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Web-based Samba client interface for headless system

I run a file server on a Raspberry Pi at home. Also at home on another Raspberry PI; I'm running Openelec Kodi. The instance that I'm envisioning is where my (not-very-tech-savvy) wife is at home ...
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Linux Mint 17: Menu editors can't “move” Main Menu applications

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 64-bit MATE 1.10.2 mintmenu 5.6.4 Menu editors cannot apply "move" to Mint Menu applications. Mozo menu editor (default menu editor, version 1.10.1-1+rafaela) Displays ...
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Cause `less` to exit with a non-zero status code?

I would like to have the following command structure: command && check-status | less && followup-command This would pause the execution while the user interacted with less. How can ...
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find command, is there a way to get a progress report?

firstly please forgive my lack of knowledge of Unix - that's why I'm here after all. I've created an AppleScript which searches for files on a Mac and have greatly improved the speed by using the ...
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Why didn't GNOME 3 display desktop icons by default? [closed]

I found that in GNOME 3 the desktop icons are not displayed by default. I even cannot configure this in the ordinary settings panel; I need either to install additional configuration tool (gnome-tweak-...
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Sniffing usb serial connection

I'm trying to read the usb/serial connection under Ubuntu 15.04 without beeing a real 'member' of the connection. Since there can only be 2 instances reading/writing on the bus. I've used modprobe ...
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User input control

I am writing script, basically it's a calculator for very specific industrial procedure. I want to block alphanumeric input and allow only numerical input. How I do that???? I have used variable for ...
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Can the Bash shell “Ignore” Excess copy-paste text?

Say, I have a "Quick&Dirty" Perl script in a gui text editor, and I start the Perl interpreter in a terminal window which is running Bash. I can copy-paste the Perl script to the terminal & ...
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Windows look-alike Linux/Unix

The security/privacy focused distribution Tails features a camouflage-mode, that made it look like a Windows Desktop OS. Is there a GUI/GUI-theme/GUI-extensions that makes a Linux/Unix desktop look ...
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CTRL+C: copy or interrupt

In both Linux and Windows CTRL + C has two very different meanings, depending on what program you use. In some programs (mostly GUI programs) it means "copy" whereas in other programs (almost ...
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Colorization of BASH script output with tput - how to select good colors?

I would like to colorize output of one long complex interactive BASH script to make it easier for the user to work with it. I have learned how to use tput, but my question is more matter of design: ...
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cursor and combining diacritics in shell

I frequently deal with combining diacritics, especially the combining acute accent (U0301, or \xcc\x81). I have a keyboard set up to insert this character, and that works fine in the shell. $ echo а́ ...
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security model of Linux password entry

Whenever a Windows application wants to do something requiring administrator privileges, my screen goes black and a prompt comes up, asking if I want to grant administrator privileges. I understand ...
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Disabling text entry box autoselect?

I've got a bunch of GUI applications which try to be 'helpful' by automatically selecting text in a text box when the text box gets focus. (The main culprit being my web browser.) This is not helpful,...
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A desktop environment with mnemonics for Debian 8?

Mnemonics - the underlined letters in menus and buttons, controlled by the option gtk-enable-mnemonics - have been deprecated in GTK3, and indeed they are not available in my GNOME Shell 3.14.4. ...
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Prevent the Gtk file dialog from listing mount points

When I open the Gtk file dialog, there is a box called “Places” on the left-hand side which lists “Search”, “Recently Used”, a bunch of directories, and several things that appear to be volumes. I don'...
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what is the difference between graphical environment, user interface, graphical shell and a windowing system?

Don't know if this question is on topic; I posted it here just because I've heard about these differences only in the Unix/Linux world. So, as the title, what is the difference between graphical ...
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Change user account type from administrator to standard

In Fedora 21, I changed the user account type from standard to an administrator. Now, I want to change it back via UI but the option that I used before (Settings → Users → Account type) doesn't work ...
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Can't disable GNOME Shell hotspot / hot corner / Activities “feature”

I have a Fedora 21 box set up with the latest GNOME Desktop. I would like to completely disable the hotspot / hot corner / Activities or whatever it is called. I have read that using the ...
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Text User Interface

I have been working on a shell script, and was wondering if I can put up a text user interface for the shell script. After some searching, I see few people suggest using "ncurses/curses". However the ...
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Disable colours at runtime in xterm

I would like to disable colours in my xterm at runtime. Reason being that some programs lack the sanity to use them in proper way. For example: $ sane-program color output $ disable-color $ less-...
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XFCE: how to remove “Always on top” option

When I click the program link in the bottom panel among the other options I have "Always on top". Once I accidentally clicked it for audacios, and now it's always active by default. So, every time I ...
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Does okular/poppler support following intra-document cross-references in PDF files?

Using docbook and Apache FOP I can create PDFs that contain cross-references. For example, the Table of Contents of a book looks like this: Chapter 1 Introduction........................12 Using ...
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Dragging and dropping tabs between browsers

When dragging a tab from Firefox to Chrome/Chromium, or the other way, why is it not accepted by the other browser? One would expect the tab that was dragged over to appear together with the other ...
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How can I run ssh-add on demand? Can it act as SSH_ASKPASS?

I want to ssh from user@local to user@remote several times per day with an encrypted SSH key, a situation which ssh-agent handles with a good trade-off between security and usability. I'd also like ...
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Huge UI elements in Crunchbang

I have just installed Crunchbang on my Desktop, and windows and menus appear incredibly enlarged. When I right click the context menu fills the screen, for example. My graphics card is the Radeon HD ...
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Changing fonts for the Smuxi application

I was checking out the graphical IRC client smuxi, which I had never heard of before. This application appears to be a GNOME application. Anyway, how do I change the default font on this app? The ...
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How to create GUIs (such as menuconfig) with lxdialog

I try to generate a menuconfig by my own with the help of lxdialog (source: lxdialog). Unfortunately this is not so well documented as I wished for. Example: So what I did: I included these files (...
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Modify the right click options when clicking a desktop icon

I'm wanting to restrict a standard user from being able to right click a desktop icon in Linux (Raspberry Pi running Debian wheezy). I don't want to disable the use of the right click totally (like ...
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Why does Linux print a lot of debugging messages on boot/shutdown?

Why does Linux print a lot of debugging messages during the boot and shutdown processes? The boot/shutdown processes usually have no error. Why not hide the debugging messages, and show them only ...
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Background selection menu crashes in GNOME 3

I'm using Debian Jessie with GNOME 3. When I started using GNOME 3 I had no problem changing the background image, and I did it a few times. But one day the menu started crashing. When I open the ...
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Difference between the Unity shell interface and a desktop environment

I am writing a report and I have stumbled across a topic I am not quite sure how to to discuss. Essentially I have been doing a little research on the Unity shell system and its usage in Ubuntu ...
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Should Unix sub-command names be case sensitive?

Commands like git, hg, and apt-get all have sub-commands (is there a better name?), and they are all case-sensitive: hg log # not hg Log git status # not git Status ...
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Can Vim be made simpler? [closed]

I have a 300MB file I want to edit, search, remove duplicate lines, compare 2 files, that sort of stuff. I tried Sublime Text 3, which was slow and crashed often. I asked for recommendations and was ...
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Linux Operating System Graphical user interface [closed]

So I am currently looking into operating systems at the moment out of interest and have read quite a few articles and guides on making your own, I found Linux and how its possible to create your own ...
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Booting into shell instead of graphical interface [duplicate]

I have a laptop with lubuntu. It's great but I wish LXDE was optional instead of autostarting. So my question is, what can I do to make it boot directly into a text only mode, not loading anything ...
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Graphical Interfaces cutomization and theming

I'm currently using Linux Mint 15, Cinnamon 1.8. I really like it except for the customization and theming part. In Widows 7, themes also affect the windows of programs or you can set colors. Is ...
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Change (reduce) Gnome 3 horizontal icon padding in notification area (Debian Wheezy)

I'm using Gnome 3.4 classic mode on Debian Wheezy. In the notification area, I would like to know how to change (reduce) the horizontal spacing (or padding) of the icons. By default, the icons are ...
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Is there a text-only equivalent (no curses) of `zenity --question`?

For my mercurial commit hook, I want to run my test cases and be asked whether I really want to commit if any of the tests fail. I'm thinking something like <run-the-tests> || <ask-yes-no>...
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Install x11 on my own linux system

I have developed my own tiny linux file system using buildroot and busybox. I used linux-2.6.38.8 kernel configured and cross-compiled for target system(X86) according to needs.Now the filesystem is ...
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Are there any standards/documents which tell me how to produce such nice help messages?

This is a follow up to a previous question, where Silverrocker suggested a nice way to display a help message similar to commands like ls or du. program --help Usage: program [<options>][<...
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getopt, getopts or manual parsing - what to use when I want to support both short and long options?

Currently I'm writing a Bash script which has the following requirements: it should run on a wide variety of Unix/Linux platforms it should support both short and (GNU) long options I know that ...
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In the usage string of my custom shell script, shall I also display --help and --version?

I'm currently developing a shell script, called up, which shows a usage string on the commandline when called with --help. The output looks like this: $ up --help usage: up [-n levels][--help][--...
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Why is the terminal case-sensitive?

When I do - CD .. instead of cd .. it gives me error saying - CD: command not found Why is the terminal case sensitive when it comes to linux commands? I mean you should be able to execute the ...
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Modeless vs modal editors

I just started learning Linux and all my previous experience of programming has been using the Windows platform. I came across Vim editor and read that it is modal editor unlike notepad which is ...
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How to switch to the directory listing from file view in vim?

I have opened a dir vim some/dir. I can navigate within the tree, yet once I opened a file I wonder, how do I close the file view in order to go back to the directory listing to navigate to another ...
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'OS X-like' momentum scrolling in linux?

Is there a way to make the scrolling on a linux machine (running X11) more like OS X's natural scrolling? With 'natural scrolling' I mean the fact that you can flick trough the pages, there is ...
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Light GUI user interfaces

I have some older machines that cannot run new versions of Debian/Ubuntu/SUSE/etc on KDE and GNOME GUI, they just crash. It's probably because of the graphics card driver or unsupported graphic cards ...
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how to forbid a command without a permission

I intended to delete all the backup files in a directory, so I was going to type rm *~ in the terminal. Unfortunately, I hit the Enter before hitting the tilde and unhappy things happened. Although, I'...
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Which Linux distro supports GNOME 3 by default?

I was planning on installing a new Linux distribution and I am thinking of trying GNOME 3 interface. Other than Fedora 16 (which has GNOME 3 as default) which other distro supports it? I know it can ...