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Using X11 as a photo frame

I'm currently using a netbook as a small home server and I was thinking about extra uses I could set up. Currently it has Ubuntu (possibly a netbook-specific version) installed, so it contains ...
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Can /mnt/hgfs/'shared folder' be used as apache root?

I have an Ubuntu Server (12.04) running on my development machine. It is in a VM. I have succeeded with the task of setting up Apache2, MySQL, and PHP. I can access the server from my host browser ...
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periodically can't access google

On a daily basis, at around the same time each day (early morning and early afternoon), my computer stops being able to access google or any sites that use google code (including sites that use google ...
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set up a user and its root dir in vsftpd, in Ubuntu

I want to setup a www-data user for vsftpd and set its root dir to /somepath/www-data/project. How can I do this?
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Reset dselect selection before package installation

I was looking through the list of packages with dselect, but pressed Return twice by mistake, thereby making it confirm and quit the [S]elect option. When I go to the [I]nstall option, it's now ...
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How do I use a font in .ttc format as the console font?

I rather dislike the available tty fonts and would rather use Menlo, which is what I use in OS X's Terminal. Menlo is in a .ttc format, but (from the contents of /usr/share/consolefonts) Linux seems ...
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Automating textual input from a bash script without using EOF

I'm running Ubuntu Linux. Suppose there is a program called myprogram. This program prompts the user for input; specifically, the user must type an integer when prompted and press Enter. I would ...
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What is the easiest way to set up a FTP server single signon pointing to /var/www?

I've tried following numerous tutorials found on the net. The setup always starts out simple like sudo apt-get intstall vsftpd and then goes into edditing the /etc/vsftp.conf file. This is where ...
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What is the default permission of folder /var?

I am a complete beginner in Linux. I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 in a pendrive, then installed MySQL and Apache PHP and then I tried to install Moodle (a distance learning platform I use at work). The ...
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Recommend distribution for Graphic Design

I'm new here. I need for a Linux Distribution for my girlfriend, to install on her computer (in a VM, to be more exactly). She studies Graphic Design, and she use to work on Windows XP, but she got ...
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vpn conntect over an additional server

I (A) want to connect to my virtual XEN-server (B) with Ubuntu OS via vpn. This server (B) should than connect to another server (C). The traffic should be routed from A to C. C is using CISCO VPN. ...
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Evince fails to start because it cannot read .Xauthority

I'm logged in remotely over SSH with X forwarding to a machine running Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid). Most X11 applications (e.g. xterm, gnome-terminal) work fine. But Evince does not start. It seems unable to ...
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Modern distribution on old hardware

I have an old system currently running ubuntu jaunty. The main harware specs are: Processor: AMD Athlon 1,2 GHz RAM: 512 MB Graphics: [SiS] 65x/M650/740 (output from lspci) HDD: 40 GB Now jaunty ...
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I installed Linux Mint 13 Maya (MATE) 64 bit, what should I choose when asked between Ubuntu, Fedora, etc?

Every other download for Linux, I'm being asked what distribution I have (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian etc) What should I choose having installed Linux Mint 13 Maya (MATE) 64 bit?
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SSH + Sudo + Expect in Bash script: Run command with sudo in remote machine

I am trying to automate the deploy of some .deb packages with an script. I want to execute sudo dpkg -i $myDeb.deb in a list of remote machines I can access with ssh. I've tried to automate the ...
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What are possible reasons for erratic NTP synchronistation?

On a Ubuntu 10.04 system I noticed following strange NTP sync events: Jul 3 02:19:51 hst ntpd[1432]: no servers reachable Jul 3 02:36:55 hst ntpd[1432]: synchronized to 91.189.94.4, stratum 2 Jul ...
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Running jobs in parallel on Ubuntu - I/O contention differences between Perl and Java

Apologies if this is off topic - it concerns the relative efficiencies of running I/O-heavy Perl/Java scripts in parallel on a Ubuntu system. I have written two simple versions of a file copy script ...
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Weird samba and gvfs behavior - ~half of directories/files randomly appears to be “missing”

The situation: Server with Gentoo Linux and Samba on it. There's around 15 Windows PCs, one MacBook Pro and one Samsung's laptop with Ubuntu. There's no domain, just a workgroup and the server is used ...
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Using Creative Sound Blaster on Ubuntu Server

I just got a Creative Sound Blaster for playing audio wirelessly. I connected it to a virtual version of Ubuntu desktop and just had to go into the sound settings and switch it to the USB and the ...
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Not able to configure phpmyadmin in Ubuntu 12.04

I tried to configure LAMP on Ubuntu 12.04 following this guide (http://www.howtoforge.com/installing-apache2-with-php5-and-mysql-support-on-ubuntu-12.04-lts-lamp). But when I point to ...
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How can I rename all files in the current directory having a particular extension to another extension? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Renaming multiple files (changing extension) Suppose that in my current/working directory I have five files: file1.xvg file2.xvg file3.xvg file1.eps file2.eps Is ...
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“mount: / is busy” when trying to mount as read-only so that I can run zerofree

I am trying to run zerofree on Ubuntu 11.04 so that I can compact the VirtualBox vdi image using: VBoxManage modifyhd Ubuntu.vdi --compact In order to run zerofree the disk image has be mounted as ...
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Can I make SSMTP to automatically set the “To:” header?

I'm using the ssmtp package to send e-mail via g-mail. Everything is working fine with it - the only strange thing is that if I send mail via the command line, the "to field" is funky. ssmtp ...
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ubuntu usb sound card sometimes recognized and sometimes not at boot

I have a linux ubuntu 12.04 server machine which works with an usb sound card. When rebooting the machine, sometimes the usb sound card is recognized and sometimes not, I cannot figure out a reason ...
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Running Gst Player through command line [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Commandline gstreamer player I want to run my Gst Player through command prompt in ubuntu 10.10 please help
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Disabling email for an account

I have an amazon ec2 instance running ubuntu. There are only a couple of user accounts and the server is used to host a small web app. Apparently, by default, each user account has an email account. ...
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Booting linux from usb using EFI

I need to use a USB drive as an installation media for my Mint and Ubuntu. For that I have unetbootin to make the usb bootable. But my PC only supports EFI boot (while adding the boot device, I need ...
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I cannot install new packages: “Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock”

I am new to Linux (installed Ubuntu for the first time yesterday), and have never dealt with any unix-based OS. I started using Linux for the sole purpose of collaborating code with my partners via ...
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How should I rsync files in /var/www if I want them to be owned by www-data?

I have set up a new ec2 ubuntu box and installed apache and php5. By default you log onto the box with the ubuntu user who has sudo privileges. I believe apache runs as root and php5 runs as ...
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Running uinput code on DM368 board

I am using DM368 TI board. I want to send keystrokes to gstplayer in ubuntu 10.10 For that purpose i used uinput function in C code. My code works properly on console but not on the hardware. I even ...
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Switch Fn key state

I have this issue with Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge. Its keyboard has Fn key, which acts in my Ubuntu (with Fluxbox) as if it is always "active/pressed". I can't use standard F1-F12 keys unless I hold ...
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Dovecot version upgrade

I am using ubuntu 12.04 and dovecot version is 1.2.9, I want to upgrade my dovecot version from 1.2.9 to 2.1.7
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CPU stuck at 99% for a few hours. Really need help figuring out logs

extract from syslog: CRON[pid]: (user) CMD ( [ -x /usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime ] && [ -d /var/lib/php5 ] && find /var/lib/php5/ -depth -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type f -cmin ...
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How can I set up a remote port forward on port 80 to my localhost with the help of setcap?

I'd like to accept connections briefly for development when I'm NATed, and so I'm attempting to do this: $ ssh ubuntu@example.org -R 80:localhost:80 Which fails as I'm trying to bind a port that is ...
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How to install/uninstall .deb packages?

.deb is the extension of the Debian software package format and the most often used name for such binary packages. Debian packages are also used in distributions based on Debian, such as Ubuntu and ...
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Is Ubuntu LTS binary compatible with Debian?

RedHat and CentOS are binary compatible. So everything that works on the one will most propably work on the other (same RPMs, same libs, same versions, same dependencies)... Does the same hold true ...
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PPPoE connection problem

I have just installed Backtrack 5 R2 and I'm finding it difficult to make a DSL internet connection. What troubles me is that I think I have all the steps figured out, and after completing them, the ...
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Finding the library versions a library was linked against

I have a library that was compiled on an unknown Ubuntu machine, And I'd like to determine what version of Ubuntu that machine had at the compile time. My idea was to try and find the versions of ...
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Run an application under Tomcat

I have an application that needs to run under Tomcat. I have installed Tomcat but I don't know where can I put the directory of the project.
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Rake - “bundle exec” - how can I avoid `bundle exec` with my `rake spec`

When I try to bundle exec I'm getting You have already activated rake 0.9.3.beta.1, but your Gemfile requires rake 0.9.2.2. Using bundle exec may solve this. ... I have rake, version 0.9.3.beta.1 ...
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How can I share a desktop / log in graphically for an Ubuntu that I have ssh but not console access to?

http://www.ubuntugeek.com/share-your-ubuntu-desktop-using-remote-desktop.html tells how to share a desktop by setting multiple features from within a GUI. Is there such a HOWTO that is based on ssh ...
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Forcing X to recognise video ram, saving the file 99-vesa file

So I was looking at a question about forcing X to recognise video memory to achieve 1080p resolution, however when I finished the following piece of code: Section "Device" Identifier ...
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Have network always wait for a network connection?

Just as the title says, is there a way to tell Ubuntu Server to constantly wait for an ethernet connection after it gets disconnected? Use case: Ethernet cable gets unplugged (intentionally) for a ...
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Dual/Triple Booting with dmraid and non-raid disk

I currently have 3 hard drives in my computer The first two disks are in a RAID-1 array, using an Intel P55 chipset, and accessed through dmraid, with the third drive partitioned like so: Filesystem ...
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Applying changes to xorg.conf without restarting

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and making some changes to /etc/X11/xorg.conf. I now need to restart X server to apply the changes, but I don't want to restart my machine. I know restarting the display ...
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In Ubuntu, is there a way to virtually merge two folders without unionfs or aufs?

I've got a source control system at work that I can't modify which scatters a bunch of files in unfortunate places. My IDE expects these folders to be in a single unified location. Normally I'd just ...
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Lm-Sensors: Run specific commands when temperature goes above/below limits

I have a pretty badly ventilated computer whose temperature reaches 100º C in some occasions. The poor thing can't be ventilated any better ("put a bigger fan" is not a suitable solution). When the ...
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Unable to login due to invalid screen resolution

I changed the screen resolution on Ubuntu 12.08 using the GUI, but I think I've changed it to an unsupported resolution, and now the system logs me out immediately after I login. I tried using xrandr ...
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Partitioning scheme for a virtual machine host

I am planning to use an Ubuntu Server 12.04 with KVM to create 2 virtual machines. Reading some docs on the net, I have found that a good approach is to use LVM based VM, so my idea is to have: 1 ...
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(L)ubuntu 12.04 syslog to custom file (not /var/log/syslog but /var/log/mylog) - ubuntu 12.04

I successfully tested the following syslog "hello world" example on ubuntu 12.04: // gcc giuspexample.c -o giuspexample #include <syslog.h> int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { ...