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Bluetooth was working but just stopped?

I recently upgraded to the latest FGLRX driver on my MacBook Pro and I noticed that Bluetooth was having some issues afterward. I tried reinstalling bluetooth and bluez, but it didn't seem to fix ...
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Should I use http or ftp links in apt sources.list

Should I use http or ftp links in /etc/apt/sources.list? What I mean is is using something like, deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free deb-src ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ ...
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Xubuntu Oneiric won't start XFCE

I tried upgrading the Ubuntu on my trusty netbook and found 11.10 was way too slow. So I switched to xubuntu by installing the xubuntu-desktop package and then following the crazy instructions here : ...
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How to get a list of installed external kernel modules?

From the documentation of Linux kernel 3.2 (Documentation/kbuild/modules.txt) === 5. Module Installation Modules which are included in the kernel are installed in the directory: ...
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Unity: Stop Dock Repopulation at Restart

Unity is currently the default window manager on my system, a window manager that's available for many Linux distributions, meaning this question isn't Ubuntu-specific. I have disabled the dock's ...
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How to install Ubuntu from a USB key using syslinux?

I'm making a bootable USB key for myself, and one function of it is to install Ubuntu. I have downloaded the ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso file. There is a pretty good method for installation of ...
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How can I manage jobs after I disconnect from my tty/ssh session?

If I ssh to a box and start a task that will take some time to complete I usually press control+z to pause the process, and then immediately type bg 1 to put run it in the background. I can then type ...
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How to fix zramswap error?

I installed zramswap-enabler on Ubuntu 11.10 using the ppa but when installing programs or running system upgrades I get this error: Setting up zramswap-enabler (0.2.1-0~12~oneiric1) ... start: Job ...
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Difficulty with mobile broadband device being recognized (registered as CD ROM)

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a Samsung n150 netbook. I have bought a vodafone pay-as-you-go mobile broadband dongle. It is a Huawei device. I have *usb_modeswitch* installed. I installed betavine ...
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Add wildcard entries to the KDE proxy settings?

I have Googled this but cannot find it. I am currently using Kubuntu 11.10 64-bit. I am trying to set up an exceptions list for my proxy using the KDE control panel but when I try use common wildcard ...
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How to find out which X11 driver system is using?

How to find out which X11 driver system is using? For my chip openchrome is the best driver but I suspect that system is not using it. I just need at least 2D acceleration. How can I check? Here is ...
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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). ...
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How can I run byobu from xterm at starting?

I set up byobu auto run with the command byobu-enable. It's great when I log in from terminal or ssh, but how can I make xterm attach to it automatically ? (mate-terminal from Linux mint especially)
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auto create groups directories on user logging in

Below is my real and effective UIDs and GIDs. My task is to implement a bash script (Ubuntu 10.10 desktop) which should auto create 3 directories rtkit, admin, pr007drdl (group names) in /home ...
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Ubuntu machine with RNDIS tethered phone can not receive packets from internet

I tried to tether my old Windows Mobile 6 phone with my Ubuntu computer to use the phone's network. However, even though the kernel seems to recognize the phone and it is used as a network device I ...
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Why is my EC2 server's time off by ~10 seconds every day?

I have what I believe is a system file, /etc/cron.daily/ntpupdate which runs ntpdate ntp.ubuntu.com daily to sync with the network time. Every day it generates output very similar to this: ...
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Why doesn't GoogleTalk plugin recognize my camera, even with v4l?

The thing is that I have GoogleTalk plugin, also used for Google+ hangouts, and it works in my netbook, on Ubuntu. But on my laptop, using the same Ubuntu (Oneric) and having used the camera on Cheese ...
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Impossible pmap results

Nautilus is taking up 450 MiB according to System Monitor (Ubuntu 10.04). $pmap <PID of Nautilus> ... total 1578276K Is pmap reporting 1.5 GiB of memory here? I'm trying to find out ...
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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 ...
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Where to find descriptions of Ubuntu's packages (e.g. zlib1g, build-essential)?

I'm learning about Unix and as part of that, I'd like to have some idea of what all these packages I've been told to install are. I've found that Googling the package name doesn't always reveal ...
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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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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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Servers running from chrooted Ubuntu on HP TouchPad? [closed]

The problem: servers appear to be broken inside my Ubuntu chroot. No matter what kind of server I try to run, they all seem unresponsive (VLC server won't respond to client, mkRemote doesn't move the ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 can't boot, kernel panic

I downloaded pcap source compiled it and got a lib ending in libsomething.so.1.21.1. I tried to find how to install a lib online and in my impatience did the following sudo .install-sh /lib ...
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Sound volume control does not work in Ubuntu

My sound volume control does not work when I'm logged in with my regular user, though the sound works correctly. What's weirder is that the sound control works when I'm logged in as guest. With my ...
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'convert' taking a long time to create a PNG thumbnail

I made a png from a pdf using ghostscript. It was converted very fast (not more than 1 sec), and has good quality. $ identify 1.png 1.png PNG 3508x2480 3508x2480+0+0 8-bit PseudoClass 2c 51KB 0.000u ...
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/etc/fstab is mounting rw filesystem as read-only

A partition of my internal hard drive (not the root partition) I want to mount automatically on boot. I've been using /etc/fstab to mount my external backup drive automatically read-only, so this is ...
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System freezes when browsing internet

About a week ago my system began to freeze (deadlock, only manual shutdown with laptop button helped) from time to time. The frequency of deadlock is increasing. Today it was about 10 deadlocks with ...
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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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run script asynchronously / in a different process

I have a simple php script <?php for($i=0;$i<10;$i++){ sleep(1); echo $i; } Which I run from the command line php myfile.php & I would expect I can do other things in the command line, ...
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How is Ubuntu based on Debian?

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. Ubuntu is based on Debian. Like this, there are several other linux distributions that are based on Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware, etc. What confuses me is what does this ...
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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 can I install Ubuntu messaging menu on Mint?

One thing I like about Ubuntu is the messaging menu. Can I add the ubuntu messaging menu to Mint 12?
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Run script on screen lock/unlock

I'd like to run a screen if the Gnome session is locked and unlocked. Is there a way that I can intercept this and perform certain actions when the desktop is locked or unlocked?
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Create a Bootable (UEFI GRUB) USB for Ubuntu & Windows 7 Install

I want to create a Bootable EFI USB to install Ubuntu & Windows 7 (maybe with utilities like PartedMagic). I did that using MultiSystem previously. However, I am using GPT and Windows install ...
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How to change the default web page in Linux Mint 12

I need help with Linux Mint 12. I am trying to change the default web page, so that people using guest-session will open a specific web page instead of Linux Mint's corny default site. Also, please ...
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Dual monitors on dual video cards on Ubuntu

I have been trying this to no avail. I am new to Linux, so a step by step explanation would be greatly appreciated. I have two NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT video cards. I want a monitor to run on each card, ...
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Getting OpenGL to work under Ubuntu

I have an Intel graphics card, of which I can't tell whether or not it's being recognized. When I go through GUI to the System Info section, it states that my graphics card is unknown. Despite this, ...
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Reinstall versions of software not found in repositories

I recently installed the utouch-daily PPA, and it's given me some problems. How can I revert to the packages available in the default repository? I've removed the repository from ...
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Bluetooth auto-connect not going through

I finally got Bluetooth working on my late 2011 8,3 MacBook Pro running 11.10-amd64 Ubuntu. However, I'm having some weird problems that I've noticed were pretty global across what I was doing. ...
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Restore /etc/ configuration files from the default

Is there a way to replace /etc configuration files from a package, overwriting my local changes? I've tried apt-get install --reinstall mypackage but it doesn't update the files. How can I do this?
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Cleaning log files under linux

I am using a kvm ubuntu 10.04 virtual machine to test some features of a kernel module. I grep through the /var/log files to observe the kernel messages about that module. To start from a clean ...
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Cannot execute binaries in Ubuntu : file not found

When I try to run any executable file a file not found error occurs. Sometimes it says nothing but doesn't do anything. For example, when I execute ./blah-blah.bin it fails finding the file when it ...
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How should I set up additional EBS storage on an Amazon EC2 instance?

One of my clients has three EC2 servers on the Amazon cloud, with several attached EBS devices: server 1 and server 2 are ubuntu micro instances, and server 3, the main production box, is a ubuntu ...
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Unable to build pygobject with jhbuild

I was trying to build gtk+ and pygobject with jhbuild (on ubuntu 11.04), but it gives the following error while building gnome-doc-utils : checking whether /opt/tarball-gnome2/bin/python version ...
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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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Create bootable ubuntu usb for mac, or any pc

I've used Ubuntu live and the start up disk creator tool to create a bootable usb with ubuntu. I used the start up disk tool and I first clicked erase, to clear the contents of the usb, and then ...
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View Files from mirrored RAID outside the device

The Product I have is a Western Digital My Book The device has stopped working but there is nothing wrong with either of the two mirrored drives. I would like to take out the two mirrored hard ...
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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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Mount a filesystem read-only, and redirect writes to RAM?

Is it possible to mount a loopback file as read-only, and redirect all writes to RAM?