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VirtualBox bug[?] when Chainloading Grub2

Regarding this: How to install Fedora&Ubuntu with encrypted VG's on one disk? So booted into Ubuntu..and I run this script: #!/bin/bash # show the bootlist of grub when booting pc sed ...
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Pressing `up` to get the previous command in a tty on Ubuntu Server

I've installed Ubuntu Server 10.10, and when I press up in a terminal nothing happens. Using Ubuntu Desktop it gave me the previous command that I ran. How can I make it do this in Ubuntu Server as ...
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How to synchronize a networked drive and an external drive (Ubuntu & OS X)?

In light of a recent hardware failure, I've decided that it's time to be a little less lax regarding back-ups. What I have: An Ubuntu 10.10 'server/NAS' A MacBook 5,2 A WD external HDD The server ...
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delete line in vi

How can I delete a line in VI? Here what I am doing right now: Open up the terminal alt + ctrl + t vi a.txt I move my cursor to the line which I wan to delete, then what key-combination is should ...
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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 ...
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It's possible to make XTERM and Gnome-keyring work together?

When I'am connecting to ssh with gnome-terminal application opens gnome-keyring dialog, so I am entering password only once per session and I can reconnect to same ssh more than once without asking ...
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How to install Fedora&Ubuntu with encrypted VG's on one disk?

I installed Fedora 14 first, then Ubuntu 10.04. I installed them using dm_crypt/aes256/lvm, so I used encrypted VolumeGroups. At the end of the Ubuntu install it said it cannot install GRUB, so I had ...
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How to change dm_crypt aes/256 LVM password after install?

I installed Fedora 14 & Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on my PC. I used dm_crypt/LVM with aes256 in both installs (2 VolumeGroups, each encrypted, so there is 2 separated & encrypted linux distro on this ...
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grub shows multiple kernel versions on startup

I have Ubuntu 10.10 and after few updates the boot menu lists many kernel versions. How do I remove older versions?
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Ubuntu vs Debian for server

What would be a better choice for a web server, Debian or Ubuntu? I mainly use Python & PostgreSQL with Nginx and sometimes PHP & MySQL. What are pros/cons of each?
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Dual monitors and panels

I have a question with regard to a multiple monitor setup. I'm currently primarily a Windows user, but I've been running Ubuntu in dual boot to get a feel for it. The one thing I find lacking that ...
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Which distro should I switch to?

I've been an Ubuntu user for quite a few years now. However, with the recent release of Gnome 3, and with Ubuntu not going to include it by default, instead including its own customizations (such as ...
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how can 'init' and 'service' command can cross normal-user life?

i'm just moved to linux world in ubuntu 10.10. i'm using it for normal life, internet and social networks, multimedia enterainement like musics and movie, a bit of coding with c and python.. i've ...
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What is hvc0? (appearing in “who” list)

I have an Ubuntu Server, and when I type who, to see who's connected, I can see that there's a user connected, and instead of being logged to a pts/x, he's connected to hvc0. Is there something to ...
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How to execute a shell command from a “starter”?

I would like to execute a command by double-clicking on a starter on my Ubuntu Lucid desktop. More specifically, I would like to start a rdesktop session. I have thus entered rdesktop -u user -d ...
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What is the “/usr/local/src” folder meant for?

I wanted to put my work files (code) in /usr/local/src, but I think it's already a folder that has some other semantic meaning. What is that? Should I put source code there, or is there a better ...
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How to determine if disk is compact flash or standard hard drive

I need to determine in a shell script if a given block device (e.g. /dev/sda) is a compact flash disk or a regular hard drive. Google did not help me out for once, and while udevadm info --query=all ...
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Do I need to halt in order to really turn power off?

I tried shutdown -f now, thinking it will do a full power off sequence. Instead, it ends with *Checking battery state... and just hangs there. Should I add -h switch to fully take power off, ...
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How do I install mono's System.Windows.Forms on Ubuntu?

I haven't found any concise explanation of this.
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Why is Run Application (Alt-F2) very sluggish on a new computer?

I just got a new, strong ubuntu desktop. First time linux user. I'm trying the Run Application app ( Alt+F2 ), try "Ch" for Chrome, and the app thinks for 2-3 seconds before displaying the list of ...
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Can I change a shortcut key to Windows key?

I'm trying to change the shortcut key for "Run Application" ( Alt+F2 ) to the Windows key. When I click "Show the panel's Run application dialog box" in Keyboard Shorcuts, it says "New Shortcut", ...
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Error installing gmrun via apt-get

$ sudo apt-get install gmrun Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done gmrun is already the newest version. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to ...
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Ubuntu online installer? [closed]

Is it possible to install ubuntu (or preferably mint 9) on my toshiba notebook, using an online installer like the one on mintPPC? The one I am referring to is found here, but many can not access it. ...
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'd' Key on VNC Viewer Minimises All Windows

I'm running vnc4server on an Ubuntu 10.10 box, and connecting to it from an Ubuntu 8.04 machine using TightVNC Viewer 1.3.9. I'm unable to type anything with the character d within the VNC session, as ...
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What's a quick Launcher app which will do auto-complete? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which run dialog I'm a unix noob, looking for a good replacement to Windows 7's start menu (pressing Windows key and typing "Ch" will bring up Chrome). I was told I can ...
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Colors wrong in wine with new x server with 8 bit color

I have an old pc game (win95) that I'm trying to play through wine on my ubuntu box. I got it running and all that pretty jazz using this code; $ xinit /usr/bin/xterm -- :1 -ac -depth 8 Then in the ...
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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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I shouldn't use root on my new ubuntu cloud instance, right?

I am playing with ubuntu on my new Rackspace cloud instance. However, the information they give me is for root access -- that doesn't seem like a best practice for doing development on this thing. ...
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Problem pinging from a specific interface

I'm trying to ping from a specific interface, I have a wired and a wireless connection both going into my laptop. My wired adaptor eth0 is on the IP 172.16.109.75 My wifi adaptor wlan0 is on the IP ...
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Install Ubuntu over Suse without affecting Windows

I have Windows XP and Linux Suse 11 installed on my laptop for some time. I want to replace my Suse installation with Ubuntu and would like to know if it is possible to do that without affecting the ...
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No sound when attached to docking station

I have been using Linux and Ubuntu only since the last two months on my (2006) Sony Vaio VGN A617S laptop which is going pretty well on Ubuntu 10.10. When installing Ubuntu audio did get installed ...
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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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internal speaker not working ubuntu 10.10

I have a dv6000 laptop . My speaker and mic were working few days ago . But now only external speaker works. Can anyone suggest me some solutions please. Thanks.
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How do I work with GUI tools over a remote server?

I have an Ubuntu server running on EC2 (which I didn't install myself, just picked up an AMI). So far I'm using putty to work with it, but I am wondering how to work on it with GUI tools (I'm not ...
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How is MIME type “text/html” registered to shared-mime-info? Where is its *.xml file?

On Ubuntu 10.10, which XML file under the directory /usr/share/mime/applications is for MIME type text/html? I checked xml.xml and xhtml+xml.xml, but neither has a glob pattern of *.html. So where is ...
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Negatives/downsides of Ubuntu's no-root sudo setup

By default, Ubuntu does not create a root account that the user can login to. Instead users use sudo when they need to perform actions that require administrative access. Obviously, the people at ...
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What is the proper way to manage multiple python versions?

I have a machine with Python 2.6 installed as the default Python. Then, I installed Python 2.7, and manually created /usr/bin/python as a symlink to the new installation. Then, I was running into ...
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How to connect two Linux computers with bluetooth?

I have 2 computers, both have Ubuntu 10.10 desktop edition installed. Both have bluetooth dangle, but the manufacturers are different. I want to connect the two computers and share the Internet ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 network connection cut down after few minutes of starting

Ubuntu 10.10 network connection works fine at the start, but few minutes later the network manager pops up a message saying disconnected you are offline and Chrome browser returns an error message ...
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fedora like ubuntu

I remember ubuntu like a system which had every repository that I could enable and download apps. But now in fedora I can use only her repository and it's all. Do you know if I can change my fedora to ...
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Ubuntu 10.0 sound muted automatically on ThinkPad

My laptop is ThinkPad T61, with Ubuntu 10.10 installed. The sound works all well, until I plugged the Creative XiFi Go USB sound card. After I reboot my computer, the internal speaker is muted ...
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Why is this python error message generated whenever I type a nonsense command?

Whenever I type any "nonsense" command, this python error message is generated. Normal commands work fine. Any idea how to debug this? $ somenonexistingcommand Traceback (most recent call last): ...
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Differences between Debian and Ubuntu

I'm getting sick of Ubuntu's seemingly random changes. I'm thinking of switching to Debian permanently. Does anyone know if there's a list of changes between the two distros somewhere? I want to know ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 notification system area , many icons disappeared like network manager

When I restarted the computer I found no network icon. I tried to access internet but no connection was found. I also didn't have the Bluetooth, sound, battery, and power icon. Its really crazy that I ...
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How to setup Nvidia GeForce 9800 card on Ubuntu 10.10

I have problem on graphic card with ACER V193w LCD display. I really don't know how to configure /setup/ Nvidia GeForce 9800 on Ubuntu 10.10. Can you guys please help me!
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Ubuntu 10.10 installed from windows 7: how to expand drive?

I'm new to Linux. I've installed Ubuntu 10.10 from Windows 7. It's not in Virtual PC, it is independent. It uses a virtual drive in c:, I have chosen it to be 10 Gb. Now I want to increase the size ...
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Autoconfig/Automake fails to generate AM_CFLAGS & AM_LDFLAGS for dependent D-BUS library. Why?

I want to build a program that use DBUS, using automake/autoconfig tools. But the make command always report an error "dbus/dbus-glib.h": No such file or directory. My OS is ubuntu 10.10. And I ...
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Copy a directory to external HDD

I'm trying to copy a directory to external HDD. I mounted the device and then typed : cd root tar -cf - * | (cd /mnt ; tar -xpf -) I got this error message: "cowardly refusing to create an empty ...
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Google Chrome Monospace Fonts Hard to Read

In Google Chrome on Ubuntu, I find it hard to read code. How can I change the font settings to make it easier to read?
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How can I restore my linux?

I had an hard-drive with two partitions: one was 460GB NTFS and the other was 5GB ext3 Ubuntu 10.10. I wanted to extend the Ubuntu partition, so I was going to shrink the NTFS partition by 15GB, but I ...