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Aug
20
comment Removed apt-get from Ubuntu
@ObsessiveFOSS If you can get apt-get working, it has --reinstall - that would handle the rest, right?
Aug
10
comment Which extension to use for text files? (Unix/Linux)
@bahamat Your original comment implied scanning/analyzing the structure of the entire file, hence my comment. Otherwise, yes, it seems we agree. =P
Aug
9
comment Which extension to use for text files? (Unix/Linux)
@bahamat It's not a byte, but there is a part of the file traditionally called the "magic number" that's supposed to define what the file contains. It's what the file command is looking at. (#! is the magic number for sh scripts, for example)
Aug
3
comment Text editor with split screen option
And like <C-w>h/j/k/l will move between windows in specific directions, <C-w>H/J/K/L (capitalized) will move the window in that direction.
Jul
31
comment cp or rsync, is cp really worth it?
@TechZilla I think you mean, when there's nothing in common. If there is no diff, rsync will just end early 'cause there's nothing to copy, making it far more preferred.
Jul
24
comment How can I stop ls from descending into directories, similar to prune for find?
If you have an absurd number of files, though, the globbing in manatwork's answer may reach the limit of the command line length. This won't.
Jul
20
comment How do I copy a folder keeping owners and permissions intact? (Beginner Question)
+1, cp -p is nice, but I like rsync's output so much more in general that I've aliased pcp to time rsync --progress -ah. Stands for "progress copy" in my mind. And both accept -r, so it works well for general terminal usage - but unfortunately, not in combination with sudo as shown in this question/answer.
Jul
17
comment Run unix command precisely at very short intervals WITHOUT accumulating time lag over time
Plus stopping it is easy. No need to risk killing it in the middle of a cycle - remove the entry from the crontab and it finishes on its own at the end of the minute.
Jul
17
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Jul
17
revised Run unix command precisely at very short intervals WITHOUT accumulating time lag over time
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Jul
17
comment Run unix command precisely at very short intervals WITHOUT accumulating time lag over time
May I ask why this was downvoted?
Jul
16
answered Run unix command precisely at very short intervals WITHOUT accumulating time lag over time
Jul
13
comment How to delete in vim everything in between the cursor and the end of the line while on insert mode?
@LucHermitte That last one doesn't work in vim or in gvim. It works in notepad.
Jun
15
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Jun
15
comment What is the space overhead of different filesystems?
Torrent programs have an option that I think will do the same thing, for incomplete downloads. (At least, the description in Azureus sounds like what you're describing)
May
25
comment Run a command that is shadowed by an alias
@Mikel There is a package "sl" that provides "sl" as "ls". The tips bash gives in Ubuntu also say that "LS" is provided by "sl".
Apr
28
comment Suggest me a distro “beetwen debian and ubuntu”?
This has an actual answer: Try out an alternative desktop environment. KDE (which is more windows-like), Xfce, Enlightenment.... There's a lot out there, and most of them are not Mac-like. And they work on Ubuntu, so you don't have to install a whole new OS - just install the new one, log out, and switch which one to log in using.
Apr
26
answered sed pattern matching
Apr
26
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Apr
26
answered Efficiently delete large directory containing thousands of files