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I love UNIX/Linux and Systems Administration.


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comment When was my machine last touched?
Do an ls -l on the device files? Like /dev/tty (or the specific tty maybe /dev/console) and /dev/mouse? Of course once you issue the command from your terminal the dates on both would probably change. So it would have to be something running in the background and not connected to your terminal.
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answered How can I check if a certain patch is already installed in my system?
Oct
15
answered badblocks utility keeps reporting “invalid last block”
Oct
15
comment How do I use vim on the command line to add text to the middle of a file?
I think you are selecting the wrong tool to use here. Yes, you might be able to do this somehow. But, I might suggest that you look at using any of 'ed', 'sed' or even 'awk' maybe in a small script so you can save the before and after versions.
Oct
15
comment bash's builtin time accepts %E - what's going on?
BTW, man pages are generally describe the implementation fairly well but only the actual code if the final authority as to options and how something operates.
Oct
15
comment How to change disk layout on a running server?
Question, just how big a system are we talking about (disks, and their sizes)? What is the LVM partitioning now? How many physical volumes and how many volume groups?
Oct
15
revised How to change disk layout on a running server?
make this a little more readable
Oct
15
comment Can a .deb package remove other packages?
Why not make a master and then template it for your use?
Oct
15
comment Why configure doesn't search for mysql socket with --with-mysql=mysqlnd option?
Is this a complaint about the language or is there a specific problem here?
Oct
15
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Oct
14
answered how to execute a bash script without typing ./
Oct
14
comment mkfs.ext4: Discarding device blocks: failed - Input/output error
No it just makes it easier for people to answer AND for people long after the question has been answer to properly search and find this information.
Oct
14
comment mkfs.ext4: Discarding device blocks: failed - Input/output error
Please ask only one question per post. Maybe your post should be changed to ask what the best way to format a SD card using Linux (version, distribution) is.
Oct
14
answered mount command over existing drive, then deleted
Oct
14
comment When is a symlink treated as the thing it links to, and as a symlink?
I thought technically from an internal standpoint, a symlink is a file but with special type of file where the contents is only a directory/filename.
Oct
14
comment Arrange for files created in a directory to belong to the directory's group
Homework question?
Oct
13
comment Change password on a LUKS filesystem without knowing the password
Just because you HAD the password (and it got corrupted) does not invalidate my comment. In general if you forget the password for any type of encrypted material, it should be lost forever otherwise what was the point of encrypting it in the first place?
Oct
13
comment adding unzipped files to a zipped folder
For safety reasons, are you SURE you want to modify an existing archive? Instead I'd at least make a safety copy, do the add, and then recheck the integrity of the archive before committing to the new one.
Oct
13
answered Find out who is using a shared mount?
Oct
13
comment Change password on a LUKS filesystem without knowing the password
Hmmmm....What would be the point of having an encrypted filesystem if it was so easy to get access to it without the password.