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Is automake and autoconf the standard way to compile code?

I sometimes compile apps from source and I've either been using: ./configure make sudo make install But recently, I came across ./autogen.sh which generates the configure and make scripts for me ...
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What are the best general purpose programming tools to complement Vim?

I've been using Vim as my text editor for a little while now and I feel like I'm taking the long way to do anything. I use ctags to tag my code base for navigation and I use grep (although ...
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Binary compatibility between Mac OS X and Linux

Brace yourselves, this question will likely appear naive and/or foolish, seeing as I am relatively new to the inner workings of unix like systems, and programming in general. Ready? Ok! I will go ...
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Is there a way for linux to pick up the phone?

I know that there is a way to make Linux dial out using a modem. Is there a way to program Linux (using a library/device) to pick up the modem (record phone calls) etc? see caller id?
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What is AT&T’s Link Editor Command Language?

The man page for ld makes reference to AT&T’s Link Editor Command Language, however a Google search does not offer a satisfactory explanation as to what AT&T’s Link Editor Command Language is ...
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Use of O_DIRECT on Linux

If this question is too programmer oriented, let me know. I wonder if there are people familiar with the O_DIRECT flag for the open() system call on Linux 2.6? Linus disparages its use, however high ...
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When can I edit strings in an executable binary?

I have an executable binary; let's call it a.out. I can see the binary contains strings $ strings a.out ... /usr/share/foo .... I need to change the string /usr/share/foo to /usr/share/bar. Can I ...
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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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Where is best place to find sources of standard linux command line tools?

Into: I like learning by reading sources. But it's tiring of searching them across internet splited on many many different project sites. I'd love to see central browsable repo with sources of many ...
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What does Unix programming mean, exactly? [closed]

I thought I understood what the term Unix programming meant, but now, after reading about it in a kernel/C programming context, I feel like I need to clarify the meaning of this term. It is not clear ...
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How does “top” command show live results?

How can I write a shell script that shows the results in real time? Something like the top command that updates the results after some fixed intervals of time.
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Use the command bar in bash without I/O?

I really like the look of the output of bar But that script is only used for Input/Output operations. How can I use it as a replacement for sleep but with visual feedback? sleep 10
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Which programming language is best to begin with as a total beginner? [closed]

Ok here is the deal after playing with Linux distros for best part of 4 years, I have a great urge learn some coding. However I'm a bit undecided as to which programming language to begin with. Word ...
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Usage of inb, inl, inw to access kernel space from user space

What are some user space examples of using inb, inl, and inw to access kernel space in Linux?
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Progressbar in bash to visualize the time to wait

In a bash script sometimes you need the user to wait some seconds for a background process to finish. I usually use for example: sleep 10 How can I add a kind of progressbar to the script, so the ...
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default wordsize in UNIX/Linux

I was inspecting the preprocessed output of my C program and happened to look at the header file wordsize.h It is located in /usr/include/i386-linux-gnu/bits/wordsize.h the file contains only one ...
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Linux on a tegra tablet for programming

I would like to use a tablet for some mobile programming. It would be nice to read a pdf and immediately try the code on the same device. I've found various videos and tutorials how to get Ubuntu ...
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Implementing a Unix shell in C: Logging

I am currently working on implementing my own UNIX shell in C. The basis of the shell is working, you could find the source code here. Right now my next task is to implement a logging feature for the ...
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Right-align comments in vim

I'm writing C code using vim and are searching for a possibility to right-align my comments so that they all end at col 80. To give a short example: int a = 80; /* initialize a */ int b = 7; /* ...
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Concatenate all commentary about source files in a directory tree

I am working on a multitude of projects involving codes in Fortran. They are in a directory tree involving 10 to 20 folders, each of the codes is in a 'src' folder. What I am looking for is a simple ...
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Is there a Linux for an MSM7227 tablet with USB keyboard and touchscreen stylus drivers?

I have a ZTE V9C 7" tablet with 800MHz MSM7227 processor, Snapdragon family (ARM architecture?), Android 2.3, and I want to have a (very lightweight) Linux running on it (I know Android uses a Linux ...
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What does the term static variable mean in unix speak?

From the section 2.7 of the book - The Linux programing Interface named Process memory layout : Data is defined as the static variables used by the program. What is the significance of the word ...
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Is there an equivalent book/resource to “The Linux Programming Interface” for FreeBSD? [closed]

Most of you here are probably aware of the famous The Linux Programming Interface, which presents a truly masterful guide to the Linux and general POSIX APIs. I know that much of the general POSIX ...
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Developing software on linux

What tools or IDEs do I need to start developing software on Linux in C++? Can I work using C#? What are necessary skills in order to know to develop software on Linux? I mean what is required in ...
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Is the Unix Programmers Manual relevant for Linux?

I've been looking for an all around Linux Programmers manual but there isn't one... So that leads me to ask if the Unix Programmers Manual is relevant for Linux? The manual is here: ...
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Windowing system strictly for code editing? [closed]

I'm a usability obsessive and I can't help dreaming about how nice it would be to have a windowing system configured for nothing but editing code... mostly it would be ultra minimalist, with just ...
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Keeping program GUI front-end and CLI functionality separate

In Linux a lot of programs have a CLI version and a GUI front-end. I read somewhere that this follows the linux philosophy and is good practice. Of course it's true from a developers perspective to ...
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What graphical programming language does OpenBox use primarily?

Is there a specific graphical language that OpenBox uses for most of it's apps, or one that it likes to run with? For example how KDE uses primarily QT for it's apps, and also includes a large ...
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Extract name of file without extension in shell script [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way to remove file extension from a string? How to rename multiple files by removing the extension? I have a metric boatload of .txt files I'd like to load into a ...
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Storing one bit of information in user space [closed]

I'm writing a program that collects network data. I need to store one bit of information, a simple yes/no, somewhere so another process may read it. I have several options: writing a 1 or 0 to a file, ...
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Can you use LXC through C?

I want to use LXC to 'container' plugins my application is loading. Am I able to do this through C? I have been Googling a lot about it, but there don't seem to be any headers, only scripts that can ...
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What is the command or hotkey for stopping a running program in DrJava?

I installed DrJava about a week ago. Its been working fine so far but I ran into an infinite loop and wanted a way to stop the program from running without having to force DrJava to quit. Is there a ...
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How synchronize two disks (or folders) using symbolic (or hard) links (like rsync)?

I'm searching a tool or a shell script or another program to synchronize two or more folders or disks. But it differs of rsync tool, because, I don't want to duplicate the missing file, but do a ...
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How to install Scala?

Please note: I have to use the source package, not the prebuilt package from the repo (it is broken, at least IDEA complains). From the page: http://www.scala-lang.org/downloads I downloaded ...
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m4 macro using variable number of tabs to line up a column

This is the macro I have so far: define(`debug_macro', ` #ifndef $1_DEBUG #define $1_DEBUG'forloop(`i',`1',eval(5-(len($1)/4+ifelse(eval(len($1)%4 == 0)), `0', `1')),` ')dnl`0 #endif ') The goal ...
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How to determine the wordsize in Linux kernel programming? [closed]

In userspace code, the macro __WORDSIZE is used, included in <bits/wordsize.h>. However, when I do Linux kernel programming, the __WORDSIZE seems not available. If <bits/wordsize.h> is ...
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Linux user interface programming? (esp. for Python and Fortran)

What are my options for programming a GUI in Linux? I have several programs in Fortran and Python that I would like to create simple UI's for. I also plan on incorporating graphics in the form of ...
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Bash loop new user

I have to create 20 users on 10 servers. I want to create a script that will create 20 users for me on the server (that's easy with useradd) and encrypt the password. I have my variable $crypt=perl ...
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How many sections can I create in object file?

I'm following the course of Baking Pi – Operating Systems Development. In it they created another section .init. So can we create as many sections as we want (not just .data, .bss, .text) and can we ...
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How do I keep 'indent' from moving curly braces to the next line?

I have several empty inline function definitions in C++ like so: class C { void foo(){} void bar(){} }; now if I run indent -st -i4 -nut test.cc in order to just fix the indentation I get ...
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Managed code programming languages in Linux

Is there a .NET-like managed code programming environment in Linux? I've heard of Mono, but I don't see it extensively used -- even now Python can be seen used in most open source projects. Edit: ...
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What was the old linux game for programmers, simulating a life on a grid of pixels? [closed]

I remember about 10 years ago in the official Linux repository there was a program, simulating a life of creatures on a grid of pixels (each occupying one pixel). The point of the "game" was in ...
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Kdevelop project setup with symlinked files not seeing custom include paths

So I have a crazy project setup (well, it's only 1 file that needs this crazyness). First, I'll explain the setup. So I have a file on my dropbox. I want to include that file in a Kdevelop project, ...
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How kernel allows a process to receive network data that do not belong to it? [closed]

Each process is assigned with port number when using network resource. A process can only send and receive network data from its assigned port number. How kernel allows security programs like IDS, ...
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Set auto completion for a new filetype

I have a file, which contains lines of function name, now I want to use them for code auto completion, and only for file names end with .XXX. How should I do it, is it possible to work with ctags or ...
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On shutdown, do un-mounting drives happen before shutdown signal handling?

So based on my understanding of the Unix/Linux shutdown process (which is highly limited I admit), I think at some point these steps happen: 1. mounted drives get unmounted 2. a termination signal ...
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Adding timestamp before each STDOUT line inside perlscript

In a perl script, I am capturing all the STDOUT and STDERR using the below code: open STDOUT, '>>', "$log_file" or die "Can't redirect STDOUT: $!"; open STDERR, ">&STDOUT" or die "Can't ...
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Is there a tool that automatically inserts and updates a script header block for e.g. shell or Python scripts?

I found scripts by a former admin who scripted quite nice things with Bash or Python. All his scripts are well formatted and equipped with a always similar looking "script header" or "code header", I ...
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Running a program and providing input

I have a program that runs from the command line. As soon as it runs, it asks for a text value and expects the return key to be pressed after that. Is that possible to create a bash script that runs ...
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Passing a parameter to a dstat plugin

I wrote a simple plugin (dstat_externalBackup.py) for dstat to monitor the filesystem free space and placed it in /usr/share/dstat and it works as intended. € dstat --externalBackup 3600 extern free ...