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Repackaging a Debian package

I need instructions on how to do repackage a .deb package. Situation: I have a .deb package for an application with no source. I need to modify a Description field, save the file change and ...
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Run a script after lid is opened

I would like to run a script after my laptop lid is opened. is there anything like rc.local that is run after the laptop wakes up after suspending? I use Ubuntu 12 (I need it because some of the ...
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SSH into Ubuntu VM remotely

I don't have much Linux or networking experience, but I'm trying to SSH into an Ubuntu virtual machine from outside of my home network. The Ubuntu virtual machine (running inside VirtualBox) is ...
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KUbuntu 10.04 / Dolphin File Manager: Is there a way to make .desktop files display the filename the same as the NAME= in the metadata?

As shown in the below screenshot, if I have a Folder Widget setup to point to the Desktop "place", the .desktop files appear with the filename of the Name= value in the file. However, if I browse ...
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Recover many files using ntfsundelete

I am using the following command to scan for deleted files: sudo ntfsundelete /dev/sda1 -S 400m-20g -p 100 How can I restore the all of the results? I have tried: sudo ntfsundelete /dev/sda1 -u ...
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How can I run my own scripts in kate 3.8.2? “External tools” isn't available in the plugins section

I am using Kubuntu 12.04 LTS. How can I run my own scripts in kate 3.8.2? It appears that the plugin named External tools is no longer available. I would like to run Python or shell scripts in kate ...
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xinerama, 2 cards, 3 monitors

I've been trying to get this right and I'm so nearly there, but not quite. This machine has an Intel adapter with one monitor, and an ATI adapter with two. I'm happy to use xinerama to get this ...
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Split a physical X display into two virtual displays?

I just purchased a TripleHead2Go and configured it using OSX. What this box does is simply take 1-3 multiple external monitors and combine their signal into one single resolution. I'm using two ...
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Can I disable dead keys for a single application?

I am unable to properly use dead key characters ( ' " ^ ) on (k)ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04 in arduino (a processing based application, at least version 0022 and 1.0). Can I disable dead keys for specific ...
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Can a linux user change their password without knowing the current password?

I'm setting up a few ubuntu boxes, and using opscode's chef as a configuration tool. It would be fairly easy to install public keys for each user on each of these servers, and disable password ...
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How to install daemontools on ubuntu or debian from source

I am installing D.J.B.'s daemontools on an ubuntu 10.04 server (64 bit). (This question is about daemontools, which is a free and open software for managing UNIX services. It is not about 'DAEMON ...
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Terminal - display too small to run menuconfig?

I am trying to install drivers and when I try to run the command make menuconfig I get the error message that the "display is too small" for that command? What does this mean, and how to solve this? ...
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Achieving full resolution with PowerVR SGX454 on Ubuntu 12.04

I have a Mini-PC with an ASRock AD2700B-ITX motherboard, which has an Intel PowerVR SGX545 on-board graphic chip. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it today. Everything is working properly and is quite ...
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Alt-Left on OSX to behave like Alt-Left on Ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change previous/next word shortcut in bash? When connected to a ubuntu server bash shell, I can hold alt key and press the left or right keys to move forward or ...
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How to increase the timer before drive spins-down?

I use Ubuntu 12 beta on a Lenovo Z575. I noticed that the disk spins down a few seconds after the last operation. When I am working, e.g. in the vim and write quite often, it spins-up and -down ...
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Booting Laptop with external monitor stalls

Whenever I try to boot linux with an external monitor attached to my laptop, it hangs after checking the battery state with the following message repeated several times: ...crtc_helper_set_config... ...
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Allowing an entire subnet on Ubuntu server 11.10

I am trying to allow all hosts in my subnet to connect to a server I have running in VirtualBox with ssh. I have tried several different methods so far, none of which have made any progress. What I ...
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Finding files that use the most disk space

Is it possible to list the largest files on my hard drive? I frequently use df -H to display my disk usage, but this only gives the percentage full, GBs remaining, etc. I do a lot of data-intensive ...
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“error: no such device” at boot in Ubuntu Server 11.10 with Raid1

I have a configuration of 4 HDD's as Raid1 2 pairs of 2 HDD's. First Raid1 pair is for system, so I just made an 40GB space for swap, and the rest of it for the root, the second pair of Raid1 is for ...
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terminal: non-english characters

I used to be able to copy&paste (or type if I load respective keyboard layout) any kind of characters (eg. é ö ñ ß و 好) in my console/terminal. Now I bought a new computer and it does not work ...
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VirtualBox: two network interfaces (NAT and host-only ones) in a Debian guest on Ubuntu

I created a Debian VM on VirtualBox with two interfaces: a NAT one (for accessing internet) and a host-only one. However, I do not know how to make both interfaces work at the same time. If I the ...
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How do I set mouse double click speed in Lubuntu

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10. The only problem I have that the mouse double click speed is a bit high (it seems to me that it is around 100-200ms) and I would like it to set it to around 500ms. Is there a ...
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OpenSSH, chroot user: Root needs to own the user directory, is there any consequence?

I want to create an account for my friend on my computer, but I don't want my friend to be able to view all my files. I saw that with OpenSSH, there is an option for that. Inside the SSHD ...
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About to replace windows with Ubuntu 11.10. Will this cause any problems?

I have Ubuntu installed on a (originally just Windows) machine using wubi. What are the chances of going something horribly wrong if I were to: create a new partition Install Ubuntu 11.10 on it ...
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Guake throws an error on startup

I'm using Ubuntu-Server 12.04, but I wasn't sure if this was an Ubuntu specific question, so I'm posting it here. I got myself a graphical user interface by installing xinit and openbox (using apt-...
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Ubuntu automatically connects to a wireless network when its already connected by eth0 to the same network

I use Ubuntu 11.04, and I work at an institution which has wired and wireless connectivity. My computer is set to automatically connect to the wireless network if it is available. When I am plugged ...
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How can I upgrade pip on Ubuntu 10.04?

On Ubuntu 10.04 I've used apt-get install pip to install pip after which I installed django. Then I tried to uninstall django with pip via pip uninstall django which gives me: pip: error: No command ...
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How can I resolve the “invalid ELF header” warning when trying to SSH and what does it mean?

I'm getting some kind of warning when checking my connection to github. Why is it happening and how can I resolve it? $ ssh -TI ~/.ssh/id_rsa git@github.com dlopen /home/ubuntu/.ssh/id_rsa failed: /...
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Is it possible to redirect X of an ssh session to the display of a connected vncviewer

I have a setup of three machines. Machine A runs a vncserver and an ssh server, Machine B runs a vncviewer, Machine C runs an ssh client. The vncviewer on B connects to the vnc server on A. The ...
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How can I look up a username by id in linux?

The command id can be used to look up a user's uid, for example: $ id -u ubuntu 1000 Is there a command to lookup up a username from a uid? I realize this can be done by looking at the /etc/passwd ...
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Install Backtrack 5 r2 into running LUKS setup installed with ubuntu

One Harddisk (sda) Two Partions. With a working ubuntu running. 1) /boot 2) LVM with this virtual volumes/partions/ or whatever they are called inside: Swap Ubuntu Home Prepared for Backtrack Of ...
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Change password in headless mode

I am building a script to fully automate a VPS setup, and I need to change the root password. I would like to avoid typing it as the script is running through SSH. Is there a way to redirect an ...
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How to set separate global/user keyboard settings in LXDE?

I need to have English (US) and no compose key for the system, and I'd like English (Dvorak alternative international no dead keys) + Caps Lock as the compose key for myself. How can I set this up? I ...
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How do I install Ubuntu from Suse?

I just got a new laptop (HP ProBook 4520s), and I don't have my PC here, with which I used to create bootable USB's to install Ubuntu with. I only have an USB, an external hard drive, and some CDs/...
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D-Link Wireless N 150 USB Adapter on Ubuntu

Link DWA-123 wireless adapter, on my desktop running Ubuntu 9.10 the device is being recognized as in, when I hit lsusb i get this entry Bus 001 Device 010: ID 2001:3c17 D-Link Corp. [hex] How do i ...
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Gnome Terminal won't autocomplete

My gnome-terminal on a ubuntu 10.10 machine is not working the way it should work. No autocomplete is working. ctrl + l won't clear the screen, bash prompt is simply a $ and nothing else. I got this ...
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Why does boot fail with my custom kernel at the mknod step?

I want to build a custom kernel under Ubuntu. I configured and built the new kernel. The new kernel hasn't initrd and comes from vanilla source. I build this new monolithic kernel only with drivers it ...
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Notification out of screen

The notifications extrude the screen. Anyone could help? I am on Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome3.2.
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XFS vs Ext4 vs Others - which file system is stable, reliable, for long run such as 24/7 case [closed]

XFS and Ext4 file system which one is really stable and reliable for long run with heavy disk write and read? the system will be used in a place where 24/7 is in service, and every second there is ...
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Is there parallel wget? Something like fping but only for downloading?

I've found only puf (Parallel URL fetcher) but could to get it work with reading urls from file and something like puf < urls.txt does not work either. The operating system installed on the ...
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wired connection not working under Ubuntu 10.04

(using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a netbook prior to any updates) The wireless works fine, the wired connection has been tested using a Windows computer. Choosing auto eth0 from the power manager fails. ...
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No sound with fresh Kubuntu install

I've just taken the plunge and installed Kubuntu as my main desktop env but I can't get the sound to work, and was wondering if anyone would be so kind as to help me work out what the problem is. I ...
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How do I install hgview on Ubuntu?

I'm trying to install hgview on Ubuntu, but it's not working. $ hg version Mercurial Distributed SCM (version 2.1) (see http://mercurial.selenic.com for more information) Copyright (C) 2005-2012 ...
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What happened to my desktop?

I have Linux Mint 12 Gnome desktop, everything was normal yesterday. I shut my PC down yesterday and went to sleep, I turned it on today, and see what happened You see how everything is messed up? ...
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How to manually uninstall urllib, urllib2, requests python packages?

I'm having a problem with urllib, urllib2 and requests, three python libraries. I use Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS and python 2.6.5 (we can use with python) (but I had installed manually, after the problem, ...
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Opening files from Ubuntu server over ssh from Mac Terminal

So I SSH into a Ubuntu server and try to open the file in a Mac program (Coda) and get an error: Couldn't get a file descriptor referring to the console Using the command open myfile.html This ...
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How would I direct local(127.0.0.1) MySQL traffic to an external SQL server?

Basically, I have two EC2 instances on Amazon Web Services. They are both running Ubuntu 11.10 x64. They both have a private and a public (Elastic) IP addresses. I'm having trouble setting up iptables ...
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Linux program running on Ubuntu machine but not on Unix webserver

I've downloaded the command-line program "Whitaker's Words" which was available for Linux as well as Windows etc. There is a main program named words. I tried to execute it on my Ubuntu (11.10) ...
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Building a custom xbmc distro with ubuntu

How could you use Ubuntu to create your own distro of XBMC (ex. Boxee Plex)? Is there a site (I checked XBMC's wiki and found nothing) that tells you how to do this?
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Is my USB hard disk dead?

My USB hard disk started to make some beep type of sound and then stopped working. I have to replug the hard disk to make it work again. After some time same sound is heard and again it stops working....