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Is there an operator like && that ignores return status?

I've discovered the following useful trick for long-running tasks on the command line: do_some_task && make_a_noise For instance, on OSX: do_some_task && say 'done' However, ...
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Does inotify fire a notification when a write is started or when it is completed?

Imagine two processes, a reader and a writer, communicating via a regular file on an ext3 fs. Reader has an inotify IN_MODIFY watch on the file. Writer writes 1000 bytes to the file, in a single ...
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How to configure ADSL connection using bash?

I know it's possible to configure the modem to automatically connect the internet using a browser, but I want to do it using bash. I would like the network to automatically connect when the system ...
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Why does my desktop lock up when I copy lots of files to a USB drive?

My desktop is usually very responsive, even under heavy load. But when I copy files to a USB drive, it always locks up after some time. By "lock up", I mean: Moving focus from one window to another ...
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Remove Linux Mint and restore windows's bootloader

I have an old laptop that is setup with dual boot, running Windows Vista and Linux Mint 12. I want to remove the Mint and reclaim the space to Windows. This is a simple task but I've been on it for ...
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How to disable timeout of password prompt for partition decryption during boot?

I have a computer running OpenSUSE 12.1, 64-bit, default install. How it works currently: I turn on the computer It goes through the boot process At some point during boot, I am asked for password ...
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Does Linux kernel 3.x use the CFS process scheduler?

Does the latest version of the Linux kernel (3.x) still use the Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS) for process scheduling which was introduced in 2.6.x ? If it doesn't, which one does it use, and how ...
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How do I append text to a write protected file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Redirecting stdout to a file you don't have write permission on I am trying to append a line of text to a write protected file. I tried to accomplish this with sudo ...
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Which tasks to learn and which books to read to become more skilled at Unix/Linux internals? [closed]

I recently interviewed at a major company and did well on programming questions such as: "What is the time complexity of quicksort? What is the opposite in C of malloc? What is the opposite in ...
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need explainations on this network route

I'd like to get some insight as to how I can possibly access network devices that are on a different IP range (obviously not mine) compared to what is configured on my wifi router? setup home wifi ...
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Can git configuration be set across multiple repositories?

Git seems to support configuration values at three levels: Per-system global settings (stored in /etc/git-core) Per-user global settings (stored in ~/.gitconfig) Per-repository local settings ...
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ed: set first line as the default current line

I am trying to use ed to edit the first line of a large file, but I have to wait for ed to read all lines. Is there any way I could stop ed from reading the whole file and start editing immediately, ...
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Safely uninstall a package in Gentoo

I wanted to uninstall a specific package in Gentoo and browsed through the emerge man page. I found the --unmerge option: WARNING: This action can remove important packages! Removes all ...
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How to install/upgrade svn on SLE?

My SUSE (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86_64)) got installed old svn. I want to upgrade it but if I download package for Packages for SLE 11 and try to install it via zypper install ...
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Change font color and shadow from titlebar in window manager

I'm trying Linux Mint Debian Edition XFCE, and want to use a specific theme; only drawback - the font color and font shadow are unreadable, how can I change them? Also the active/inactive color window ...
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How to run this in sudo?

I have this line that I execute from php sudo -u db2inst1 -s -- "/opt/ibm/db2/current/bin/db2 connect to PLC; /opt/ibm/db2/current/bin/db2 \"update EDU.contact set MOBILE_PHONE = '123'\"" it works ...
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Can't add swap file on solaris

I'm trying to add a swap file on Solaris 10. I have already created a 2GB file swap.file. Then, I add a swap file with the command: swap -a /swap.file which shows an error: /swap.file: size is ...
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Makefile compiles unchanged files

Made an effort to get the object files in another directory, but that directory would otherwise reflect the source directory tree. Got that to work, but there is a missing piece at the $(OBJ): line ...
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Which partitions should I encrypt?

My laptop is currently running Windows and Fedora, but I'm planning to install Arch Linux as my sole OS soon. This current setup is using whole disk encryption through TrueCrypt, but I'm unsure if it ...
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Make `rm` move to trash

Is there a Linux script / application which, instead of deleting files, moves them to a special “trash” location? I’d like this as a replacement for rm (maybe even aliasing the latter; there are pros ...
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Korn Shell: End, pgup, pgdown, and delete key not working

So basically my End, Pageup/Pagedown, and Delete key are not working in ksh93. I'm running FreeBSD by the way. My arrow keys are working, and so is my home key. Those keys work when I put this in my ...
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luakit + awesome wm: make youtube fullscreen work

I'm running Arch Linux on my box. I use the awesome window manager, which is a tiling WM, but allows floating windows too. The ArchWiki's Awesome entry tells me to put the following in my awesome ...
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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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Why Xnest server has different glxinfo than normal Xorg server?

I've run Xnest server. It appears Xnest doesn't use my graphic card or at least it doesn't use direct rendering. Normal Xorg glxinfo OpenGL vendor string: Tungsten Graphics, Inc OpenGL renderer ...
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“openssl dgst -sha1” producing an extraneous “(stdin)= ” prefix and trailing newline

If you run this command on your Unix echo -n "foo" | openssl dgst -sha1 You will get this output: (stdin)= 0beec7b5ea3f0fdbc95d0dd47f3c5bc275da8a33 (followed by a newline). How can I force ...
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Emacs: Different users, different themes, same init file

I use emacs at work, where I usually connect to the system with two different users: myuser commonuser The former is my own personal user, whereas the latter is shared by the whole team to manage ...
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Wireless mouse freezes frequently for a second on laptop, when on battery

I have Samsung NP360E5A-A07PL laptop with ELAN Smart-Pad (ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad, according to gpointing-device-settings), and a Logitech M195 wireless mouse (with an USB receiver). On Linux ...
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Run a script automatically as I switch to a directory [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Execute bash scripts on entering a directory I am running an environment which requires some very specific tool versions. The commands to set up the environment are in a ...
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1answer
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Networking is not starting up?

I have a Raspberry Pi and while its plugged into the network via ethernet, my setup works and I can connect to the static IP. Today I bought a wlan adapter and after install it works great too... but ...
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How do I run my native `pacman` against a mounted image?

I have read and followed Is it possible to update, upgrade and install software before flashing an image?. I managed to mount the official Arch image, synchronise the database and update the ...
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Is it safe to just copy shared libraries onto embedded Linux device?

The following is contained in the vendor user manual for its embedded Linux distro on the hardward board they supply Developers can put their program onto X-Linux device via FTP or NFS. Before ...
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SFTP and sudo using Windows client?

I want to download files from a linux system using a windows client. While there are many SFTP clients I am having the problem, that I need to access files where I need to be root. On the linux system ...
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What does “3>&1 1>&2 2>&3” do in a script?

I saw this line in a script: DEVICE=`dialog --inputbox "Festplatten-Laufzeit auslesen. Gebe Sie das gewünschte Device an: " 0 70 "" 3>&1 1>&2 2>&3` What is 3>&1 ...
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X11 session environment

I want to run specific command in X11 session automatically, as soon as I take the session. e.g. If I do Xephyr :2 -once -query <ip_address> then post successful authentication, a command ...
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linum auto-activation in .emacs fails

I added the following lines to my .emacs.d/init.el to auto-activate linum at startup: (require 'linum) (global-linum-mode 1) (setq linum-format “%d “) But no way, i still have to manually M-x ...
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How can I install my webcam on Debian?

I'm trying to install the webcam driver for my Logitech C210. After some googling Linux UVC driver seems to be what I need. I followed their typical use in hope to get it installed: git clone ...
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lsmod returns nothing on my embedded device

I have put a vendor supplied embedded Linux installation (called X-Linux) onto a hardware device. I ran lsmod to see what modules are loaded and nothing at all is shown. Also there is no /proc/modules ...
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how can I make cron run a job right now, for testing/debugging? without changing the schedule!

I have a cron job that is scheduled to run everyday, other than changing the schedule, is there any other way to do a test run of the command right now to see if it works as intended?
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Open html attachments externally in mutt

I recently managed to set up the my mailcap so that mutt can show html e-mails in the message window: # ~/.mailcap text/html; lynx -dump '%s' | more; nametemplate=%s.html; copiousoutput; which is ...
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Change Folder Permissions

I started off with changing to the folder I want to change permissions for, and that is the opt folder. $ cd /opt/ test@testVM:/opt$ So I tried changing the permissions for this folder now using: ...
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GIMP 2.8: how to save file using detected image format

I found GIMP 2.8 has changed quite a lot, you can't just open the file, modify and save it with CTRL + s anymore, instead, you must use export function, which is CTRL + Shift + e, and select a image ...
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How do I change the default text editor in the Debian (squeeze) distro

"Joe's own editor" does not come naturally to me. How do I change to using nano or vim? I've tried export EDITOR=nano but it doesn't seem to be respected. I'd like visudo to respect this as well.
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Mystery of binary files

This is about files straight from the compiler, say g++, and the -o (outfile) flag. If they are binary, shouldn't they just be a bunch of 0's and 1's? When you cat them, you get unintelligible ...
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How to map a console keyboard layout to a X keyboard layout in Linux

In my distribution (Slackware 13.37), the console keyboard layout is chosen among some of those available in /usr/share/kbd/keymaps ' sub directories, coming from the kbd package. Under X instead ...
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Gnome: how to close all applications?

I've configured the Debian system on my netbook to shut down whenever the battery runs too low. Problem is, shutting down kills all running applications without giving them any chance to save any ...
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rsync: how to exclude the topmost directory

So, I have a seemingly simple issue, but so far I haven't found a solution: I want to exclude the topmost directory from an rsync, while still syncing all its children. The particular issue is that I ...
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Check if the command exists in bash

I want to check if a given command exists in bash and I care only about the native commands of the bash and not the scripts written by the user. When I refer to native commands I mean all those ...
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Download and Install 32-bit Haskell GHC on CentOS

I need to install Haskell GHC 32 bit from the command line and I can't find this anywhere. I need to install it because I need libgmp.so.3 for the 32-bit and i have read somewhere that I can find it ...
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Where should I mount my external harddrive?

I've got an external harddrive that I'd like to auto-mount. It will be present most times when my laptop boots. Where is the "correct" place to mount it? /media/my-hd: Will litter /media with an ...
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Add item to inittab on OpenSuse 12.1

I am currently working on a project which needs to be added to inittab so that the program loads during startup. The program that I am trying to start is a c# mono application. I have created a ...

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