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How to stop Mod4-P from switching the display? [closed]

I use Ctrl-P very frequently to scroll backward in the command history, but I often mistype it as Mod4-P, which is bound to the switch display function. I've searched around Keyboard shortcuts and ...
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How to avoid powering down certain USB devices when a machine is suspended

I'd like to maintain power supply to a USB-powered drive when the system goes into suspend (AKA S3 or "suspend-to-RAM") mode. Normally the power is cut while the machine is suspended, which causes it ...
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USB Ubuntu with whole-disk encryption

Is it possible to create a single-user USB installation (with persistence) of Ubuntu Linux such that the entire USB stick is encrypted and requires a passphrase at boot time? Is there an online ...
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Under Ubuntu, how do I set a static IP for firewire?

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop, which connects to our network wirelessly. Since it sits on my desk next to my desktop, I have a private network between the two using a firewire cable, because ...
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Install Ubuntu from a small USB stick

I'd like to install Ubuntu (Desktop or netbook edition, preferably latest version), onto a laptop using a small USB stick. (480 MB free space.) How can I do this?
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power management of USB-enclosed hard drives [closed]

With a typical USB hard drive enclosure, is the full range of drive power management functionality available? edit: moved this into a separate question: In what may be an unrelated matter: is it ...
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wubi pros and cons

Do you have experience using Wubi and if so, what are the major pros and cons ? I am of course particularly interested in potential problems.
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A small challenge to familiarize myself with Linux [closed]

I would like to learn more about Linux. I briefly went through a few books and quite a few articles online, but the only way to learn something is to actually start using it. I would like to jump in ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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Disk space disappearing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to understand what's taking up space? Hi, I am using Ubuntu 10.10. I have 40G of disk space in my partition /home and have used up 10 G of it, so I should have ...
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Kernel Panic because of RAM stick?

one of my RAM sticks causes a Kernel Panic on my Ubuntu 10.10 (something like "not syncing" with a lot of memory adresses shown on screen). It's definitely this one RAM stick and not its socket ...
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Setting processor fan to 100%

How can I set fans speed to 100% or more in linux ?
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Problems moving home partition

I was running low in disk space on my Linux box, Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop, (specifically on my /home partition) so I added another disk to it and I am trying to move the home partition into it. I am ...
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How to enter into BusyBox when booting?

I have occasionally installed cloud-init package in Ubuntu, which blocks me from booting. Neither recovery mode works. Because cloud-init installed some upstart job configuration. So I want to enter ...
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No core dump on Ubuntu on a Parallels shared folder

I have an application that I'm working on, and I'm having trouble getting a core dump when it segfaults. In fact, I'm having trouble getting real core dump files at all. A simple test case will ...
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Guest Additions in VirtualBox

I'm setting up a development server with VirtualBox. I've installed Ubuntu 10.10 Server. I want to use filesharing to setup the files that I need to develop on but it seems that the CD drive is not ...
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View Script Over SSH?

A friend, using a remote machine, SSHed to my machine and ran the following python script: while (1): ....print "hello world" (this script simply prints 'hello world' continuously). I am now ...
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`p` key doesn't work in X

Today I had to force-shutdown my machine after it froze during resume from suspend. Since the reboot, I've found that the p key doesn't work normally in X. It does work normally in the console. ...
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From Ubuntu 10.10, how do you connect to a Windows 7 share without a password setup?

I have: Ubuntu 10.10 Windows 7 in virtual box (let's call this vbox) Then another Windows 7 machine (let's call this remote) in the network When I'm on vbox and browse (\ip.of.remote) I'm able to ...
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Query DHCP server leases from Perl script

I have a Windows 2003 server and need to poll the DHCP lease information from it with a perl script that is running on a Ubuntu server. Then I need to analyze & store the information in a mysql ...
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Why can't Rhythmbox play most of the files from my mt-daap share?

I have the Firefly Media Server (mt-daap) set up on an Ubuntu 10.10 VM, and I Ubuntu 10.10 set up on my laptop. I am running Rhythmbox and using that to play the music files off the daap share. ...
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Grub error 21 unless both sd card and live-usb are present

I'm not sure exactly how my EEE PC got to this point, but I have Backtrack (an Ubuntu-based distro) on the SD card, and a few different Ubuntu LiveUSB distros on different USB memory sticks. If both ...
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How to get Nautilus to “Open with Archive Mounter”?

I see Ubuntu screenshots showing that one can right-click an ISO, and have an option to "Open with Archive Mount". How do I get that running elsewhere where it isn't default (Debian in my case)? This ...
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How to recover a missing file

I am running ubuntu and last week the system didn't let me alter files as if I had no write permissions. Then on reboot the system did a check of the system which took some time. Then everything went ...
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Screen turns on automatically (xset dpms force off)

I am using xset dpms force off to manually turn my screen off to save power. However, it turns back on after some time (20 - 40 seconds). Distro: Ubuntu-Lucid Graphics: Intel 4500 MHD ...
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What specific vulnerabilities am I creating by disabling the sudo password?

Here are some instructions on how to disable your sudo password. These carry the following warning If you disable the sudo password for your account, you will seriously compromise the security of ...
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What is the difference between ls and l?

I accidentally typed l instead of ls today and found that the command still printed a list of the files in my current directory. Trying l --help brings up the help file for ls suggesting that l is ...
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How to use iphone internet tethering via USB with Ubuntu 10.04

What are the steps to use iPhone 3G internet tethering via USB on Ubuntu 10.04? Is there software I need to install on Ubuntu for this? The tethering works fine on Windows.
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Ubuntu postfix installation error: trying to overwrite '/usr/sbin/validlocale', which is also in package libc-bin 0:2.10.1-0ubuntu18

I am trying to install Postfix on Ubuntu 10.04 using command sudo apt-get install postfix but there comes error as shown below: Preconfiguring packages ... (Reading database ... 164023 files and ...
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Good free intro to Ubuntu? [closed]

So a friend asked me if I knew of a good Ubuntu tutorial or book. I remembered one from a while ago: the Ubuntu Pocket Guide, but it turns out it's from 2008, so it's not really ideal any more. Are ...
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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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How to have correct permissions of files from usb disks?

Does anyone have the following problem? I have an Ubuntu box at work and also one at home. I always copy folders/files to/from an usb disk to/from my boxes. I have to change permissions of ...
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Add Apache to Ubuntu's startup

I'm currently learning the Linux environment, and decided to manually install the Apache server. For educational purposes, I've compiled it into: /server/apache The http.conf location is configured ...
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How do I prevent GRUB from using/starting any graphical UI?

I have a problem with an older Laptop (Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S6010, to be precise) and an Ubuntu (10.10, Xubuntu desktop) installation (fresh install). During installation the graphics hardware ...
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Top and bottom panels disappeared in Ubuntu 10.10 (Gnome)

For some reason my top and bottom panels have disappeared. I can't right-click and add a new panel either. I tried executing gnome-panel from the terminal, rebooting, but no luck. Any idea how to ...
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“lshw -C disk” returns but prints nothing

I am using an ubuntu live cd to help me recover some data off of a hard drive. I used lshw -C disk to find out which device I need to copy, /dev/sda in this case. I am using ddrescue -n to try and ...
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Dragging of windows slow/laggy after installing ATI Radeon HF 4870 graphic drivers in Ubuntu 10.10 Gnome?

I recently installed ubuntu 10.10. Graphics were actually fine, by just using the default drivers, and I could drag windows fast and smoothly. However, since I have an ATI Radeon HD4870 card I should ...
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Wine cdrom mount locations on Linux Mint 10 (Ubuntu 10.10) — problems post install/switching discs

I've been trying to install a few windows games with wine on Linux Mint 10 (based on ubuntu 10.10), but I am finding that my cd-rom mount points aren't standard. ie: rather than /media/cdrom I get ...
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Bacula + bat on Ubuntu Maverick

Okay, so I have a goal, and I'm unsure of the best steps to take to get there. Goal: Set up a Linux VM in VirtualBox (Host: Windows Server 2008 R2) Setup Bacula in a Linux environment Get Bacula to ...
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forwarding DHCP packets

I've got this configuration: WRouter ->(by wifi) Computer1 And I want to add another computer (computer2) connected by cable to computer1. Is it possible then to configure computer1 to forward ...
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DSL connection not working in Ubuntu 10.04

I use a wired PPPoE connection to connect to the Internet. What I need to do on Windows to connect to it is put in static IP address, gateway, subnet mask and DNS servers for my LAN card. Next I have ...
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List explicitly installed packages

In Gentoo there is the file /var/lib/portage/world that contains packages that I explicitly installed. By explicit I mean, packages that I choose, not including anything installed by default, or ...
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How to unpack libc6 source on Hardy using debian/rules?

How do I unpack the libc6 source code on Hardy without building everything? I run apt-get source libc6 and I get $ ls -1d glibc-2.7/* glibc-2.7/debian glibc-2.7/glibc-2.7.tar.bz2 ...
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/etc/rc.d vs /etc/init.d

Is ubuntu's /etc/init.d directory exactly equivalent (functionally) to what I presume to be the more standard /etc/rc.d/ (at least on arch)? Is there any particular reason canonical used init.d ...
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Does verifying packages enhance security and/or stability of a system?

RedHat/CentOS and Ubuntu both provide packages to verify the contents of a package. CentOS uses rpm -V. Ubuntu uses debsums. I've spoken to admins who run these tools to verify the packages on their ...
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VPN issues on web browsing

I'm using Ubuntu Maverick and this is the setup: Our router connects us to the company's VPN through which we can access some internal websites. I have to connect also to a customer's VPN in order to ...
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Ubuntu Login for first time

I installed Ubuntu 10.04, but when I tried to login I found out that my keyboard is inactive. I searched the Internet and learned how to activate the on-screen keyboard. But, when I activate the ...
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How come I installed Ubuntu 64 bit on a Pentium 4 machine?

I have just tried booting the Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit live USB on this machine and to my amazement everything works fine. I even installed the system, after which I checked with uname -a and the result is ...
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Ubuntu Desktop lost

On my Ubuntu 10.10 system, after configuring an external CRT to clone my desktop over S-Video, I've lost my desktop icon and right clicking on it does not show the menu or the menu bar. I've tried to ...
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Linux distro installation on 64 bit processor

I am trying to install Ubuntu/Fedora 64 bit versions on my machine and they shout back saying my CPU does not support x86_64 bit architecture and forces me to use i686 versions. I am currently ...