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Evince fails to start because it cannot read .Xauthority

I'm logged in remotely over SSH with X forwarding to a machine running Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid). Most X11 applications (e.g. xterm, gnome-terminal) work fine. But Evince does not start. It seems unable to ...
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tail -f, but with line numbers

I'm trying to see how many times foo bar appears in /var/log/foo.log within an arbitrary amount of time on a remote server, but nothing that I've tried so far has worked. I've already got a timer ...
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terminal: non-english characters

I used to be able to copy&paste (or type if I load respective keyboard layout) any kind of characters (eg. é ö ñ ß و 好) in my console/terminal. Now I bought a new computer and it does not work ...
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What is a symbolic link made from? Understanding the structure of symlinks

I use Ubuntu 15.10 and I'm very new in Linux. After reading in Wikipedia what is a symbolic link in general, and after executing a symlink creation command in the Ubuntu Unix-bash terminal, I ought to ...
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How to make an Ubuntu time zone change stick?

I'd like to reset the timezone through editing /etc/timezone. However, after I was done editing and saved the file, the system time did not change accordingly. On the other hand, when I take ...
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Do I need a special firewall on a personal computer

I am relatively new to Linux and was wondering about security issues. Most people agree that a virus-scanner is not useful on a linux system, but what about a firewall? I am using Debian wheezy stable ...
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Auto running bash script on login

I wanted to make a script which ran automatically on login so I put it into the file ~/bash.profile, but it didnt run. When I put it in bashrc, it ran on opening a terminal. What I was doing in the ...
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To secure my data, is it good to have separate data partition (along with separate home partition)

I am installing fresh Ubuntu 15.10 on my laptop after erasing my hard disk completely. Now, what I am interested to know is whether it is good to have a separate data partition along with separate ...
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Difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Can someone please tell me the differences between Ubuntu and Linux Mint ? I thought they were almost the same thing until I downloaded Ubuntu 13.10 versions of softwares for my Linux mint 16 ...
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How do I resize a partition in Ubuntu linux without losing data?

I ran out of space in my on the drive only to find that there was another unformatted partition in the system that is available. I now want to resize the current partition to take in the empty ...
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Install Backtrack 5 r2 into running LUKS setup installed with ubuntu

One Harddisk (sda) Two Partions. With a working ubuntu running. 1) /boot 2) LVM with this virtual volumes/partions/ or whatever they are called inside: Swap Ubuntu Home Prepared for Backtrack Of ...
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restore suse grub

I upgraded my ubuntu and that resulted in its grub loader being used. I have a triboot of windows, ubuntu and suse. I prefer the suse bootloader which I was using before the ubuntu updates. I would ...
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grep: input file 'X' is also the output

I use ubuntu 14.4, and attempt to redirect the output of grep command to a file, but I keep getting this error: grep: input file 'X' is also the output I've searched for this issue and just found ...
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How to configure xorg.conf for widescreen VNC on headless Linux/Ubuntu?

I have a Ubuntu 12.10 Box configured to run headless. I've managed to boot X headless by a lot of trial and error but I still have a glitch: When booting using the monitor, it all works ok, widescreen ...
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Powertop strange results

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 and battery life decreased by 2 times. Powertop documentation says that there should be 3 wakeups per second, I have 800-900. I think it's very strange because I didn't ...
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equivalent to Ubuntu's apport-bug in Fedora or Mint?

What is the Fedora equivalent to the Ubuntu command apport-bug to submit bug reports? In Ubuntu, one can use: apport-bug <package-name> For example: apport-bug xorg To submit bug reports ...
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Remove a directory from inside using the command line interface [duplicate]

Imaging the next simple file structure within the /home/user/ directory: /home/user |--dir0 |--dir1 |--file1 My current directory is 'dir1' and I remove the ...
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Firmware for wireless card on Ubuntu/Debian?

This is a follow up to my previous question about Debian support for Linksys Wusb600n. I have tried running the Ubunut/Xubuntu LiveCDs and the WiFi does not come up. The Gnome Network Manager menu ...
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Ubuntu user disappeared from machine

Unsolved mystery - I was given a coworker's Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS machine and set up my own (sudo/admin) user on there from the command line. I switched to my user (from his sudo/admin user) and ...
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install firefox in ubuntu-server edition

I have ubuntu server edition installed and I want to install firefox inside it , I don't want full ubuntu-desktop package just a minimal setup which would let me run firefox inside ubuntu-server 10.04 ...
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Under Ubuntu, how do I set a static IP for firewire?

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop, which connects to our network wirelessly. Since it sits on my desk next to my desktop, I have a private network between the two using a firewire cable, because ...
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Massive disk corruption on Ubuntu 15.10 with dm-crypt + LUKS full disk encryption?

I suspect there's a bug in Ubuntu's default whole disk encryption setup. Here's what happens, repeatably: I make a fresh install, Ubuntu 15.10 with whole disk encryption, overwriting the whole disk ...
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Minimal install of Ubuntu

I'm fairly new to linux but I want to install it on my chromebook with crouton. Is there a way to install something like lubuntu or xubuntu without any of the software normally bundled? For example, I ...
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How to access Win7 on a dual boot machine?

I've been dual booting Win7 and Ubuntu for about 4 months and I got on it today to change the default boot on grub, because my girlfriend kept getting locked out when it reboots and, by default, goes ...
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Cron does not print to syslog

I have following crontab file - # /etc/crontab: system-wide crontab # Unlike any other crontab you don't have to run the `crontab' # command to install the new version when you edit this file # and ...
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Strange file ownership with Ubuntu

Normally we know when we create one file in Linux, the file's owner and group will set with the creator. For example, I have one user, usera, after I execute usera@srv1:$touch 1.txt I will find the ...
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RAM usage doesn't add up? (Free+used < total)

Lately I've been noticing that my monitoring script which reads from /proc/meminfo and /proc/<pid> has been showing odd readings, where several hundred MB seem to be missing. htop is showing the ...
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Update Linux Path permanently [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set a user environment variable? (permanently, not session) How can I permanently modify the PATH variable in Ubuntu? Is it possible to do it without modifying ...
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Why won't my X Server won't start as a regular user?

X won't start on my main machine. I can start it as root, but then it only logs me in as root -- I can't use my regular user account. When I start up, it flashes a black screen, then hangs at ...
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power management of USB-enclosed hard drives [closed]

With a typical USB hard drive enclosure, is the full range of drive power management functionality available? edit: moved this into a separate question: In what may be an unrelated matter: is it ...
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How to fix the error warning failed to connect to lvmetad no such file or directory falling back to internal scanning in ubuntu 15.10

I need help with my Ubuntu laptop which was working fine until recently. My desktop disappeared and all the desktop icons are gone. All I have access to is the terminal. In an attempt to fix the ...
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Backup and Restore list of installed packages and APT sources

I commonly reinstall Ubuntu and back up my APT stuff [sources, keys and installed package lists] using the tutorial at http://askubuntu.com/a/99151/371765. However I commonly also remove software such ...
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Owner of directory set to 518?

I recently installed some PHP site on a server for a customer. A guy calls me up and tells me he can't seem to upload to the img directory. I went in and took a look at the owner of said directory. ...
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Why does Ubuntu use Debian “unstable”? How does it manage to be stable then?

Shouldn't Ubuntu use Debian "stable" for stability? How does it manage to stay stable by using Debian "unstable" ?
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How to recover the partition table (Windows, Ubuntu) of an unallocated disc?

The following screenshot shows the current state of my hard disc. The unallocated part of the disc used to contain two operating systems: Windows and Ubuntu, in this order. Windows has been ...
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Error while burning DVD

I'm working on Ubuntu 13.04. I purchased a few DVDs of Sony company from a few different shops but it failed to burn all these. Earlier I had used the Sony DVD only to burn the same date & it ...
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Adding Objective C compiler to GCC 4.7.2

I finished building the GCC 4.7.2 with C, C++ and Go compilers on my Ubuntu 12.04. I now want to add the Objective C compiler, is it possible to add it to the previous build? If so, how should i ...
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Prevent GRUB from showing up by default?

Whenever I boot on Ubuntu, I see the entire GRUB menu by default. Is there a way I could make it simply auto-boot if uninterrupted within X seconds? I remember that this was the case on previous ...
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Why does “xdg-open” fail although “xdg-mime query defaut ” succeeds on Ubuntu 10.10?

On Ubuntu 10.10, xdg-open fails to open the file and give me the error: No application is registered as handling this file But xdg-mime query defaut ... succeeds for the mime type. Why? Here is ...
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Problem Windows 8.1 Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a computer that has Windows 8.1 preinstalled, following the next link http://itsfoss.com/install-ubuntu-1404-dual-boot-mode-windows-8-81-uefi/ Now I can not dual boot. ...
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Issue with bad sectors on a laptop hard drive

I had Windows installed on my laptop and suddenly one morning Windows couldn't start. Then I tried after formatting and for once it became possible. I also installed Ubuntu as logical drive (deleted ...
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Simple jail for user with open-ssh [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Restricting an SSH/SCP/SFTP user to a directory Can I confine my users to their /home/%u directory using simply open-ssh configuration? I did the following from what I ...
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File permission issues with shared folders under Virtual Box (Ubuntu Guest, Windows Host)

I am using Ubuntu on Virtual Box and I have a folder which is shared between the host (Windows) and the VM (Ubuntu). When I open any file in the share folder in Ubuntu, I can not change it as its ...
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What is the Linux equivalent to C:\Program Files?

I understand that in Windows as well as Linux and Unix, a program|application|software can be installed in any directory. Also if packages are installed using the distribution's packaging system, ...
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How to record Skype video calls on Linux?

I'd like to conduct recorded video interviews with Skype and am looking for a reliable tool to accomplish that. Is there anything out there that's not slow or buggy? I'm running (K)Ubuntu.
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How to configure external IP addresses for LXC guests?

I'm exploring the LXC features in Ubuntu 12.04 and I really want to set up a network like this: client1: 192.168.56.101/24 lxc-host: 192.168.56.102/24 guest1 192.168.56.201/24 guest2 ...
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How to start a service automatically, when Ubuntu starts?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and want to have a service starting, when the system is booted normally. As 'service' I understand some code, for example cd my_directory; my_command -host 0.0.0.0 -port ...
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Booting linux from usb using EFI

I need to use a USB drive as an installation media for my Mint and Ubuntu. For that I have unetbootin to make the usb bootable. But my PC only supports EFI boot (while adding the boot device, I need ...
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How to prevent shutdown when an SSH user is logged in?

I'm administrating a networked environment and I had an interesting situation arise yesterday. When a host is required to shutdown by a regular user, it refuses to do so if other users are logged in ...
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How can I look up a username by id in linux?

The command id can be used to look up a user's uid, for example: $ id -u ubuntu 1000 Is there a command to lookup up a username from a uid? I realize this can be done by looking at the /etc/passwd ...