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error while compiling ffmpeg: gcc is unable to create an executable file

When I run the ./configure command in ffmpeg source directory I get this error: gcc is unable to create an executable file. If gcc is a cross-compiler, use the --enable-cross-compile option. Only do ...
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Home folder structure in Ubuntu 12.04.1?

Long story short, i just accidentally deleted my entire home folder. Thankfully it seems like the hidden files are still there. I'm not sure, but aren't all of the folders within the home folder ...
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Why does Ubuntu store the daemon logs on /var/log/daemon.log.1 instead of /var/log/daemon.log?

Pretty much what the title says. Trying to cat /var/log/daemon.log doesn't produce any output, while cat /var/log/daemon.log.1 does. Why do daemons store logs to the /var/log/daemon.log.1 file instead ...
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Using setkeycodes to map pressed and released to different “keys”

I have a keyboard that has a scroll wheel, but it doesn't work on Ubuntu and xev command doesn't show anything when moving it. But with the dmesg command I found this: When moving the scroll wheel ...
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Network icons showing not connected when my wired network cable shows that I am

One day the power just went off when was using my desktop computer running Ubuntu 11.04. When later the power came back, I couldn't access the internet. When I open any browser, it tells me I have no ...
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How do I restore my console default font, and why has it changed?

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10, and I use my console a lot. Today I discovered that its font was changed; specifically, this screen is from yesterday: and this is from today: First of all, any idea of ...
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degraded software raid boot

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 in a new server and set up the 4 hard drives with 3 RAID 1 devices, the configuration is such that the first two drives have md0 (swap space) and md1 (/) with the third ...
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Route VPN Through Proxy

I'm on a network which requires out-going traffic to pass through an http proxy. I would like to connect to my remote VPN through the proxy, but am not sure how to do this. Any thoughts? I am ...
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Effect of compiling from source on already installed applications

I use Ubuntu 12.04. Say I have installed package x from the repository (with all its dependencies) at version 1.7 but I need some functionality that is only available in version 1.8, so I download the ...
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Problem opening .dvi files

I would like to know why my Lubuntu 11.10 does not open my .dvi files created with Latex. Please, can anybody help me solve this problem? When I use evince L1.dvi, in the terminal, the evince ...
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Upstart: How to run a “stop” before stopping other services?

I recently found out about the upstart "service starter" that Ubuntu is using and that is (apparently) the future to start/stop jobs in Linux. It's pretty new to me (I was used to the old SysV system ...
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Cannot FTP more than 5791 bytes

On my home Kubuntu 11.10 machine I have discovered that I cannot upload via FTP any single files that is larger than 5791 bytes. I have tried to two different FTP servers (not anonymous rather my ...
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The command to upgrade to a new kernel from Ubuntu repositories

In the distro I'm most familiar with -- ALTLinux, a command like apt-get install kernel-image-std-def#3.0.... would install another kernel, and update the initramfs and the bootloader config ...
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Understanding different Linux Distros

I'm having a little bit of confusion when understanding linux based OS's. When I download the newest version of Mint and Ubuntu, aren't they the "same" at their core (kernel)? It just seems that they ...
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How to make LXTerminals open maximized in Lubuntu 11.04?

I have Lubuntu 11.04, I start my terminal sessions with a shortcut. The annoying thing is that the terminal windows are never maximized when I launch them, so every time I launch a terminal I must ...
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Allowing write access to an SMB mounted drive

Following this guide I was able to get my Samba share to mount on my Ubuntu 12.04 system. I can navigate the folders just fine. However I cannot create a directory nor create a file. I get the ...
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good Ubuntu/Debian distro for a development/coding VM?

I have a Windows laptop, but I like to use Linux as a development/coding environment. Currently I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 as a guest OS with VirtualBox. Some of the issues with this setup ...
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Ubuntu password policy

I want to set the system-wide password policy on an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server. Googling around, a lot of people point to this (very old) document: ...
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Cisco-like command Line Interface

I'm looking for a way to implement a fairly basic Cisco like command line interface on my Ubuntu server appliance (12.04 in particular). I've come across the following project: CLISH however, ...
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How to cache all internet downloads

I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04. How would I go about caching all downloads? And if Linux does not have this built in, then what are good tools for this? Please note that this isn't a browser ...
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Removed apt-get from Ubuntu

Well my fingers did manage to do sudo apt-get remove libstdc++6 and write, yes. That removed alot of system files. Is there any way to bring it up working again? I have connected to terminal, and wget ...
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Does my Ubuntu have module for USB 2.0?

I copy some files between my external HDD and Lenovo T400 laptop. The external HDD is 7 years old and has "USB 2.0" on its enclosure, and the laptop is 3 years old. The copying speed is mostly ...
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Shell script fails: Syntax error: “(” unexpected

I've been working on a script that automates setting up a development environment for Raspberry Pi development (step by step details that work are here). The script is linked in that article but ...
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Ubuntu and Fedora with slow intervals

I recently switched from Windows 7 to Linux and am completely new to this operating system. Although I am convinced by its advantages, an insurmountable problem has come up during this transition. ...
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'iwlist' -> interface doesn't support scanning (Ubuntu LTS 10.04)

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 (LTS) on a Samsung N150+ netbook. I cannot scan wifi networks using iwlist and I would like to do so. Here is the output from some tests: ...
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Creating and updating the packages for many Debian systems

I'm using a Lenny (Debian 5) for remotely controlled PC's (around 100 PC's) which will be pinging to my apache server. I'm developing a patch twice in a week to keep updated with the latest versions ...
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Determining Dependencies and Installing from Directory

I have a directory with all Dependencies in .deb format. But there are lots of them. I need only those that i need for gimp. biggenius@hacbook:~/Desktop/rocks/packages$ dpkg-deb -I ...
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executing binary file: file not found

I know there are similar questions out there, but I haven't found a solution nor this exact case. The binary was built on Arch Linux using its GCC 4.7. The package works fine on the build system. The ...
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Nvidia 9800GT and HP w1907v resolution woes

I was happily dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 a year or two ago, with, as in the title, an Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT graphics card (on a Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P) outputting VGA to an HP w1907v ...
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Why isn't there a server edition for Fedora like Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I was looking for a server edition of Fedora to download, and just found that they don't have one. It's very strange to me. If Ubuntu has both desktop and server editions, why doesn't Fedora follow ...
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Acroread Firefox plugin Ubuntu 12.04 issues

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04, every time I try to open a PDF through Firefox (which I like to do quite often as I read a lot of PDF documents and downloading each then deleting is tiresome) I get ...
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How do I get Fedora 17 boot media to boot my laptop?

I have been using Ubuntu since Ubuntu 11.10 came out. I was very satisfied with how Ubuntu has evolved over the past few years, but now I would like to try out Fedora 17 since that has been out for a ...
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Why is a drive mounted already at /mnt ? Is this ok?

One of my drives is mounted directly as /mnt $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/xvda1 7.9G 6.9G 597M 93% / udev 829M 4.0K 829M 1% ...
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How to prevent /var/log/mail.log from inflating?

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric). /var/log/mail keeps inflating on my server: Aug 5 10:48:25 domU-12-31-39-0B-C4-54 sm-msp-queue[13360]: q71He1xw027248: to=postmaster, delay=3+17:03:10, ...
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Peer to peer~ish LAN storage

I have a distributed application that consists in a main CMS server where "human" users can upload videos, pictures (media content, basically) and a bunch of "players" that play those videos or ...
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How do I determine whether my services are using runit or init?

How do I determine whether my services are using runit or init? I use Ubuntu 10.0.4. Such as nginx, chef, puppet, etc.
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shrinking partition containing root filesystem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change main partition size to install another distribution this is the image showing partitions on my hard drive. I am reading linux from scratch and so i need to ...
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What problem have I caused to eth1 by resetting my ubuntu machine?

I am using ubuntu 10.04 (Bio-linux 6.0). Last night I tried leaving my system in hibernate mode because there appears to be a bug in this version of ubuntu such that if I do a straight shut-down, the ...
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One machine & two keyboard, mouse & monitors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can one PC be used by two users at the same time via dual-monitor? I have a machine that is running Ubuntu. Can I have two monitors, mouses & keyboards for two ...
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How to find out if Ubuntu is using DHCP (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS GUI)

How can I find out if my IP address is DHCP, Fixed or Dynamic? I need to tell my network administrator what the IP address is, that my Virtual Machine is using. I know the numbers, but I don't know ...
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Does Linux log when a process is started, and the PID that gets assigned to it? Where can I find that log?

When my Ubuntu server starts up, I see a message that says: kernel: [11.895392] init: failsafe main process (631) killed by TERM signal. I would like to know what process this is but I'm not sure ...
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Minecraft server daily restart script

I've been searching to try to find the information I need, but I have so far been unsuccessful. What I would like to have happen daily is the following: Every time the machine starts, the Minecraft ...
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Is it safe to resize partition on /?

I currently have a 600gb disk, with Ubuntu installed, 600gb of which is given to the Ubuntu OS: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 592G 16G 547G 3% / udev ...
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Prevent lots of writes on Ubuntu Server running from flash drive

I would like to have a setting, where Ubuntu Server is installed and booting from a flash drive (SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8GB), with two HDDs running in RAID1 and 4 drives running with RAID0 (only 1 drive ...
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Trying to setup sudo user

I'm trying to setup sudo with no password but still I get prompted for password. I'm using Ubuntu, here is the relevant line from the sudoers configuration file : gandalf ALL=(ALL:ALL) NOPASSWD: ...
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Where does package make-doc end up after installation?

I am on Mint 12 KDE. I used Software Manager to install make-doc - "Documentation for the gnu version of the "make" utility". How do I access what was downloaded?
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Strange file ownership with Ubuntu

Normally we know when we create one file in Linux, the file's owner and group will set with the creator. For example, I have one user, usera, after I execute usera@srv1:$touch 1.txt I will find the ...
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8-bit input in gnome-terminal

I'm trying to switch from xterm to gnome-terminal but having trouble with alt keys. I have already disabled menu access keys, but I still need 8-bit inputs. In xterm I can set 8-bit inputs in ...
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Reload ~/.profile for desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how do i tell gnome to reread my ~/.profile How to change environment variables without re-logging to UI? I'm trying to reload my ~/.profile without login out. I can ...
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Permisions overwritten when files are transfered via FTP. What to do?

Got my web server up and running using apache2 with the ability to ftp to /var/www folder. However, if I make an update to .html and copied over the file via ftp, the file's permisions become more ...