarification regarding behavior of shell script along with pipe

I need help understanding the behaviour of the following shell script. #!/bin/bash echo "First more" more $1 echo "First echo" echo $1 echo "Second more" more $1 When I run the following command: ...
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/dev/console points to tty0?

I've been trying to understand the /dev/console device, but there are a few things I'm not clear on: What is the purpose of this device? From what I can gather it's just a place for the kernel to ...
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LPIC-1 for non-professional experienced user

I am interested in trying out the LPIC-1 certification however I am slightly worried that I may not have the needed professional experience to pass. I am still studying hard and running a lab with a ...
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How to safely replace a not-yet-failed disk in a Linux RAID5 array?

I have a software RAID5 array (Linux md) on 4 disks. I would like to replace one of the disks with a new one, without putting the array in a degraded state, and if possible, online. How would that ...
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grub2: how to bypass “press any key”?

I recently updated my motherboard and moved my grub2 onto EFI partition. I have same grub menu, but after I select a menu entry and press Enter, a message "Press any key" comes and the loading stops ...
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Explain EV in /proc/bus/input/devices data

Can anybody explain to me what the EV value in /proc/bus/input/devices is? The keyboard always has value 120013. Why?
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Crunchbang as an optimal OS?

I have a small netbook that I've been using for all of my learning to program/learning to *nix needs. It is pretty underpowered (1gb RAM, 1.66hz processor) and has a dire battery life (under an hour ...
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linux + match IP ADDRESS with 3 octets or with 4 octets

how to match IP address with 4 octets or with 3 octets in one command? target - match xxx.xxx.xxx or xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx ( syntax should fit for Linux and Solaris ) how to merge the following commands ...
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Is there a way to 'authorize' a command typed in by a user?

is there a way we can authorize a command typed by a user before it takes effect? For example, when a user types cp file1 file2, the command will not be executed and a root / root-equivalent user ...
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How many files is equal to 1 inode

I am quite confused about the i-nodes. They say delete files to reduce the i-nodes but I have deleted 100s of log files from different cpanels on my server but inode count is still the same.
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Integrating custom kernel module into Debian

I've built a kernal module from source and now would like to load the module at boot. The .ko file is in the build directory in my user folder, and I know it works because running insmod ./vizzini.ko ...
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debian cannot install kernel source

I want to use debian linux for my laptop again. So I took my old debian 6.0 cds and installed it. From the last time I know, that I have to build the driver for my Atheros AR8151 Gigabit Ethernet ...
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Increasing Accuracy of Synaptics Touchpad - Arch Linux

Here's my current problem with my Arch Linux installation. The touchpad is horribly inaccurate. And by that, I mean, I cannot click links without having to sway back and forth. I've been resorting to ...
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Reading from a serial interface

I have a serial device running which I need to read data from(I have absolutely no control over the device itself) except reading its output; using hyper terminal in Windows I am able to detect a ...
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Decode Flags for Kill Command

I am new to Shell Scripting. I saw this Command on a Book for Linux shell Scripting $ kill -HUP 1234 >killout.txt 2>killerr.txt I know what the command does, but i am not able to understand ...
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nohup and screen not working when running program in background?

I don't why but my screen command running on server is stopping on its own. Therefore I tried to use nohup. e.g: nohup bzcat a.bz But when running nohup it is giving me nohup: ignoring input and ...
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What is the relation between the Linux device drivers “domains”?

As I'm reading about the Linux device drivers and power management API I keep encountering terms like "system level", "subsystem", "platform", "class", and so on. What is the relation between them? ...
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Unable to chown recursively

I'm using this command: chown root:www-data /var/www/example.com -R but I get an error message that the directory is not listed. What is wrong?
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How to format large Size HDD quickly

In windows we can do a Quick format just by right clicking the device and boom format. In linux How to do the same I mean if the size of HDD is 2TB or more it takes along time to format using ...
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davfs2 keep files cached longer

I'm using davfs2 to sync with my box.com account and I'm trying to play with the cache settings to get more Dropbox-like functionality. I've noticed that after I don't open a file for a little while ...
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How frequently is the proc file system updated on Linux?

How frequently is the proc file system updated on Linux? Is it 20 milliseconds (time quantum)?
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Get network information through Ubuntu Terminal

Is there a command where, when entered outputs information such as: If the network connection is wired or wireless if it is a wireless network, the name of the wireless network How strong the signal ...
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cleaning /dev/md0 filesystem ( raid) [closed]

I have a CentOS server using raid. The /proc/partitions contains: major minor #blocks name 8 0 976762584 sda 8 1 104391 sda1 8 2 921600855 sda2 8 3 55054755 ...
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What's the easiest way to decrypt a disk partition?

I made a mistake of encrypting the entire LVM physical volume (contains both home, root, and swap) when installing a CentOS 6.4 (2.6.32-358.6.1.el6.x86_64) box. I soon came to realize that moving ...
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Rearrange partitions to install a second Linux distribution

I am new to Linux and just got some foggy idea of partition tables. To be precise here it is: Model: ATA ST3500418AS (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition ...
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Cross-process dup on Linux

I'd like to dup a file descriptor running in an unrelated process on Linux. I know about sendmsg(2) and SCM_RIGHTS (e.g. ...
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Virtualbox NAT + Host-Only Adapter

My host is Ubuntu 12.04 and guest is a Debian squeeze (LAMP server). I want to allow the host to connect the guest. and allow the guest to connect the internet. The guest should not be enabled from ...
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What Linux Distro contains support for Killer E2200 Ethernet chip?

I've been very interested in switching over to a Linux based system lately. I've decided I'm going to dual boot, but my primary machine will be the Linux system. I found that Ubuntu 12.04 didn't have ...
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Is it possible to specify groups in /etc/security/capability.conf?

I've been inspired to start playing around with Linux capabilities again, my pet project is to replace the setuid on a lot of the binaries and provide access to additional privileged utilities to ...
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Is Linus Torvalds a hacker? [closed]

Maybe wrong place for the question, but I couldn't find the answer. The wiki says he's software engineer and hacker. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds) Is it true? I must tell I haven't ...
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Transfer a Fedora system to another computer

I'd like to transfer my Fedora to a remote machine. Fedora is under Grub 2.0 and on the remote machine there is a Centos system and Grub 0.97. In fact, I have two questions. First is how to properly ...
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Can I share /usr/local between multiple Linux distributions?

I tried Ubuntu 12.04 and based on my understanding I made the following partitions: 2GB Swap (I have 2GB of RAM) 1GB /boot, since I'll be installing different kernel versions (I'm starting kernel ...
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Grep to search directories for patterns inside a text file

I have a file where it contains a list of search patterns (searchPattern.txt). Its contents is similar to the contents below where there are 3000+ of them. 123456 234567 345678 . . . What I wanted ...
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Setuid bit seems to have no effect on bash

I was experimenting a bit and noticed something strange: setting the setuid bit on a copy of bash located at /usr/bin/bash-test seemed to have no effect. When I ran an instance of bash-test, my home ...
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What does the package UPower output if on a desktop

On Ubuntu 12.04, if I use the command: upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0 It will output all of the statistics for the battery. However, what does it output if I am using a ...
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udev: How do you identify the physical device that a sys device belongs to?

I have several USB modems that each have several endpoints: lot of TTYs, a network interface, a cdc-wdm port, and some other things. I'm trying to group them together so that I know, for instance, ...
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Upgrading dpkg on 64-bit debian

Recently I tried to install Steam on my debian, but I ran into a problem. It requires dpkg version 1.16.2 (for multiarch) but the one installed on the system is 1.15.8.13 The problem is that running ...
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Can't delete system email

While running Postfix on an Ubuntu, I have acquired a number of test email in an account usr1, and now I want to delete them before starting other testing. However, every time I try to delete using ...