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Configure wireless network from the command line

I know I can use ifconfig to configure my ethernet network interfaces. But can I also configure my wireless network interfaces using ifconfig. (It seems to be listed as eth1 in ifconfig output, why is ...
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Are there a way to block a program from starting during certain times?

As the title says. I want to prevent a certain program from being started during specific times. Are there a good way of accomplishing this at *nix distros?
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How do I build custom Ubuntu CD's automatically?

I'd like to build custom Ubuntu installation CD's daily (CRON job). Think Daily Build but with custom packages coming from a text file. Packages would be a mix of some official Ubuntu packages as well ...
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copying device nodes

I'm trying to transfer a working Linux installation to a new larger disk, so I've attached the new disk on a USB port, partitioned it and created filesystems. While copying all the files over I hit a ...
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Problem when installing “ia32-libs”

I'm using x64 Ubuntu. A few months ago I accidentally messed up the groups/owners of all files on /, but managed to fix it using a VirtualBox install of Ubuntu. Now I'm running into a problem that I ...
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Lost files copied to a USB ZIP drive on Ubuntu

I have a problem regarding copying of files using Ubuntu's copy feature. The problems goes on like this: I copy a specific folder to my ZIP drive by creating a new folder each day (Backup). Now copy ...
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grub2 Windows doesn't boot anymore

Hi. I had a Windows/Ubuntu 11.04 dual-boot setup and suddenly Windows stopped booting. I mean it doesn't even appear on the boot list. The files look fine and Ubuntu boots fine. I was trying to write ...
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Slackware boot error after fresh install

I'm currently running Ubuntu and Slackware on my system. After just installing Slackware, with everything appearing to work fine, I boot into GRUB only to see an "error: no such disk" or something of ...
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Backup a Windows PC to a Linux Machine

What is a good backup strategy to backup a Windows 7 box to a Ubuntu box that are on the same network? The solution I am thinking would be to mount a Windows folder to Ubutnu then use rsync. But I'm ...
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Unable to do paswordless ssh even after following standard procedure

I have two systems named Interface(10.1.1.87) and Client-Interface(10.1.1.91). I want to automatically mount an sshfs share from Client-Interface on Interface on boot. I am using the command: sshfs ...
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Grant permissions using rysnc

I want to use rsync (as a user) from "me" on a local computer to "another" user on a distant computer. However, I also want "another" user (on the distant computer) to own the files and to be able to ...
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Unable to boot custom kernel

I am using ubuntu 11.04 I have a custom 2.6.36.4 kernel source (say in linux_src) Did make mrproper Copied my current configuration from /boot to linux_src/.config Did a make menuconfig, instructed ...
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Linux on a tegra tablet for programming

I would like to use a tablet for some mobile programming. It would be nice to read a pdf and immediately try the code on the same device. I've found various videos and tutorials how to get Ubuntu ...
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What happens in each step of the Linux kernel-building process?

I've read many tutorials about how to build custom kernels and boot Ubuntu using those kernels, and successfully followed the guides and booted custom kernels, but I have no understanding about what ...
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Migrating from Ubuntu to Debian

I'm a long term Ubuntu user who is considering migrating from Ubuntu to Debian (mainly because of Unity and the fact that my school has a Debian mirror). I haven't installed Debian on a system before. ...
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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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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, ...
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Lock a byobu session with password?

I used to leave my byobu sessions detached on a server. I want to lock the session to prevent other users (root account) accessing my session. Is this possible?
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Restore overwritten /usr/local/bin [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recovering deleted files on fedora I accidentally overwrote my /usr/local/bin directory when installing something. Is there a way I can restore this directory? What can ...
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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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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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Install Ubuntu's font in other OSes?

Ubuntu has its own font for its UI in the past couple of releases. Is there a way to get this font in other GNU/Linux distros? Does the font come in its own file?
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Recovering Ubuntu

My Ubuntu 11.04 guest on VBox 4.0.10 crashed when I was working. Is there a way to go back to previous working configuration? I have always used the saved state and power off option. I did not take ...
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terminal transparency, Imagemagick, and X11 root window problem

In Ubuntu Natty and in Fedora 12, I have urxvt (with 256 colours), and use ImageMagick (display -window root [...]) to set the root window to a picture. When I use the transparency (-tr) option on ...
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How do I modify the search index in Ubuntu 11.04?

I'm loving (parts) of this new Unity interface; in particular the searching with the windows key (just like Windows 7!). But how do I: Tell it what programs I'd like to be able to return Tell it ...
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Should I be using 'sudo' in scripts that I write?

I'm setting up a new machine (well actually, an Ubuntu VM) and am trying to write a script to setup a few common things that I use when doing this (Git, curl, vim + janus). So my script looks a bit ...
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Cron job not executing

I'm trying to use cron for the first time, and I'm stuck. I'm using Ubuntu 10.10, and the following is my /etc/crontab file. The only modification that I've made is appending the last line. I've ...
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problem dhcp3-server ubuntu server 11.04

I installed dhcp3-server in ubuntu server 11.04 apt-get install dhcp3-server However, an error message during installation: Traitement des actions différées (« triggers ») pour « man-db »... ...
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smbpasswd failed for new Samba install on fresh Ubuntu 11.04

I've installed Samba on a fresh Ubuntu install. I run the command sudo smbpasswd -a someuser New SMB password: Retype new SMB password: Failed to add entry for user someuser. I've read that you ...
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How to remove/change the message displayed when opening a terminal?

Using Ubuntu 10.10 .In GUI mode when I open up a terminal, a message is displayed at top left above the prompt: Ghost@work-Ubuntu:~$ , I would like to change it, so I would like to know in which file ...
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Gnome-terminal slow to start from launcher, fast when started from terminal

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 with Gnome. When I start a Gnome-terminal (a frequent occurance) if I do it by clicking an icon on a panel (that has as the command: gnome-terminal) it takes a ...
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Seeking command-line example for adding images to MP3 files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Searching for a command line tagging tool for mp3 and ogg that supports pictures Anyone have a command-line example illustrating how to properly embed an image (for ...
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Safest HardDrive Format for Archiving/Media Storage Data?

What is the safest hard drive format (NTFS, HFS+, XFS, ZFS, ...) for archiving or/and storing media (data)? I'd prefer to have the data not corrupt and be relatively safe (From corruption, ...) and ...
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A distro with Ubuntu 11.04 and Gnome 3 installed by default

I remember reading a comment ages ago about a distro that was created with Gnome 3 on top of Ubuntu 11.04. What was that distribution named/where can I find it?
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How can I create a unionfs-fuse mount that is readable by all?

I'd previously used aufs2 in aufs-tools with some luck, but apparently this package has been "superseded" (this is strange term to use for a package which seems to have been removed only because it no ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 wireless driver not detected

When I run iwconfig I get: no wireless extensions How do I get Ubuntu to detect my wireless driver? Looking at the output from lspci and lsusb, here's the relevant line, from lsusb (so it's a ...
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advantages and disadvantages of manually un/mounting drives.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of manually un/mounting internal drives? I've never really bothered un-mounting internal HDDs after mounting them the first time around but would like to know ...
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Black Screen When Booting From .VDI Image

I have cloned a VirtualBox machine, which runs Ubuntu 11.04 32-bit as Guest OS. I now wish to transfer it to a new host machine running Windows Vista 32-bit. I’ve transferred the .vdi file and ...
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Fresh Install of Ubuntu Grub rescue

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.04 from DVD on a wiped hard drive. After it finished installing it asked me to remove the media and hit enter. Which I got the message: error: no such device: ...
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How to use gnome-session-save from cron?

I am trying to issue the gnome-session-save --kill command via crontab. I used the command sudo crontab -e. In the file is this: PATH=/usr/bin 00 00 * * * gnome-session-save --kill The command does ...
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Return Carriage not working (Screen)

When I execute the command screen -S myscreen -X stuff $'search add $1 \015' from a shell it works perfectly. If I put it in a .sh file and run it as sh /test.sh variablehere it sends it to screen as ...
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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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Howto find my xorg.conf. Where is it?

I can't find my xorg.conf. There is no xorg.conf file by default in Ubuntu 11.04. If I run: "whereis xorg.conf" I am seeing: xorg: /usr/lib/xorg /usr/lib64/xorg /usr/include/xorg may be I just can ...
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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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How to pipe md5 hash result in shell

I am looking for a simple way to pipe the result of md5sum into another command. Something like this: $echo -n 'test' | md5sum | ... My problem is that md5sum outputs not only the hash of the ...
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Linux equivalent for Windows Startup

Is there any way to add an application/script to the Linux startup so every time the system is on it executes [i'm looking for some automated way, user should not add this by cron job or something ...
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Behavior of ping with partial packet loss on Ubuntu

I am specifically looking on the return variables of running ping on my Ubuntu server, the variables I am looking for is: error status, output on stdout, output on stderr. When pinging a host the ...
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Are there any problems if I install an old version of a Linux distro?

I've got a computer with 512 MB of RAM, and a 50 GB hard disk. Question: will I have any problems if I install an old version of Ubuntu, Knoppix, or any other distro? For example: may I have any ...
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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 ...