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How do I hide packages from appearing in apt system?

The list of uninstalled packages appearing in my aptitude is massive, but is full of packages that I'm very sure I will never ever install. E.g. my laptop is using intel graphics, so it doesn't make ...
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Is route add … the best way of directing traffic through a vpn

I have set up a VPN on a remote ubuntu machine using pptp-linux and the instructions found here. After set up no traffic seemed to be going through the VPN and the VPN network devices were not ...
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keepalive script for application daemons? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux: Writing a watchdog to monitor multiple processes I'm looking for a program to keep a set of daemon processes alive. The daemon processes will be for a user ...
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Git - remove deleted files

I'm using this simple git alias rmdel = "!git rm $(git ls-files -d)" meant "remove deleted", i.e. to remove from the staging area all files deleted from the file system. It works fine except ...
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Network fail on FreeBSD: Ping to router fails, but router believes computer is connected

I have a TP-Link TL-WN851N wireless adapter, which is based on an Atheros device. When I attempt to connect to my WPA2 wireless network, ifconfig wlan0 tells me that the connection is 'associated'. My ...
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Find a string only in a specific file inside subdirectories

Let's say I need to find the function GetTypes() in all C# source file (.cs) the directories/subdirectories. I used grep -rn GetTypes *.cs, but I got an error with grep: *.cs: No such file or ...
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Why would vim return non-zero exit code if I exit immediately after opening?

I'm running into a bit of a strange problem w/ vim on Snow Leopard: I get a non-zero exit code from simply running vim and then quitting. $ vim # exit immediately using :q $ echo $? 1 However, if I ...
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Screen corruption after hibernate — Is there another way to refresh the X11 display?

When I restore from hibernate the screen is often corrupted. I suspect the graphics memory is not being saved. Suspend-to-ram works fine otherwise. It also looks like the font-cache is corrupted, as ...
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Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? [closed]

Why would someone choose FreeBSD over Linux? What are the advantages of FreeBSD compared to Linux? (My shared hosting provider uses FreeBSD.)
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Detect if an ELF binary was built with gprof instrumentation?

Is it possible to check if given program was compiled with GNU gprof instrumentation, i.e. with '-pg' flag passed to both compiler and linker, without running it to check if it would generate a ...
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Does mc (Midnight Commander) have favourites for directories?

If I am in remote directory on different server via ssh I want to do to directory like /var/lib/edumate/backup without typing the whole path. Is there any way to do that in mc?
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Gentoo versus Funtoo [closed]

I've heard that Funtoo is a somewhat improved version of Gentoo, but I haven't been able to find any concrete sources for this. Funtoo's website says this: Funtoo Linux features native UTF-8 ...
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killall gives me `no process found ` but ps

Could somebody explain to me the difference between kill and killall? Why doesn't killall see what ps shows? # ps aux |grep db2 root 1123 0.0 0.8 841300 33956 pts/1 Sl 11:48 0:00 ...
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Documentation of kernel parameters

Where can I find a technical description of the kernel parameters listed in /proc/sys (ob Linux)?
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finding the absolute directory

Here is the scenario: foo/ > data/ > stuff/ > scripts/ -> /.../generic/scripts When calling foo/scripts/bar.sh from any location (other folder or inside the folder), I would like to be ...
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rxvt-unicode + mc - strange characters in root shell only

Using rxvt-unicode-9.11 and mc-4.7.5.2, and using zsh-4.3.11 as my login shell, I find that I get strange characters, eg â instead of lines being drawn. Interestingly however, launching urxvt from ...
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Fetching email automatically then reading it locally

My email is kept on a remote server and accessible from anywhere by IMAP. What I'd like is a mail client that will periodically sync that remote mail to my laptop in the backgroun, so that when I ...
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W2K3 DC: Samba file sharing access permission problem

I want to access SAMBA shares from a Windows Server 2003 domain controller without a password. But, I am receiving a permission error each time. I'm using RedHat 5.5. # ls -l total 96 -rw------- 1 ...
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Vim keybinding to delete up to (but not including) the next period

I've noticed a common idiom in my editing is a desire to delete everything up to, but not including, the next period. After a bit of researching online, I found the following command will work (I ...
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Red Hat and Windows 7 dual boot system

I am looking for the best way to create a dual boot on my Red Hat system. This is a Red Hat 5.3 System for scientific use, and we need to run some Windows software on it for visualization purposes. ...
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Changing default audio device in Pulseaudio

I would like to use HDMI on my graphic card for audio output. ALSA shows it as a card with 4 devices and I can get sound through one of them (the other three are different channels, perhaps? I have ...
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Wayland and full-screen apps

Will Wayland, unlike X, be able to "know" about a full screen app, and not fire up the screensaver? I remember reading up on this, and X (or present KWin/Compiz) cannot know or be told when to hold ...
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How to resize an IMG file's partition info?

I made an ISO this way: sudo partimage save /dev/sdc1 /media/56AE8240AE82191F/Backup/xfcefat.iso The resulting iso file is very small but when mounted I see that it has correctly preserved the ...
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Does truecrypt leave behind temporary files

I've I have some scans of sensitive documents in image format such as jpg png etc. When I open up the folder containing them which is in a truecrypt file, will nautilus create a temporary version of ...
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Live Linux CD/DVD with Bittorrent client, Java, Flash, VLC?

I'm looking for a live CD distribution that offers me fully featured environment for using Internet and OpenOffice (or some other office app compatible with M$ Word). I thought about installing a ...
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Quit VIM is slow, usually 2 seconds, it shows

On quit, vim shows that: ".netrwhist" [Not edited] --No lines in buffer-- This process usually takes 2s. How to turn this thing off? --- Update --- I noticed that netrw is installed as ...
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Cloning a bootable USB stick to a different-sized stick

HARDWARE: 2 8GB USB flash drives DISTRO: Mint 9 Xfce persistent Live Cd One USB flash drive has two partitions: 1) FAT32 700MB Mint 9 partition 2) ext3 7.3GB casper-rw partition GOAL: I want to make ...
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_path_files and compadd ignore-files parameter

What is the format for the -F option of _path_files and compadd? I'm passing several directories to _path_files: _path_files -W "($base_directories)" -/ But some of those directory trees I don't ...
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Increase font size in rxvt-unicode without editing ~/.Xdefaults

I am a loyal Linux fan who has been spending a lot of time using iTerm on a mac lately. One thing I really like about the mac, and iTerm in particular, is the ability to use a keyboard shortcut to ...
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GRUB File Not Read Correctly

I was installing Gentoo when I ran into problems with the bootloader. Whether I used the automatic or manual installation method, GRUB always threw the following error: The file /boot/grub/stage1 ...
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Why is Linux commonly used as operating system for supercomputers?

As of november 2010, Linux is used on 459 out of the 500 supercomputers of the TOP500. What are the reasons behind this massive use of Linux in the supercomputer space?
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Choosing virtual machine software on Linux

There are many virtual machine software out there. Even some are included into mainline Linux. What differentiates them, and what criteria should one ponder while choosing one?
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What is Dom0 and how can one use it?

I have heard that Xen is now fully included into mainline Linux, and is usable via Dom0. Bare with me: I'm no expert on virtualization, let alone virtualization on Linux. What is Dom0, what is its ...
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With full data journaling, why does data appear in the directory immediately?

I've got a question regarding full data journaling on ext3 filesystems. The man page states the following: data=journal All data is committed into the journal prior to being written into the main ...
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How can I install VLC 1.1.10 or 1.1.9 in CentOS 5.6 or CentOS 6.0?

On the VLC download site there is no CentOS 5.6 or 6.0 downloads rpm's. Which RPM can I use to have VLC 1.1.10? In case it's not available, can I simply use the same Fedora downloads? [root@www ~]# ...
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Fail to install perf on slackware 13.1

I was trying to install perf on slackware 13.1 When I first ran make at /usr/src/linux/tools/perf I got some errors. And I found this patch http://www.valimar.it/repo/linux/perf_fix-2.6.33.patch And ...
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How to set up tea-time in emacs to use native notification system in gnome

Is there an easy way of having tea-time display messages via gnome's native notification system? The current "notification function" in tea-time.el is: (defun show-notification (notification) ...
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Difference between block size and cluster size

I've got a question concerning the block size and cluster size. Regarding to what I have read about that I assume the following: The block size is the physical size of a block, mostly 512 bytes. ...
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Running MPlayer through a PHP script

I'm trying to open an MPlayer instance on my server from a PHP script (using PHP's system() function). I've looked into making mplayer a slave ( http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/tech/slave.txt ) but when ...
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Sharing window between workspaces in Xmonad

I sometimes need to share the same terminal window between two workspaces. Is it possible to set this in xmonad configuration? Currently I'm solving this with "move to workspace 2" and "move to ...
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1answer
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How to migrate between two keyrings in gnome-keyring

Due to some historic reasons I have 2 keyrings. I want to merge them - what is the easiest way?
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Chrooted SFTP with full access to SSH stopped working (Debian)

I've got a home server on Debian 6 for backups. I'd like to setup chrooted SFTP environment with SSH access for some users (only for my knowledge, there are two users now). It almost works or rather ...
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Documentation for vifm?

vifm looks like a good file manager, but it lacks documentation. Is there a manual or tips on how to use it? I'm looking for information on copying/moving a dir, creating a new empty file, editing a ...
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1answer
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How to move the existing mount point from /usr/local to /usr in Ubuntu 11.04?

I am running Ubuntu 11.04. During installation, instead of /usr, I mistakenly assigned /usr/local to a separate partition. Now I want to change the mount point to default to /usr on boot but I don't ...
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Are there any GUI's for Linux that doesn't use X11?

Are there any GUI's for Linux that doesn't use X11? Since X has very poor security :O e.g.: Ubuntu, Fedora - what else are there? Goal: having a Desktop Environment without X. - what are the ...
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Telnet over Ethernet for Linux?

I have used MikroTik RouterOS and I found a telnet-over-Ethernet (a layer 2 telnet), MAC telnet on it. I think it's a great tool, when SSH dies, or someone misconfigures IP Addresses. So the thing ...
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How do I know that my CPU supports 64bit operating systems under Linux?

How can I find out that my CPU supports 64bit operating systems under Linux, e.g.: Ubuntu, Fedora?
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fedora on the asus transformer?

Can you run fedora on the Asus Transformer? The form factor looks great, battery, having a tablet, etc; also, if/when gnome3 gets all touchy (sorry for the pun there), it'll be perfect for the ...
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Classification of Linux distributions

What criteria distinguishes various distributions of Linux, such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE? In other words, given a release of a Linux OS, what features mean it is classified into one ...
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List USB ports in linux

I want to list usb ports in linux and then send a message to the printer connected to it. That message is sensed by the printer to open the cash drawer. I know I can use echo - e and a port name, but ...

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