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Creating a NAT from loopback to a remote server

My goal is to redirect connections from the local host to a remote server, and be able to change the remote address on the fly, without any client config changes. I can do this now using a nat on the ...
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Set default sound card in Pulse Audio

I have two soundcards on my systems and pulseaudio always picks the wrong one. How do I set up the default soundcard in the pulse audio preferences?
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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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Ctrl-Alt-F1 not working from X

I have a system running Debian 5.0 that doesn't respond to Ctrl-Alt-F# (1-6) Check if Ctrl, Alt, F1 and F2 are intercepted correctly... $ DISPLAY=:0 xwininfo xwininfo: Please select the window ...
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Alphabetizing names in `ls` alias with .files not intermingled

I am currently using the following ls alias: alias ls='ls -alhGkpsq --color=auto'. This results in following directory listing. [03:35] bryson@brys ~ :$ ls total 48K 4.0K drwx------ 4 bryson 4.0K ...
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Getting linux webcam state via command line or API

I would, preferably, like to know of a command I can run that will let me know whether a webcam is on/off or recording/not recording, etc. Maybe a way to see if any programs are currently accessing it ...
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How can I renew lease when it kept printing eth0 lease expired x seconds ago?

My guest VM cannot get an IP address from my host. It keeps printing: eth0: lease expired x seconds ago I've tried to start dhclient -r and dhclient and restart eth0 to no avail, see here for ...
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Cent OS 6.3 Hidden files in shell

I need help, I want to be able to check whether a file is hidden or not in Cent OS 6.3. These are often referred to as (dot) files but I can clearly see Cent OS 6.3 handling these by appending a ...
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Running Tomcat MySQL and Apache under a group

I am trying to set up a web server at home using Ubuntu, but prefer my bash scripts to be platform agnostic hence why I am asking here. I also dislike apt-get everything. I am trying to create a ...
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Debian Squeeze: connect to A2DP (bluetooth) through command line

I would like to turn my Lacie NAS into a A2DP bluetooth source, in order to stream audio to a bluetooth audio sink. The NAS runs Debian Squeeze in a chroot environment, and is connected to a Bluetooth ...
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Copy files from source machine to LiveCD

I'm working on distributing a version of Fedora to our internal development team using Live CD. There are certain files I would like to copy to the live cd that are not: part of an RPM or going to ...
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Set default Soundcard Centos

How do I set my default soundcard on Centos/Linux? I have two soundcards installed on my system and it always detects the wrong one, upon boot.
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Linux, disable /dev/fd0 (floppy)

Is it possible to make Linux kernel completely ignore the floppy disk controller? I do not have the drive but obviously my motherboard does contain the controller. I would like to disable the /dev/fd0 ...
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How do I count the exact total of created and deleted sqlite journal files?

I'm trying to figure this out. Scenario is this: A threaded tcp socket daemon with a sqlite back-end stores information in a unique sqlite2 file per IMEI ID, in an unique sub-directory per day ...
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Does free() unmap the memory of a process?

I am running a C program on Linux 2.6.16 kernel. I do not think there are memory leaks in my program however the memory consumption for the program remains stable after certain operations and does not ...
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What is the GNU/Linux equivalent of BSD's “route get …”?

The BSD route command has a feature that will show what route will be selected for a given host. For example: /Users/mhaase $ route get google.com route to: iad23s07-in-f8.1e100.net destination: ...
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Troubleshooting span traffic shutdown interface?

I'm using guardium appilance, which has one of its port used to analyze span traffic. The base os is linux. The span traffic stopped coming during some time of operations. I asked the network team, ...
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Unix and Linux without a file system?

I was reading Eric Raymond's the Art of Unix Programming, (Amazon and online) and at the very beginning of the book where he analyses what Unix does wrong he says: Having a file system at all may ...
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What mode of memory at the time linux kernel was loaded?

Can anyone tell me what the memory mode is at the time linux kernel is loaded (by bootloader)? As this link says, the memory mode is real mode then the linux kernel will ask user to choose video mode ...
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changing the partition of a linux

I have a ubuntu system as a virtual system on Virtual Box. It uses VHD as its hard disk. I manged to change the size of VHD using VHD resizer, now I want to expand the partition on vhd so it uses the ...
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Any temporary fix for / being remounted as read-only?

My disk has a few bad sectors and has already failed the SMART tests. It obviously is going down. It gets remounted to read only and I have to fsck and reboot all over again. Is it safe for me to ...
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How can I script the creation of a single partition that uses the entire device?

I am specifically using this to partition and mount EBS volumes on Amazon EC2 instances, but really this should be generally applicable to initializing any new drive. As the question says I want to ...
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Do not halt the boot if an fstab mounting fails

I have this line in my fstab: sshfs#ecarroll@o99:/opt/dealermade/ftp/inc /opt/dealermade/ftp/inc fuse defaults,idmap=user,users 0 0 For whatever reason it didn't work -- that's fine. How do I make ...
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Whole disk image incremental save and restore

I want to create a whole disk image and some incremental of them. First I created a disk backup with dd if=/dev/disk1 of=/Volumes/USBDrive/diskimage.img bs=1024k and there is my problem: how can I ...
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Running 'Leafpad' on terminal opens Gedit

I am running leafpad on the terminal but it opens gedit instead. Any Ideas why this happens? I am using Openbox btw.
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exec() and system() system calls

I do understand that while exec() does not return after it executes in Unix ,system() may or may not return depending on the situation.But can anyone explain why exec() system call does not return and ...
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How to get 'TZ' with out '$TZ' being set?

I writing a Ruby program. I need a way to get something like America/New_York as ActiveSupport::TimeZone and require "tzinfo" can't get my current timezone. (Note that Time.now.zone can get things ...
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How to show the filesystem type via the terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tell what type of filesystem you’re on? Find filesystem of an unmounted partition from a script How can I quickly check the filesystem of the partition? Can I ...
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Partition /usr/local : Can I use the software there after reinstall?

I want to reinstall Linux OS, and before that, I think I will partition my hard disk again. (I just use a simple one partition / for root, and make Linux automatically put all other directories ...
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RAID5 recovery trying with “mdadm --create … missing”

First how I got in this situation: I had an RAID5 array with disks each 2TB (external USB-disks), I then wanted to create a larger encrypted array. Therefore I got 2 additional disks (also 2 TB each) ...
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Which “Processor family” to choose under “Processor type and features”?

I have recently compiled a minimal kernel for my Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3400 @ 2.16GHz, and chose CONFIG_MCORE2 (Core 2/newer Xeon) under "Processor type and features > Processor family" I ...
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Fetch values from plist file on Linux

I have bash script which was written for OS X and now ported to Linux. I don't have access to the Linux box. The bash script would read values from plist files using the defaults read and PlistBuddy ...
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Running rsync as a daemon for a local transfer

My coworker is trying to talk me into running rsync as a daemon on my EM server. I'm currently using rsync to copy a NFS share on my storage cluster to USB external drives so the data can be reviewed ...
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change to text console using ssh

I'm connecting to target computer through SSH from command line. Target computer is running Gnome. I need to be able to tell the target computer to change its desktop to a fullscreen text console ...
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Why kernel 3.6.2 is so much less energy efficient than 3.6.1 on Mint 13?

I noticed, that the power consumption in my ASUS P53E notebook is doubled (from 10W to 20W) when I change from kernel 3.6.1 to 3.6.2 (or later). I use Ubuntu Quantal mainline kernel from ...
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What is “link beat”?

I have a Linux 2.6 box that uses ifplugd to bring up the network. While initialising, the logs say, "Initialisation complete. Link beat not detected." and then it goes into releasing the present ...
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Fast encryption for home directory with Scientific Linux (ala' RedHat)

I have a T61 with C2D T7300 CPU/4 GByte RAM. I has SL 6.3 on it, and I ticked the encrypt VG during install. If I start a "normal" windows xp on it, its ~slow.. so.. I need a little performance boost ...
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Best distro for programming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux distribution geared towards developers I don't know if this question qualifies to be a question to be asked here. But can anyone tell me what's the best (linux) ...
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light weight disk based backup solution

Currently I am using Dirvish to backup a handful remote machines, both Linux and Windows to local disks. But Dirvish hasn't seen any updates for many years and it has a couple of small annoyances ...
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How do you increase MAXSYMLINKS

In a python script, I am creating a bunch of symbolic links chained together. example: link1->link2->link3->.......->somefile.txt I was wondering how you can change the max number of symlinks to be ...
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Boot linux bootloader from Mac OSX

Recently I was running Fedora 17 on my computer which was an HP windows based machine. Unfortunately my computer has a malfunctioning motherboard and will no longer turn on. I removed the hard drive ...
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How to disable login for an user?

My Linux has many not-human users like cron, ntp, daemon, http, etc. I want to disable anybody to login as any of this users. Real people on my machine are root and me, so only root and me should be ...
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What are EXT4 Security Labels?

During Gentoo installation of Gnome keyring, I am told to switch on EXT4 Security Labels, which is described in the kernel documentation by: Security labels support alternative access control ...
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Configuring Wireless Network

After a long struggle I finally seem to have installed the non-free wireless firmware for my wireless NIC. I'm trying to set up a file server, so I want to configure the network to be static. Would ...
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XDMX Setup Help

I have been searching for some time now, but apparently I am not using the proper words. I am trying to setup a cluster with xdmx to display all of the information from my head node, but I am only ...
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nsswitch.conf versus host.conf

Suppose that /etc/nsswitch.conf file contains hosts: files dns and /etc/host.conf file has order bind,hosts then in which order the system would use /etc/hosts and DNS look-up to resolve a host ...
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Gedit won't save a file on a VirtualBox share: Text file busy

I have a text file that I can change using other applications (for example openoffice). But when I try to change and save it using gedit, I am getting error from gedit: Could not save the file ...
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Put Linux server into sleep and wake it up using WOL packets

I am looking for a way to put my Linux home server in standby after a period without any "heart beat" network activity. I would like to use WOL packets as a heart beat signal. These packages will be ...
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Ruby on Rails missing Thor

When trying to run rails g migration a, I get the following message Thor is not available. If you ran this command from a git checkout of Rails, please make sure thor is installed, and run this ...
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How do I “merge” two text files?

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10 and at one point, it encountered an Apache config file conflict in apache2.conf. I didn't give me a merge option at that point, so I just rejected the ...