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How to connect a KVM guest to the internet with wireless

Because my wireless network adapter does not support bridging, it is really difficult to get the guest VM to connect to the open internet and have an IP address in the same network as the host. I am ...
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Why root's default shell is configured differently with other normal user account's default shell?

As I know, root's default shell is configured csh and normal user's default shell is sh in FreeBSD. And in Ubuntu, root is dash, normal user is bash. (refer: What's the Ubuntu's default shell?) Why ...
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Default File Permissions - Ubuntu & VSFTPD

I have a server setup with Ubuntu, Apache2 and VSFTPD. We virtual host several sites on this machine. Typically, I use the same process to set up the new sites, but the default permissions for some ...
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Virtual packages like 'mono-common' can't be removed

Any ideas? I'm trying to install mono as per these instructions: http://blog.ruski.co.za/page/Install-Mono-on-Ubuntu.aspx I need to be able to run the second command apt-get remove mono-common but ...
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Skype error in ubuntu 10.10

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 version. Recently i am finding this error. When i used to close the skype client then it used to go up to the desktop. ( The above panel where time and date are generally ...
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Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian/Ubuntu different? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian different? I asked this question on askubuntu.com recently but I was not satisfied with any answer. I realized ...
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How do I migrate configuration between computers with different hardware?

I want to migrate the configuration of an Ubuntu desktop to a new box with different hardware. What is the easiest way to do this? /etc/ contains machine and hardware specific settings so I can't just ...
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Youtube Videos become Choppy When Maximised [Ubuntu Maverick]

I just installed 32-bit Ubuntu Maverick 10 Stable everything is working fine, The system spec's are as below: 3 Ghz Intel DG101 512 MB RAM 80 GB HDD 256 MB Ati Radeon Xpress the only problem is when ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 bad install…now Mac won't boot

I've been having a problem all day. It all started when I tried to partition my HD to install Ubuntu with bootcamp on my mac. The install froze and when I restarted the Apple logo was replaced with ...
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Installation date of Ubuntu

How can I determine when Ubuntu was installed in my computer? There was a different question posted here, but none of them is helpful.
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How do I resize a partition in Ubuntu linux without losing data?

I ran out of space in my on the drive only to find that there was another unformatted partition in the system that is available. I now want to resize the current partition to take in the empty ...
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Fixing CTRL-* in vim under GNU screen

When running vim under GNU screen, I'm finding that combinations of CTRL with the arrow and Pg* keys don't work as expected. I'm using the Ubuntu 10.10 vim-gnome package. On a different machine, ...
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What functionality do I lose by disabling GDM/KDM/SLIM/CDM etc display managers?

I've been wondering lately why do I need GDM, so I got it disabled for the sake of experiment sake by modifying upstart file /etc/init/gdm (I run Ubuntu 10.10 desktop). So now computer boots to ...
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What makes CentOS “enterprisey” compared to “generic” distributions like Ubuntu?

What makes CentOS "enterprisey" compared to "generic" distributions like Ubuntu? When I say "enterprisey" I actually mean "better for server deployments". Just a general question, because I was ...
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restore suse grub

I upgraded my ubuntu and that resulted in its grub loader being used. I have a triboot of windows, ubuntu and suse. I prefer the suse bootloader which I was using before the ubuntu updates. I would ...
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blank screen after kernel upgrade

I am running ubuntu 10.10 with catalyst ati drivers which I installed from the amd website. Recently I took some updates which included a new kernel. I cannot boot into ubuntu. The screen shows ubuntu ...
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Run Python script on startup

Running on Ubuntu Karmic. I need to execute the following (updated) script at boot time #!/bin/sh # /etc/init.d/scripts # Description: Starts Python scripts # ————————————————– # ### BEGIN INIT INFO ...
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Force directory to always be in cache

I've been testing out different methods to improve the time it takes to compile my entire c++ project. Currently it takes ~5 minutes. I experimented with distcc, ccache, and others. Recently, I ...
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wireless problem

I just installed Ubuntu 10.10 to make my dell inspiron 1564 <64bit> dual boot. But I can't access wi-fi. I guess, I need to download drivers for wireless. My system details are: raman@ubuntu:~$ ...
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Install MySQL from Bash Script

I'm coding a bash script to automate the process of deploying VPS servers but I'm having some trouble while trying to install MySQL from either aptitude/apt-get or yum, this is what I have so far: if ...
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bulk rename (or correctly display) files with special characters

I have a bunch of directories and subdirectories that contain files with special characters, like this file: robbie@phil:~$ ls test�sktest.txt test?sktest.txt Find reveals an escape sequence: ...
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What's the difference between 32 and 64 bit linux?

What exactly are the implications? Can a 32 bit linux run applications that are compiled as 64 bit? Or vice versa? I just got a new machine with an i5 processor, I installed a copy of Ubuntu 10.10 ...
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How to list currently not installed packages?

I'd like to output a list of all, currently not installed, packages (they are visible in Synaptic for example) using only shell commands. How do I do this?
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LVM Mirrored Logical Volume Performance

I read that when mirroring a logical volume a log of some sort is used to keep the files in sync. You can either set it so this log is in a separate physical volume or in memory. I also read that if ...
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Can't get pop down menus to do anything in KDE/QT application GUIs in Ubuntu (Gnome session)

I have a brand new install of Ubuntu 10.10 x64 in an attempt to solve the following problem from my previous 10.04 x86 install, but with the exact same problem persisting. When trying to run Amarok or ...
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Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 (LTS) to a VPS server I'm renting and get this critical error when booting: Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83 This prevents the rest of the boot process to ...
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Add applications to launcher

I recently installed Matlab in /usr/matlab. What do I do to make it appear in the application launcher on the top left of the taskbar?
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Why is screen seemingly doing nothing with commands passed with -X?

I've been trying to set up an automated backup system for a minecraft server, and I'm having trouble with screen, specifically when using 'screen -r sessionname -X "/var/minecraft/somebatchfile"', ...
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Can the focus of a Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 be fixed at infinity under linux?

I have two Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 webcams which I am using as a home security system with the Motion package for linux. One problem I have is that because these webcams have auto-focus, sometimes ...
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No output produced when using winFF

I am using winFF in Ubuntu 10.04. WinFF is a graphical frontend to ffmpeg. Typically, after selecting a file in WinFF, setting my conversion settings and pressing the "Convert" button, a console ...
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Suspending my laptop breaks ethernet over firewire, are there commands which can fix it?

As mentioned in this question I am using a firewire cable to provide a private network between my laptop and my desktop, because it makes using the screen sharing program synergy much nicer than using ...
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Shell script error message

I am trying to learn shell scripting by reading linuxcommand.org. For some reason I keep getting the error "Not Found", even though it runs all the commands. The error codes I get are: ...
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Ubuntu: On a network with many clients there are two machines that can't access the web via a browser at the same time

Ok I'm pulling my hair out over this one. We have a wireless network with many clients all working well except two Ubuntu clients running 10.10 that can't access the internet via a browser at the same ...
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Why do all my DNS queries resolve to 192.168.1.251?

All my queries on one machine on my network have suddenly started to resolve to 192.168.1.251. This machine was used as the DNS server by other machines, so I noticed it as soon as it started ...
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FTP client with a good GUI?

I love linux because I get control over my system. But I do herald from the school of mac, where things are simple, beautiful, and powerful. I like it that way, as opposed to having lots of knobs and ...
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Graphical boot-up screen lost after upgrading the kernel

I used the Ubuntu 10.10 alternate install CD to install Maverick to an encrypted partition on a USB stick. This worked perfectly, but after the first cycle of updates that took the kernel from ...
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Removing abstraction from Ubuntu boot process

I have been using Linux after almost 5 years and observed that boot process has been almost abstracted. I mean, not much is visible to the user what is going on behind the scenes (Due to splash ...
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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 ...