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Low battery freezes laptop [closed]

I have a laptop Lenovo G575. MS Windows works without any problems on it, but with Linux, it freezes during login or up to 10 minutes after power on. I have tried Ubuntu, Fedora 15 and 16, Fedora 16 ...
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How do you free up resources in Ubuntu?

What steps do you take to make a vanilla Ubuntu system run faster and use less memory? I'm using Ubuntu as the OS for my general purpose PC, but it's on slightly older hardware and I want to get as ...
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What is the rationale behind using non-numeric package component for the version?

In ubuntu (and not only in ubuntu) default repository you could see a package version like 2.2.14-5ubuntu8.12. Why do the maintainers give such a weird version in the central package repository? ...
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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 ...
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How to transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu on Virtualbox?

How should I transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu installed on Virtualbox? When I plugged in a USB, it only pops up in Windows. How can I see it in Ubuntu?
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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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What makes Ubuntu not totally Free Software?

I heard that Ubuntu is not completely free (as in Freedom). What are the specific parts of Ubuntu that are not Free?
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Ctrl+C does not work in gnome-terminal

On my Linux host, Ctrl+C does not seem to work and I do not know how to proceed to make it work. I am using Ubuntu 10.04 with bash 4.1.5(1), and working in Gnome-terminal. When I pressed Ctrl+C while ...
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How does bash know how it is being invoked?

I've installed jailkit on Ubuntu 12.04 and I have set up a user's shell to /bin/bash - but when it is invoked it runs /etc/bash.bashrc instead of /etc/profile If you haven't used jailkit before ...
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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 ...
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apt-get doesn't stop on Ctrl-c, what to do?

Occasionally I have connection problem with apt-get (typically because I use it behind a proxy and try to install/upgrade flash). I have been trying sending Ctrlc but it would not stop. I thought it ...
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where is /var/log/messages

I have several sources saying that /var/log/messages has system log message but I don't have that file (Ubuntu 11, Debian). Is the messages file somewhere else now? I tried using locate to look for ...
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File in Ubuntu equivalent to /etc/inittab file in RedHat

I searched a lot but can't get any solution. My question is what file in Ubuntu is equivalent to /etc/inittab file in RedHat. In RedHat /etc/inittab file contains the setting related to runlevel in ...
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When a process will go to 'D' state?

I'm using "Linux hostname 2.6.28-15-generic #49-Ubuntu SMP Tue Aug 18 18:40:08 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux" All the client machines will use Thin-client ,I will use my laptop for working and I will ...
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apt-get prompts for CDs when installing packages, how do I make it stop?

I used ubuntu linux before, and I installed debian OS on my labtop using DVDs that I burned. But when I'm trying to use apt-get to install software, the system always asks me to insert disk to ...
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Difference between /run and /var/run

Is there any difference between /run directory and var/run directory. It seems the latter is a link to the former. If the contents are one and the same what is the need for two directories?
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dpkg cannot find ldconfig/start-stop-daemon in the PATH variable

I was trying to install bsd-mailx utility the package got installed however I am wondering about the error. This is the error I get: Preconfiguring packages ... dpkg: warning: 'ldconfig' not found ...
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Tmux xclip copy no longer working

On mu ubuntu 12.04 setups my tmux clipboard copy and paste commands are setup as follows: set -g prefix M-a unbind C-b bind C-c run "tmux save-buffer - | xclip -i -sel clipboard" bind C-v run "tmux ...
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How to mount/recover data on a disk that was part of a mdadm raid 1 on another machine?

Some background The disk itself was "worked on" by a friend and is said to be still intact, undamaged and still mountable/recoverable The disk was part of a software raid 1 on Ubuntu 12.04 The other ...
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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.
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FTP client with a good GUI?

I love linux because I get control over my system. But I do herald from the school of mac, where things are simple, beautiful, and powerful. I like it that way, as opposed to having lots of knobs and ...
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How do I update bash on EOL Ubuntu versions?

I.e. can I find a close enough package in the next nearest distro? Or is it complicated, and compiling from source is better? Or can I grab it from debian? (This question is about at least Ubuntu ...
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How can I force a Ubuntu kernel to fail mounting / and drop into the initramfs rescue shell?

I am trying to customize the initramfs rescue environment and would like to force the kernel to fail mounting / and drop into the (initramfs) rescue shell, as opposed to single user mode. How can I ...
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chmod: What does the `+a` parameter mean?

I was following a tutorial and it told me to run sudo chmod +a "SOME_PARAMS" some/dir I was surprised to see that fail telling me chmod: invalid mode: `+a' So I wonder: What does the +a mode ...
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What does the 'i8042.nomux=1' kernel option do during booting of Ubuntu?

I have a laptop with a multi guesture touchpad. My touchpad never works in any Linux distro such as Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Linux Mint, Knoppix, Puppy, Slitaz and lots more. I have tried lots of ...
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Find a user's writable files and directories

How can I determine all files and folders that given user can write to? The user is nobody. Some script in bash or python, perhaps? I'm using Ubuntu 11.04
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How to fix intermittant “No space left on device” errors durring mv when device has plenty of space?

Ubuntu 14.04 on a desktop Source Drive: /dev/sda1: 5TB ext4 single drive volume Target Volume: /dev/mapper/archive-lvarchive: raid6 (mdadm) 18TB volume with lvm partition and ext4 There are ...
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How to copy-merge two directories?

I have two directories images and images2 with this structure in Linux: /images/ad /images/fe /images/foo ... and other 4000 folders and the other is like: /images2/ad /images2/fe ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How can I completely reinstall mysql?

I had to reboot in the middle of a large data import. I only have one mysql database, which has now been corrupted. How can I completely remove mysql and reinstall it? I've tried apt-get purge ...
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Passwords for newly created users?

I am fairly new to Linux and I have question regarding users. When I use the useradd command I don't specify a password. I must use the passwd command afterwards. Does this mean that the user is ...
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Security of an encrypted (dm-crypt & LUKS) Ubuntu 12.04 installed by somebody else?

Suppose I want an Ubuntu setup (let it be 12.04) with full disk encryption. Ubuntu offers this as an option during installation. Suppose also that I have somebody (e.g. my vendor) else set this up ...
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'iwlist' -> interface doesn't support scanning (Ubuntu LTS 10.04)

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 (LTS) on a Samsung N150+ netbook. I cannot scan wifi networks using iwlist and I would like to do so. Here is the output from some tests: ...
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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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Send command to detached screen and get the output

I've been searching to find a way to send a command to a detached screen session. So far, so good. This is what I've come up with: $ screen -S test -p 0 -X stuff 'command\n' This command works as ...
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Nautilus special URIs

Where are these special URIs used in Nautilus defined in Ubuntu? recent:/// trash:/// x-nautilus-desktop:/// computer:/// burn:/// These can instantly open special locations in Nautilus by typing ...
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how to enable command history of shell

I am using ubuntu 13.04, in this the command history of the shell is getting erased on close. Can someone tell me how to prevent this from happening?
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HDD allocation fstab

In my PC running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS I have installed three SATA hard drives. Two of them are installed near a cooler. I want to physically switch two drives (one that is not near the fan should be moved ...
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A simple hierarchical task list (that lets you cross out tasks) for linux in the Ubuntu repositories?

I just spent way too much time looking for this. Treeline is very close, but it doesn't allow marking a task as done with a single key press. It's a powerful data organizer and one has to change ...
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Why is screen seemingly doing nothing with commands passed with -X?

I've been trying to set up an automated backup system for a minecraft server, and I'm having trouble with screen, specifically when using 'screen -r sessionname -X "/var/minecraft/somebatchfile"', ...
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How to automatically generate .desktop file?

There's a .deb software that doesn't have a .desktop file, I created that file. I want to create another package for that software, when the user installs it, I want the .desktop file to be generated ...
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du command show a slash after directories?

How to use du command show a slash after directories? For example: du -ab /root/test/php-5.4.8/ Result: 1781 /root/test/php-5.4.8/main/internal_functions.c.in 973596 ...
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How can I set up a remote port forward on port 80 to my localhost with the help of setcap?

I'd like to accept connections briefly for development when I'm NATed, and so I'm attempting to do this: $ ssh ubuntu@example.org -R 80:localhost:80 Which fails as I'm trying to bind a port that is ...
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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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Assistance wanted in removing the “No mail.” notification in MOTD for Ubuntu 10.10

How do I remove the No mail. notification on Ubuntu 10.10 Server? This occurs when I log in, and is located underneath the message of the day I have a separate script which uses a different messaging ...
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Can the focus of a Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 be fixed at infinity under linux?

I have two Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 webcams which I am using as a home security system with the Motion package for linux. One problem I have is that because these webcams have auto-focus, sometimes ...
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Why won't my xmodmap command run on startup/login?

I want to run this command every time I log in (or every time I start up, if that doesn't work): xmodmap -e 'keysym Delete = Menu' -e 'keysym Menu = Delete' I've tried many things. I put the command ...
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Run Ubuntu Security Updates every Saturday only

A clients wants to enable automatic security updates on their 12.04 box, but it has to be once per week, on saturday only. (Why I don't know) When I do dpkg-reconfigure -plow unattended-upgrades it's ...
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Not able to see the progression of a file with “tail -f”!

It's a surprise why now this command isn't working which earlier was. See I've the below command to run for backup. ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo tar -cvf /media/ubuntu/My*Linux/ub*data/zebra.tar ...