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How do I add MP3/etc support to my *nix desktop?

Almost every desktop *nix seems to ship without support for MP3 or other popular codecs that you really need. What is the easiest way to add support for these codecs?
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6answers
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Keep SSH Sessions running after disconnection

I sometimes have long running processes that I want to kick off before going home, so I create a SSH session to the server to start the process, but then I want to close my laptop and go home and ...
5
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3answers
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How can I tweak the kernel for total swap out?

I would like to deploy the following swapping policy: By default all pages in memory should also be in swap space. When a page in memory is changed (i.e. dirty), the page should be written out as ...
34
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3answers
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How do SO (shared object) numbers work?

I'm aware that shared objects under Linux use "so numbers", namely that different versions of a shared object are given different extensions, for example: example.so.1 example.so.2 I understand ...
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1answer
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rsync time comparison - what's the precision of the Modified times comparison

I'm doing some synching with rsync using: rsync --rLvv --times --size-only For my initial sync. My idea, now is to use: rsync --rLvv --times To synch files that have a new modified time. ...
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1answer
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The 'less' command-line equivalent of 'tail -f'

I would like to open up a file using less, and have it automatically scroll the file similar to tail -f. I know that I can do less file, and then hit Shift-F to forward forever; like tail -f. I need ...
5
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3answers
534 views

Any tips for surviving Terminal.app?

I've recently switched to using a Mac full-time, and am having trouble getting used to Terminal.app after years of loving gnome-terminal. I miss having URLs show up underlined, using alt+arrow to ...
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11answers
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How to create strong passwords in Linux?

I wonder how I can create strong passwords on Linux (for both normal and admin users) and if there are specific programs to do that.
2
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2answers
265 views

How to easily install and uninstall unix packages

Hey everyone. I'm using the Ubuntu server for some time now. Everything is working fine, installing packages is a piece of cake. Usually I use aptitude or apt-get for package management. But...! There ...
2
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2answers
907 views

Nano syntax highlighting for C# and/or ASP. Net

Has anyone got (or can point in the direction of) a nanorc file that contains syntax highlighting for C# and/or ASP.Net?
5
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5answers
761 views

Download Manager for Linux

I need some good download manager for Linux (like IDM on windows). I want it to be able to install a browser plugin too, which allows you to download movies from youtube or other sites easily. It ...
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1answer
2k views

Configuring the display properties on openSuse (Gnome) running as VirtualBox VM

I just created a VM using Suse Studio and I built just a simple openSUSE 11.3 VM based on the gnome template. I have not added any other software (except for Firefox and the Kernel modules, to be able ...
2
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1answer
866 views

Keyboard shortcuts not working in KDE 4.5.0

My printscreen button doesn't work (it doesn't launch ksnapshot, but xev registers it's events just fine). Does anyone have any idea how to fix it? Old workarounds don't seem to be working. update ...
9
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5answers
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Keep log file size fixed without logrotate

Is there any way to keep file size of log file fixed without rotating it by a new empty file and deleting (or archiving) the old file. For example, if I set log file maximum size to 1MB, after the ...
10
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3answers
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Parsing log files for frequent IP's

So, I hacked this together while undergoing a DDOS attack to pull naughty ips out of my logs. Anyone have any improvements or other suggestions to make it better? Here's the general idea: pull ...
2
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1answer
2k views

autologin console as root on fedora

Can someone help to autologin in console text mode as root in fedora, usually I can do using script like this : /sbin/autologin.sh: #!/bin/bash 0</dev/$1 1>/dev/$1 2>&1 cat /etc/issue ...
11
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1answer
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How do I go about tracking down IO usage in Linux and other *nix OS'?

Occasionally, something on my system starts hammering the disk. I would like to log data that would let me know about I/O usage per process, then I could go back to it later and see what keeps doing ...
8
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3answers
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Good introduction to Subversion for inexperienced users? [closed]

Can you suggest a good introduction to Subversion for UNIX (or Mac OS X) users? It can assume familiarity with basic command-line usage, but not any advanced topics (with bash scripting counting as ...
9
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6answers
267 views

What's a good app for blogging?

A friend of mine recently converted from Windows to Linux and has been looking for a good app to replace Windows Livewriter. From talking to him it sounds like handling images is the main feature he ...
3
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2answers
208 views

What is the best way to do GUI development on a server machine?

This is a server at home. I have 3 computers running Linux and they are all servers running dedicated tasks like MySQL/Samba, Web Server and DNS/DHCP. Is it be a good idea to host a virtual machine ...
7
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3answers
527 views

How to track down memory spikes?

I have an app running on rackspace cloud (ubuntu 10.04). For some reason, over the last 3 nights, the memory has been spiking and then leveling off for about 7 hours before eventually falling off. ...
7
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2answers
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How to remove Ctrl-M from files where dos2unix, perl, tr, and sed are not present?

Suppose you are working on a very old unix server where dos2unix, perl, tr, and sed are not present. How can you convert files from dos to unix format?
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7answers
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Useful Linux Podcasts

I'm always looking for podcasts that can help me keep up with operating systems and development. That said, I typically listen to the Linux Outlaws podcast, but was wondering if there are other ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Minimalist window decorations etc in OpenBox or similar

I am currently customising my netbook's ArchLinux install. I really like the minimalist basic style of things like the ThinMC window borders in Gnome, and the FullFlat Firefox theme. What options are ...
14
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5answers
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Unix equivalent of PowerShell?

I've always found it awkward when complex shell commands involve parsing text output with AWK. Basically we're converting structured data into text, then parsing the text again to get back at the ...
6
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1answer
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How to check how many lanes are used by the PCIe card?

PCI Express slots on the motherboard can be wider then the number of lanes connected. For example a motherboard can have x8 slot with only x1 lane connected. On the other hand, you can insert a card ...
13
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7answers
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What to use to backup files, preserving ACLs?

When using the tar utility to store files in backups one loses the extended ACLs. Is there some commonly used and not hackish solution (like: create a script that will recrate the ACLs from scratch) ...
11
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5answers
2k views

Using text from previous commands' output

I know this is not how terminals work, but I find myself often wishing there was an easy way of using text (copying it, modifying it, etc) that is already on my terminal window history from some ...
6
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2answers
3k views

How would you migrate from a Windows AD to a Linux LDAP server?

I currently run a Windows server with Active Directory. But since we're no longer using Exchange 2007, it became a fancy file server with authentication. I would like to move the AD to a Linux ...
3
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5answers
210 views

Where are some good guides for making packages (deb, rpm, etc)?

I am looking for a succinct howto on the basics.
21
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5answers
6k views

How to enable killing Xorg with Ctrl+Alt+Backspace

I don't remember why they did this, but at one point X.org decided that disabling CtrlAltBackspace to kill it was a good idea. I know there's a way to re-enable it but I don't remember how. Can ...
2
votes
1answer
461 views

Enable kwebkitpart in Konqueror

In KDE SC 4.5.0 it's possible to use a WebKit part for rendering in Konqueror. I don't think it's on by default (I could be wrong) and I believe I've installed all the requirements for it... How do I ...
43
votes
4answers
8k views

Convince grep to output all lines, not just those with matches

Say I have the following file: $ cat test test line 1 test line 2 line without the search word another line without it test line 3 with two test words test line 4 By default, grep returns each ...
62
votes
5answers
37k views

Allow setuid on shell scripts

The setuid permission bit tells Linux to run a program with the effective user id of the owner instead of the executor: > cat setuid-test.c #include <stdio.h> #include <unistd.h> int ...
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vote
3answers
1k views

How to integrate sound with desktop events?

On Windows, the Sounds & Multimedia control panel allows the connection of sound snippets to various operating system events, like window movements, process start/stop, and start-up/shutdown. I ...
3
votes
1answer
512 views

What does 'mergemaster' do that 'make distribution' doesn't?

After calling make installworld (or make world), there are two ways of updating source files in the new world: calling mergemaster -p or make distribution. I know that mergemaster calls make ...
5
votes
1answer
784 views

Is it safe to disable OOM killer in a web server/reverse proxy?

I have Linux machine dedicated to serving static contents and PHP pages with Apache. Apache also work as a reverse proxy in a subdomain. I moved the PostgreSQL database to another Linux machine. Is ...
5
votes
5answers
11k views

How to route specific adresses through a tunnel?

There are certain websites/services which I can only access from the subnet on which my server is located (think of the typical intranet scenario). Is there a way to transparently route traffic that ...
7
votes
4answers
5k views

How can I set up smart card SSH authentication?

I would like to be able to SSH to my machine using a Gemalto .NET Smart Card as the authentication method. How could this be done on a Fedora 13 (or generic Red Hat style) machine? These are the ...
14
votes
4answers
11k views

What is the equivalent of Active Directory on Linux

I have a couple of machines at home (plus a number of Linux boxes running in VMs) and I am planning to use one of them as a centralized file server. Since I am more a Linux user rather than a ...
10
votes
4answers
4k views

What IDE do you use for Mono development on KDE?

Currently I don't have a Linux installation with a GUI. All are running text mode. When I do, I usually use KDE. On Windows I am a .NET developer and I haven't done any Mono development, yet. I heard ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

How do I route web requests into my private network depending on the domain in the url?

Scenario: Due to limited number of IPs, several domains are resolved into the same IP address. However, these domains may not all run on the same webserver, VM, or even dedicated machine. Therefore, ...
6
votes
5answers
339 views

Linux as a complete development platform?

I want to make my Fedora Linux capable of following : Use Linux for complete development platform without requiring any other OS installation but still able to build and test programs under ...
8
votes
4answers
7k views

How to get file to a host when all you have is a serial console?

When all you have is a serial console (say via telnet through a terminal server), what methods can be used to transfer files in/out of a host? Cut/paste works for the small/printable stuff and I've ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

FastCGI library for C#/Mono

I'd like to write a couple of fastcgi applications in c#. I know that Mono can run ASP.NET on fastcgi enabled web servers, but that is not what I need. Is there any FastCGI library working for ...
22
votes
6answers
16k views

Tiling windows in GNOME

How can I get tiling windows in GNOME?
-1
votes
2answers
276 views

What should every expert know? [closed]

What things should any self-professed UNIX expert have under their belt? I'm looking to fill any gaps in my knowledge. Some things I can think of off the bat: Shell (interactive and scripting) ...
6
votes
4answers
886 views

Is there a pbuilder-like environment for RedHat?

I would like to know if is there any utility like Debian's pbuilder, to build RPM packages on RedHat using a clean environment (chroot). I've found mach which has support for something like this but ...
14
votes
9answers
866 views

Simple file transfer

Given two Linux boxes on a LAN, what's the simplest way to transfer files between them?
39
votes
11answers
10k views

Is it good to make a separate partition for /boot?

I've seen some people make a separate partition for /boot. What is the benefit of doing this? What problems might I encounter in the future by doing this? Also, except for /home and /boot, which ...

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