Ubuntu is a Linux distribution with an emphasis on ease of use and installation. Note that http://askubuntu.com is specifically dedicated to Ubuntu questions.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

6
votes
1answer
23k views

Installing openjdk-7-jdk does not update java (which is still version 1.6)

I am having issues updating Java. I am running Ubuntu 11.10. I can execute sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk and it completes successfully. javac -version is 1.7, however java -version is 1.6. This ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

userns container fails to start, how to track down the reason?

When creating a userns (unprivileged) LXC container on Ubuntu 14.04 with the following command line: lxc-create -n test1 -t download -- -d $(lsb_release -si|tr 'A-Z' 'a-z') -r $(lsb_release -sc) -a ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

qemu - two clients (tap0 & tap1) via br0 can't ping eachother but server pings ok

I've got: A host system running Ubuntu with KVM (functional) Two clients, one Ubuntu and one Windows 7, nothing fancy. I've also setup (see below) a bridge via br0 for the clients: br0: ...
4
votes
1answer
384 views

Problems moving home partition

I was running low in disk space on my Linux box, Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop, (specifically on my /home partition) so I added another disk to it and I am trying to move the home partition into it. I am ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

best practice to backup config files

I want to setup froxlor on not fresh install remote server (Ubuntu 10.04.2). I take care of admin the server since two month. Before I start, the previous guy installed and config some services and ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I de-fragment a drive using Ubuntu?

Is it necessary to defrag drives in Ubuntu? If so, how do I do it and how often should it be done?
12
votes
3answers
41k views

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 ...
11
votes
5answers
17k views

How do I set up dual monitor wallpaper (Ubuntu/NVIDIA)?

On Ubuntu 10.4 with NVIDIA drivers I have dual monitors setup with TwinView. How do I configure a single wallpaper to span both monitors? Right now the same wallpaper is replicated on both monitors. ...
9
votes
2answers
5k views

Merging two internet connections from two network interfaces in order to obtain double speed

I have two network interfaces (one wired & one wireless). I have two internet accounts too (each 256 kBps; one from a modem that I use as wired connection & the other from a wireless network). ...
8
votes
5answers
13k views

Why is this network connection so slow?

I am having some problems with network performance speed on a Linux server running Ubuntu 9.10. Transfer speeds on all types of traffic are around 1.5MB/s on a 1000mbit/s wired ethernet connection. ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

Can I use and install Ubuntu packages in Debian?

I'm looking to install Linux Mint on my main work computer. Presently, I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on it after upgrading from 9.10 (both 64bit). Previously, I have always backed up and formatted my hard ...
6
votes
1answer
827 views

How to write/edit/update the OsIndications efi variable from command line?

In the need to enter the UEFI firmware setup utility while using ultra fast boot (keyboard drivers are not loaded during POST), I wish to write to the "Os Indications" efi variable. My OS is Ubuntu ...
6
votes
1answer
25k views

How do you fix apt-get update “Hash Sum mismatch”

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 virtual box vm that I instantiate using Vagrant. git clone https://github.com/spuder/puppet-gitlab vagrant up As soon as the vagrant box runs apt-get update, I get the ...
6
votes
1answer
743 views

Automatically apply module patch and compile kernel when updated?

I've recently applied a one-line patch to drivers/bluetooth/btusb.c in order to enable compatibility with my Bluetooth device. However, whenever I get a kernel upgrade, the patch will be lost until ...
6
votes
3answers
547 views

Effect of compiling from source on already installed applications

I use Ubuntu 12.04. Say I have installed package x from the repository (with all its dependencies) at version 1.7 but I need some functionality that is only available in version 1.8, so I download the ...
6
votes
3answers
829 views

Terminal change keys

Is it possible in the Unix terminal to change some of the keyboard keys? For example: when I press , then _ gets printed? If this is indeed possible, how do I go about doing that? I'm on Ubuntu.
5
votes
1answer
4k views

Gnome programs (eog/gnome-terminal) have a slow start and produce a DBus.Error.NoReply Warning

For some time eog and gnome-terminal are starting very slow on my (X)Ubuntu 13.10. I think other gnome tools are affected, too, but I don't use any else. Now I get a ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

How to adjust charging thresholds of laptop battery?

My laptop is Lenovo T400, and OS is Ubuntu 12.04. I have not been able to adjust the thresholds for battery starting charging and stopping charging. I observed that its current starting charging ...
5
votes
4answers
4k views

Prevent claiming of novelty usb device by usbhid so I can control it with libusb?

I have a USB rocket launcher that I wish to experiment with through libusb. However, libusb cannot claim the interface; presumably because the output of usb-devices lists 'usbhid' as the driver for ...
5
votes
2answers
752 views

Sync files from a mac to a flash drive - automatically?

I have a flash drive, let's name it FLASH. I want, when on my mac, when FLASH is plugged (and automatically mounted), execute a specific script and make ~/Documents to be automatically copied to ...
5
votes
2answers
9k views

How to avoid powering down certain USB devices when a machine is suspended

I'd like to maintain power supply to a USB-powered drive when the system goes into suspend (AKA S3 or "suspend-to-RAM") mode. Normally the power is cut while the machine is suspended, which causes it ...
4
votes
2answers
10k views

(L)ubuntu 12.04 syslog to custom file (not /var/log/syslog but /var/log/mylog) - ubuntu 12.04

I successfully tested the following syslog "hello world" example on ubuntu 12.04: // gcc giuspexample.c -o giuspexample #include <syslog.h> int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Run a script after lid is opened

I would like to run a script after my laptop lid is opened. is there anything like rc.local that is run after the laptop wakes up after suspending? I use Ubuntu 12 (I need it because some of the ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Mount NTFS Partition on Startup in Ubuntu

I have a 10 gigabyte partition which I use for files which I share between my Windows installation and my Oneiric Ocelet (Ubuntu) installation. My Eclipse workspaces exist on this partition. Eclipse ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

How to see who is logged on to many workstations?

Before I go to work creating my own I would like to find an existing system to do the following: Provide a concise list of users logged on to any of the workstations Show workstation host name, IP, ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

SSH + Sudo + Expect in Bash script: Run command with sudo in remote machine

I am trying to automate the deploy of some .deb packages with an script. I want to execute sudo dpkg -i $myDeb.deb in a list of remote machines I can access with ssh. I've tried to automate the ...
2
votes
2answers
8k views

can't start x11vnc without attached monitor

I'd like to setup x11vnc (or any other vnc server) to start at boot-time. The display manager is kdm, the distribution is Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS. When I try to start x11vnc, I'm getting this errors: $ ...
2
votes
3answers
956 views

Why does the adduser command behave surprisingly?

I see various examples of how to add a user on Ubuntu server I have Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS I was logged in as root and, when running adduser, my SSH command line asked me for both a 'new password' AND ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

Pulseaudio with external sound adapter: work around broken sound

I'm using an external USB sound adapter on a laptop that has an internal sound card. There are some issues: The applications by default continue to use internal sound card. I can work around this ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

How to permanently remove all Mono related package (libs, apps, etc.)

I'm a Ubuntu newbie. In my opinion Mono is a patent trap and I do not want my distribution of choice to be tainted by anything Mono or any application that requires Mono. So I would welcome your ...
13
votes
4answers
26k views

What program do I use to check mail?

I'm receiving "You have mail" messages and according to How to remove “You have mail” welcome message I should read my mail with mail. However I cannot find the command in my system (Ubuntu 10.04 ...
11
votes
1answer
8k views

swapon: Operation not permitted

I'm running this as root, obviously. I've created a file called /swap/sw1, by dumping 512 megs of /dev/zero into it. I then ran mkswap, which said: Setting up swapspace version 1, size = 524284 KiB ...
10
votes
4answers
2k views

Use #!/bin/sh or #!/bin/bash for Ubuntu-OSX compatibility and ease of use & POSIX

I know that I can use either as the first line of scripts to invoke the desired shell. Would #!/bin/sh be recommended if compatibility with all unix systems is an absolute requirement? In my case ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I use colors in the MOTD?

I edited the default /etc/update-motd.d/00-header, adding some color to make it easier to read: printf "Welcome to \e[1;34m%s\e[0m \e[2m(%s %s %s)\e[0m\n" "$DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION" "$(uname -o)" ...
7
votes
3answers
915 views

Harddrive I/O per Pid

is there any way to see the disk I/O per pid/process ? Monitorix shows me the following and correct me if I´m wrong, but it looks like that the harddrive is slowing down the whole system: UPDATE #1 ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

Get diff changes between original files installed with apt and current files

I installed php5-fpm package using apt; then I made some changes to the PHP configuration files. Now I would get the diffs between the original files versions (the ones of the package installed) and ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

How does one open a new window from the shell with a specific size and position?

For example, say I wanted to start gnome-terminal with it's northwest corner at 0,0, and make the window 736x434 pixels (apparently the default, which allows for an an 80-character by 24-character ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Writing raw images safely to USB sticks

Trying lots of different linux, on all kinds of hardware I find my self typing commands like this quite often: sudo dd if=xubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=10240 Needless to say, ...
5
votes
2answers
19k views

Cloned Linux system and /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

I set up an Ubuntu system and configured it properly, including defining eth0 in /etc/network/interfaces. I then imaged that system and cloned it on a new system. When I booted up the system the ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Performing accurate snapshot and incremental backups to a remote server

I have a few Ubuntu (and potentially RHEL) servers I'd like to back up to a central backup server (via rsh/SSH). I'd like to do both snapshot and incremental backups. The goal is that if one of the ...
5
votes
1answer
4k views

xinerama, 2 cards, 3 monitors

I've been trying to get this right and I'm so nearly there, but not quite. This machine has an Intel adapter with one monitor, and an ATI adapter with two. I'm happy to use xinerama to get this ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Installation date of Ubuntu

How can I determine when Ubuntu was installed in my computer? There was a different question posted here, but none of them is helpful.
5
votes
3answers
446 views

Suspending my laptop breaks ethernet over firewire, are there commands which can fix it?

As mentioned in this question I am using a firewire cable to provide a private network between my laptop and my desktop, because it makes using the screen sharing program synergy much nicer than using ...
4
votes
1answer
617 views

Why is this static route not taking effect?

Original Question I am running Ubuntu and network manager. I have two different interfaces, eth0 and eth1. Network manager has (as far as I can tell) correctly added this manual route: ~$ ip route ...
4
votes
1answer
6k views

Run 64 bit app on 32 bit system (Ubuntu)

All the questions I've seen refer to running a 32 bit app in a 64 bit system. I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit (actually elementary OS Luna, which is based on it) and I'm trying to run a 64 bit app ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

chrt(): “failed to set pid XXX's policy” on one machine, but not others

I have several Linux machines, all of them running the same kernel (Ubuntu 12.04, 3.5.0-45-generic). On one of them, I am unable to use chrt at all. If I attempt to use it on a new process, I get the ...
4
votes
2answers
837 views

Simulate x-screen?

I'm working in a koding terminal running ubuntu 13.04, and I'm trying to run an application that requires an x-screen (even to run in terminal mode). I am unable to connect with x11 forwarding, and ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Install debug flash player in Chrome?

I am trying to adapt the instructions from here, here, and here to install the debug version of the flash player on my Ubuntu 13.04 installation such that Chrome 30.0.1599.66 can use it. ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

The volume “boot” has only 0 byte disk space remaining

I am in Ubuntu 10.04. When I install the software updates with "Update Manager", there is a pop up dialog which tells me "The volume "boot" has only 0 byte disk space remaining" How to get rid of ...