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What do mkfs.xfs and modprobe do when mounting an Amazon EBS instance?

I'm looking through this guide for how to add an EBS volume to an Amazon EC2 instance, and I've found this little part of instructions hard to follow: Create an XFS file system on the EBS volume ...
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How to remove GNOME to run only Compiz

Regarding this question, I really like the idea of running Compiz without a desktop environment. I currently have Ubuntu 10.04 (with GNOME and Compiz) and want to give it a try. Now how can I ...
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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 ...
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All USB ports detected as USB 1.0, not USB 2.0

My Ubuntu 13.10 server (Upgraded from 11.10) has always had an issue with mounting USB 2.0 devices. Despite legacy being turned off on the motherboard bios, the output of lsusb -t always shows the ...
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Make web project writable by apache and other user

I am running ubuntu 12.04 LTS . To be able to view my web project in the browser I did the following: chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/project Now I wanted to open the project in netbeans but it ...
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Achieving full resolution with PowerVR SGX454 on Ubuntu 12.04

I have a Mini-PC with an ASRock AD2700B-ITX motherboard, which has an Intel PowerVR SGX545 on-board graphic chip. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it today. Everything is working properly and is quite ...
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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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What could cause network latency on a fresh Ubuntu Server 10.10 install?

I have recently purchased a machine to run an online game server. I put the machine together and have installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu Server 10.10. I have noticed that the game server produces a ...
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How can I monitor CPU usage by user?

I need to monitor CPU usage by users of two servers' (Ubuntu and CentOS). For example: user1 5% user2 10% ... Is there a tool similar to top or htop that can do that?
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How to truely install a tar.gz file on Linux - how to manage manually-installed (or standalone) applications?

I see all these links explaining packages and .debs... I know that... and there are many kludges to get tar.gz files working (eg: update-alternatives for Java or manually dropping the file in ...
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In awesome window manager, how can I make key bindings send keyboard events?

I don't think that title probably helps very much, but here's my issue: I'm using the awesome window manager and am trying to make my key bindings to be similar in flavor to OSX for special keys. ...
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How is sudo set to not change $HOME in Ubuntu and how to disable this behavior?

On Ubuntu 12.04, when I sudo -s the $HOME variable is not changed, so if my regular user is regularuser, the situation goes like this: $ cd $ pwd /home/regularuser $ sudo -s # cd # pwd ...
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Why root's default shell is configured differently with other normal user account's default shell?

As I know, root's default shell is configured csh and normal user's default shell is sh in FreeBSD. And in Ubuntu, root is dash, normal user is bash. (refer: What's the Ubuntu's default shell?) Why ...
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Configuring File Associations in Ubuntu with Wine

Related to this question, I have Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS. I downloaded PlayOnLinux 4.1.9 (the Precise version) and used it to install Microsoft Office 2010 Pro. PlayOnLinux downloaded Wine 1.5.21 and ...
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My .xsession and .xinitrc files are not executing

I have installed xmobar, xmonad on ubuntu 11.04. #!/bin/bash trayer --edge top --align right --SetDockType true --SetPartialStrut true \ --expand true --width 10 --transparent true --tint ...
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Command line join of password protected wireless networks in Ubuntu, Arch Linux, or other distros?

Is there a way to join a password protected wireless network via the command line in installations of Ubuntu or Arch Linux with no desktop environment or any GUI installed? Also, could this be done ...
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How to control the time that users spend on

I need a solution that allows me to control the time that each user spend on the computer, excluding idle time (some kind of parental control). I've tried timekpr, but it doesn't work on Ubuntu 13.10. ...
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I cannot install new packages: “Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock”

I am new to Linux (installed Ubuntu for the first time yesterday), and have never dealt with any unix-based OS. I started using Linux for the sole purpose of collaborating code with my partners via ...
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Spoofed MAC address ignored by wpa_supplicant?

I'm using wpa_supplicant to power my wireless card in my Ubuntu Server (yes I know wireless in a server is bad, but this is a special case) since it has the ability to automatically roam WAPs instead ...
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Where are NetworkManager's WiFi settings stored?

I remember the days of playing with /etc/$WE/wpa_supplicant.conf to try and force a semi-secure network on a debian based system, but now on to xubuntu, I haven't needed to do any *.conf-ing in a ...
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Is it possible to export env variable via Upstart?

I need to export a variable FOO=stringhere so that system processes could use it. And the place I would like to do this, is Upstart job. Unfortunately, I tried as per Upstart manual to do env ...
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Why do I get an “rsync: failed to set times on … : Operation not permitted (1)” error on Ubuntu 10.10 with SME Server 7.4? [duplicate]

I am trying to cron an rsync via ssh between two fileservers that are running SME Server 7.4 and Ubuntu 10.10, respectively. The first rsync worked just fine (for reasons that I do not know), but now, ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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`p` key doesn't work in X

Today I had to force-shutdown my machine after it froze during resume from suspend. Since the reboot, I've found that the p key doesn't work normally in X. It does work normally in the console. ...
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How to create KVM guest with SPICE graphics but TLS disabled using virt-install?

I am using virt-install (see below) to create a guest. All seems fine up to the point where it complains about auto-allocation of the SPICE TLS port. Here's what I am running and the full output: # ...
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Ways to update Ubuntu (debian-based distros) offline

What is the easiest way to update/upgrade an offline Ubuntu machine with the help of a Windows machine that has internet access? This question also applies to installing new packages offline and not ...
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Suddenly, I Can't login with correct password (greeter & tty)

This might be a duplicate of other password related questions but it's somehow eccentric. I have 3 accounts in my Ubuntu 12.10 system (one standard and two administrators). One of the administrator ...
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Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs after new kernel compile

So I've been at this for a while and have been poking around for an answer for a few days, and figure it's about time to ask for help. I am running Ubuntu 10.10 in VMWare Fusion, and have downloaded ...
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Installing OpenVPN to replace Cisco VPN because Cisco will not work with the kernel I am on or downgrade instead?

I had difficulties installing Cisco5.0 VPN on my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I asked for assistance in this question: link to previous question. The answer is that this Cisco program will run on only older ...
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Stripped down Kernel for a Laptop

I am a Linux noob, but I am willing to learn. My immediate objective is to compile a small kernel for my laptop without sacrificing usability. I am familiar with the kernel compilation steps (don't ...
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Having a bash script run at startup and display the results when I log in

I am running Ubuntu 11.04 and I want to be able to run a command like top so when I login it is running in a window. I been trying many things for a while now and can't seem to get it to work I ...
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Run Python Portio script as normal user without root access

I know there are risks running a root script as a normal user, but in this case I don't have a choice and what I am doing is machine related. I have an Small Board Computer that has GPIO ports and I ...
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Power management hook for running scripts on wake

I'm looking for a way to run an arbitrary script every time my laptop wakes up.
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How come I installed Ubuntu 64 bit on a Pentium 4 machine?

I have just tried booting the Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit live USB on this machine and to my amazement everything works fine. I even installed the system, after which I checked with uname -a and the result is ...
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Apache ownership and permissions for wordpress

I'm new to running a VPS, but I managed to get the whole system setup and secured without any issues :) My question concerns Apache and the different ways it can operate. For this particular machine ...
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/usr/bin/host not picking up changes to /etc/hosts even after reboot

I have a Ubuntu Server 12.04 (amd64) machine on which, when I change /etc/hosts, the changes aren't picked up, even after a reboot. I am using /usr/bin/host to test, but none of the other programs ...
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remote desktop connection - similar to team viewer

I have a few different Desktop versions of Ubuntus (13.04, 12.04, Kubuntu,..) on different computers. I would like to manage all of them on a single computer via remote connection and be able to use ...
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sending email to IP address via postfix

My friend and I have configured two Postfix mail servers on our laptops. We succeeded in sending mail to a real network (to some Gmail accounts) from our computers; that was the easy part. We now ...
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How to Install Oracle 11gR2 on Ubuntu Server 13.04

I want to install Oracle 11gR2 for Linux on Ubuntu Server 13.04. I have downloaded Oracle 11gR2 for Linux, and when I execute use runinstaller it require GUI supported files. While Google I got ...
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Running a daemon as a non-privileged user

I am trying to set up a Thin Ruby application server on my Ubuntu VPS. I have created a specific account, installed rbenv under it along with all gems. I am looking for a convenient way to obtain the ...
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Sharing Ubuntu drives with Windows

I'm new to the whole Linux thing. I have a Linux server up and running and have been using this guide as a help. I have an issue with shared drives. My Windows machines can see them but cant write to ...
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Washed out colours with screencast software but not screenshot on Ubuntu (all versions)

I have experimented with screencast software on Ubuntu over a number of LTS versions and using pretty much every software I can get my hands on. I have used VLC, RecordMyDesktop and some others the ...
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Finding computer uptime from first day until now

I need to find PC uptime from the day of installation until now. Is this logged somewhere? Does any file log this cumulative uptime?
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Awesome & youtube

I run Awesome WM on Ubuntu. Recently when I try to watch youtube videos in full screen they have been playing in a small letter box - They have not 'full screened'. In the other hand, Vimeo & ...
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GNU Radio prerequisite libraries on armhf

After several attempts, I have managed to compile GNURadio on the Raspberry Pi. However, I am just not able to meet the prerequisites for the gnuradio build script on the Pandaboard (Linaro 12.04) or ...
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Package installation and dependancies - how to prevent installation of existing libraries?

I'm a relatively new Ubuntu server user, so I'm learning as I go. I have an issue with a software package I'm installing (QGIS) which has several dependancies one of them being gdal library. ...
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Modern distribution on old hardware

I have an old system currently running ubuntu jaunty. The main harware specs are: Processor: AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz RAM: 512 MB Graphics: [SiS] 65x/M650/740 (output from lspci) HDD: 40 GB Now jaunty ...
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Moving from Ubuntu 32bit: Mint 64bit or Mint 32bit?

I have decided to try out Linux Mint instead of the horrible Ubuntu Unity experince. I have a separate partition for my /home folder, which I'd like to preserve of course. So I'm curious: is it ...
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Is there a way to write a script to do ftp login so I don't have to type things over and over again?

I am recently working extensively with a remote system via ftp connection, since the session time is so short that I have to re-login quite often when I finish my work on my local machine, so I need a ...
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Link a dependency in Synaptic to the one already installed from source

I want to install SVN version of Quantum GIS and already I have a SVN version of GRASS GIS. As instructed in QGIS Wiki here, I added the qgis repository to my sources.list file. Now I am able to see ...