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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 ...
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Need libca.so (Needed to install epics) [closed]

I need to install epics on my Ubuntu system, but when I try to it returns a warning saying it cannot find the dynamic library (libca.so or libCom.so). I tried to locate them, but it appears that they ...
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Octave package installation: “couldn't create installation directory”

I am trying to install the statistics package (1.0.10) for Octave (3.2.4), which requires the miscellaneous package. When installing the miscellaneous package (1.0.11) I receive the following error: ...
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Why won't my X Server won't start as a regular user?

X won't start on my main machine. I can start it as root, but then it only logs me in as root -- I can't use my regular user account. When I start up, it flashes a black screen, then hangs at ...
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VPN with network manager (nm-applet) is not working

My university (TU Wien) offers a VPN in order to get an IP of the university network. The instruction on the university webpage says to install the packages network-manager-gnome, network-manager-vpnc ...
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How do I log into my Linux laptop if I have forgotten both the login and password?

How do I log into my Linux laptop if I have forgotten both the username and password?
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RAMFS seems slower than expected — what is the bottleneck?

RAMFS doesn't uses swap (TMPFS does). So I mount the FS cd /mnt/; mkdir SOMETHING; mount -t ramfs -o size=1500m ramfs /mnt/SOMETHING; cd /mnt/SOMETHING I generate a testfile: dd if=/dev/zero ...
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How can I fsck a partition when the device reads as busy (but has been confirmed otherwise)?

I'm attempting to run fsck -p /dev/sda5 to repair errors on an ext4 partition, however the command outputs fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2 fsck.ext4: Device or resource busy while trying to open ...
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Are there programs that work for Red Hat but not Ubuntu?

And vice versa? What about other distributions too?
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Unable to mount a second hard drive in Ubuntu Server

I am adding a second drive to my Ubuntu Server. It was previously in a FreeNas system, but I got rid of the XFS partition and created an ext4 partition (in an older Ubuntu system). I then backed up ...
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TP-Link WN321G USB wlan in VirtualBox Ubuntu guest

I am trying wifi usb stick tp-link wn321g @ ubuntu 11.04 (in virtualbox), so far I was able to scan the air, connect to a wpa2 network and do some basic information gathering using airodump-ng Now ...
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dual boot solaris with ubuntu?

I have installed Solaris on my x86 machine (taking 100gb of 500gb). Now I have installed Ubuntu on the system (in another 100gb). I want to make primary OS as Solaris. I know setting have to be done ...
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Installing IE under linux Ubuntu 10.10

I want to install IE browser in ubuntu 10.10. I have done it using wine but its not working. Is there any possibility to install IE?
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Installing Flash Player for Safari in Ubuntu

I have installed Safari browser in Ubuntu 10.10 using Wine tricks. Now I wish to run a website which has Flash content. I am trying to install Adobe Flash but it is not working even though Flash is ...
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Is it Safe to chown on /usr/lib?

Can I do this? sudo chown -R myUsernName /usr/lib I mean can I do this without worrying that my OS will be broken? Or permissions will be screwed up? Here is the reason why I would like to do it ...
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How to get back sudo on Ubuntu?

I have done this: sudo chown -R myname /usr/ and now I can't use the sudo command because of this error: sudo: must be setuid root And as I read this means that the owner of this file ...
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best practice to backup config files

I want to setup froxlor on not fresh install remote server (Ubuntu 10.04.2). I take care of admin the server since two month. Before I start, the previous guy installed and config some services and ...
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Set up Grub2 to boot Freebsd using either Ubuntu tools or LiveUSB to find what partitions?

I currently have Windows7 and Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) installed on my computer. I also made a FreeBSD liveUSB (or installer, not sure; just dded their .img to the USB stick) and installed it without ...
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Ubuntu x86 10.10 terminal

I just downloaded a Ubuntu v10.10 vmware image for Windows. I'm trying to install a web application that can only run on Linux MySQL, Apache and PHP. How do I open a terminal in Ubuntu?
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What does 'Invalid module format' mean?

After executing... sudo modprobe rt3572sta I get... Invalid module format What does it mean? I'm trying to get Wusb600n v2 working on Lucid Lynx. Does it mean that kernel versions aren't ...