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Why don't you need to update drivers? (Or do you?)

In my life I've not once updated drivers on any of my Linux systems, though they have all been desktops. A friend was asking me why one does not need to update Linux drivers and I found myself unable ...
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Is it possible to overwrite your mounted OS partition with dd?

I was just wondering if I could run the following command on my mounted OS partition i.e. the one I booted from: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M I can't really experiment with this because ...
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Error mounting dir from ext4 file system

I am trying to mount a directory on a ext4 type file system onto another linux box. Both boxes are on the same network [root@localhost]# mount -o rw x.y.z.w:/home/lab /devbox mount: wrong fs type, ...
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Stacked filesystems with write-back

I need to setup a system where a laptop and a desktop computers coexist. The idea is, I bring the laptop into the network and the laptop syncs the /home directory( with some exceptions) with the ...
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Is there a good way to encrypt and store a mailbox while still being able to quickly access and search it?

I am wondering if it is possible to : Store a mailbox in a way that the system administrator (ie: root) cannot see it User(s) with the valid credentials would be able to see it AND be able to search ...
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Too many smtpd daemon forks?

I have many forks from smtpd in my process list on my webserver. What does this mean? Is my mailbox full? postfix 2662 0.0 0.9 106336 4856 ? S 17:37 0:00 smtpd -n smtp -t ...
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I changed my hostname, rebooted and lost internet connection

I set a new hostname on my machine using: sudo hostname NEWHOSTNAME Then I restarted, and tried accessing the internet and nothing happened. I checked the hostname and it was set to localhost....
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ld-uClibc.so missing

I am trying to run an executable on Angstrom Linux, but ash tells me -sh: ./myEx: not found I've checked with readelf the program interpreter and it is root@beagleboard:~# readelf -l myEx | grep ...
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Linux Rename File Beginning with “--” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete a file whose name begins with “-” (hyphen a.k.a. dash or minus)? This is an awkward one, I have received some files from a windows machine which ...
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Location of application files?

Does Linux/Unix have a unified location for Application files, like "~/Library/Application Support" on Mac OS X? I'm making a Python script that will need to store permanent but changing data, and I ...
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How to get better desktop performance in linux?

Normally I do not care much about desktop - performance, since my servers do not run any gui. But at home I run some older hardware (Pentium) which gets sometimes very sluggish (mouse-movements in KDE)...
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Under Mint 12 and the latest version of the Enlightenment window manager the battery monitor gadget doesn't report correctly

Can anyone give me a clue where to look to fix it, and, can anyone point me to a good replacement?
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dhcp: Host name lookup failure

I changed configuration of /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1 and used ifdown and ifup to reset it. Then used ifconfig eth1 dhcp start it does not work and say:dhcp: Host name lookup failure. ...
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How to test the touch screen on embedded devices like iPhone / iPad / Kindle? [closed]

I want to test the touch panels on embedded devices like iPhone, iPad and Kindle against following criteria: Do a gesture, like tap, swipe, pinch ( zoom in/out) 10000 times and validate that every ...
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Kill all processes related to an application

I have two processes that are temporarily spawned and I need to kill them. Here are the processes from ps aux david 38329 0.0 5.0 3916476 104624 s002 S 11:33AM 0:17.43 /Applications/...
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/etc/crontab permissions

The /etc/crontab file has the permissions: -rw-r--r-- I understand that this file is for system cron jobs and other users should not have permission to modify it. The current permissions allows all ...
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Why does CentOS not have an NTP drift file?

It seems that CentOS does not have a ntp.drift or similar file. In /etc/ntp.conf, it says that you can use /var/lib/ntp/drift as a drift file but this file does not exist. Does CentOS does not ...
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Needs help on setting up kernel keyboard mapping

I already got the keycode from kernel, but acpi_listen won't recognize it in Arch Linux: # /usr/lib/udev/keymap -i /dev/input/by-path/platform-thinkpad_acpi-event Press ESC to finish, or Control-C if ...
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changing name of some files in bulk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Rename all the files within a folder with prefix “Unix_” how can I rename multiple files by inserting a character? Is there a way to make a change in name of some files, ...
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CentOS network connection breaks every 5 min

I installed CentOS 6.2 about a month ago and it worked fine. Two days ago I saw that the internet connection is broken, so I reconfigured it. I was able to use it but after a few minutes it broke ...
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Booting linux from SD Card on a Leopard board (Ti DM365)

I have a Leopard board with Ti DM365 processor. Problem is that I tried to flash the bootloader (uboot) to nand and landed up corrupting the NAND. Now I can't use the NAND to bring up the board. So I ...
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How do I install a device driver provided as a .bin file?

I am a new Linux user and am struggling installing a driver for a usb WiFi device I want to use on an embedded system (BeagleBone). When I download the driver for the chipset (Ralink 2070), it is ...
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How can I test the RAM for data corruption on an ARM-based system?

I have an embedded device. It is ARM based, with Linux 2.6.31 and has 256 MB RAM. I wanted to get some ideas/tips on what is the most effective way to test the device RAM for data corruptions. Is ...
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Retrieve deleted files on Linux VM guest

I use Ubuntu on VMware to learn how to use Linux. I used rm on some folders and mistakenly deleted some files from /etc. I have some very important files on it. Is there a way to retrieve that files, ...
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linux with 3.2.x kernel [closed]

Is there a major Linux distribution that uses 3.2.x kernel?
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Suggestions for a Linux distribution for a dedicated SFTP server

I have a desktop which has more than 16GB of memory that I want to dedicate as an SFTP server. Many people have suggested that I install Linux, so I have decided to go with Linux. I am puzzled and ...
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Why am I gettting errors about unpackaged files while trying to build an rpm?

Trying to package up wget-1.13.tar.gz into a rpm (I am re-learning this process) and I'm running into these errors when I do a dry run. error: Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found: /etc/wgetrc /...
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/dev/tcp not present in Linux

I am porting C/pro*c code from UNIX to Linux. The code is: #define __NFDBIT (8 * sizeof(unsigned long)) #define __FD_SETSIZ 1024 #define __FDSET_LONG (__FD_SETSIZ/__NFDBIT) typedef struct ...
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vmlinuz and initrd not found after building the kernel?

After configuring and building the kernel using make, why don't I have vmlinuz-<version>-default.img and initrd-<version>.img, but only got a huge vmlinux binary (~150MB)?
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Where to find acpi mailing list?

Was this mailing list dead: Acpi-devel -- Defunct ACPI Development Discussion List What other source can I utilize , just want to find the developers of acpid
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Which edac module should I enable here?

I got a Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz CPU here , not sure which module should be enabled for EDAC: Chipset: Inter Coporation 6 Series/C2000 , driver in use: i801_smbus
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Setting mailman to reject message when max_num_recipients exceeded?

I'm trying to configure a mailman list I run to reject messages when max_num_recipients is exceeded, but instead it insists on putting the message into the moderation queue. I've searched for details ...
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Keyboard and mouse do not function in Debian

I powered on my laptop running Debian kernel 3.3.0. After the boot process starts the X server and KDE, my keyboard and mouse do not function. Keyboard input works when I use the Recovery Console, and ...
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SSH login with clear text password as a parameter? [duplicate]

I need to login to a user that I've created on a remote host running Ubuntu. I can't use an ssh key because the ssh login will happen from a bash script ran within a server that I won't have access to ...
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Linux from Binaries

I thought Linux from Scratch was a pretty cool tutorial, but I felt having to wait for everything to compile was a bit nerve-wreaking. Is there a tutorial similar to LFS except pre-compiled binaries ...
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assigning files of a group to another one

I want to delete a group using groupdel command, but before doing this I want to assign all files belonging to this group to another one is there a way to do this? I know that I can use find / -gid ...
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acpi_listen returns different result in Ubuntu than Arch Linux

Ubuntu is able to detect my Lenovo "Mic Mute" button with acpi_listen, but when I try it on Arch Linux, there is no output available. Model: Thinkpad X220 4290LY9 Tried to add acpi_osi=Linux in ...
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What happens if I put these directories chmod 000?

I have this server I administer. I have some users that have email accounts on that server and use stuff like horde to read their emails on that server. The server have a limited space and these users ...
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How To See Which Ports Are Open On A Particular Firewall

Using the terminal I was wondering if it would be possible to see a list of all the active firewalls on a particular system that I have shelled into. I want to be able to see which ports are active ...
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UID of a deleted account

How can an administrator find the UID of a user that's been deleted with the userdel command?
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Why do we need an expiration period?

Why is there a gap between the expiration of an account and its complete deactivation, when one can no longer log in or change his password when it became expired?
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Is there any (good) SQLite GUI for Linux?

I'm looking for a SQLite graphical administration utility for Linux but I can't seem to find any (I found an extension for Firefox I'm not a user of that browser). Is there any that you know of?
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EUI64 and ipv6: how to use own EUI64 for IPv6 autoconfiguration

As I heard the extended unique identifier (EUI-64) can be used as the lower 64 bits of a IPV6 address. How can I set my own EUI64 = ( IEEE_company_ID + manufacture_ID) on the interface on Linux SUSE ...
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When can one reboot from inside a chroot environment?

Sometimes when I chroot into some folder , I could use reboot to reset my box, but sometimes I can't. So I want to know why I could do that sometimes and why. UPDATE The chroot environment is ...
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No effect of umask and chmod on mounted drives

The windows drives are mounted at boot-time using pysdm. The setting were nls=iso8859-1,users,umask=002,sync,user,dirsync,uid=mtk When I try to change the permission of files using chmod, I don't ...
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Is it possible to trigger OOM-killer on forced swapping?

Is it possible to have the system preemptively swap out inactive pages (vm.swappiness), but invoke the oom-killer when the system runs out of RAM (as opposed to running out of memory) and is forced to ...
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Why was fsck priority introduced in /etc/fstab?

Inside the /etc/fstab file, in the sixth column, there is a number that corresponds to whether a filesystem should be scanned for errors. Possible values are: 0 - skip 1 - high priority 2 - low ...
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Debian and system clock change?

If I change my system time on Debian which files would be modified? Would it be /etc/default/rcS? Also, is default time on Debian Dec 31 1969?
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Job to keep a count of XML files

My friend works in a IT company where he is required to keep a count of XML files inside a directory (including subdirectories). However the count using ls -LR | grep .xml or similar takes a lot of ...
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Do I have to list modules in both `/etc/mkinitcpio.conf` and `/etc/rc.conf`?

I've added few modules into mkinitcpio.conf. Are they automatically loaded at kernel boot or with udev if I don't specify them in modules list in rc.conf?