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I'm a graduate student in physics doing research in high-energy particle physics. I also have a hobby interest in computer programming.

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Jul
19
comment How to make user passwords shown as a clear text in Linux?
@user78050 because the root user has no reason to know the passwords of other users, and it would be a major security risk to allow them to do so.
Jul
8
comment How can I tell when a file was compressed?
@vinc17 huh, I thought I did a test that showed otherwise but you're right. I've changed the answer.
Jul
8
revised How can I tell when a file was compressed?
fix statement about time
Jul
8
answered How can I tell when a file was compressed?
Jul
8
comment How can I tell when a file was compressed?
@Networker I don't believe so, because this is asking for when (not whether) the file was compressed.
Jun
30
awarded  Yearling
Jun
29
answered What is the syntax for passing the output of a command to xargs?
Jun
26
comment Flash Player on Linux
It is possible to take the Flash plugin from Chrome and use it in Chromium. I don't know the exact details of how, but Gentoo at least packages it in this way, so you can install a package containing the Flash and PDF plugins for Chromium.
Jun
24
comment How can I view a reference or cheat sheet of the basic bash syntax, in the linux terminal?
@SamuelLampa if you use the bash man page enough (it doesn't take that much) you'll get a feel for its structure, so you can tell what's in there and about where it is before you actually look it up.
Jun
21
answered Split large file into chunks without splitting entry
Jun
8
comment How to check whether file1 is a prefix of file2?
There may be contexts where a C program isn't practical, though. And it's not that hard to make it fairly robust, because the output of cmp is so tightly constrained. Using the -x option on grep to match the entire line will take care of all but the most exotic cases (e.g. newlines in the filename).
Jun
8
comment How to check whether file1 is a prefix of file2?
You could do cmp file1 file2 2>&1 | grep EOF on file1
Jun
4
answered Look if a folder has some files of certain extention
May
24
comment How do I view executables run by a program?
Alternatively, strace -e trace=process makes strace only print out the process-related system calls, so the grep might then be unnecessary. (I think you can also use strace -e trace=execve to print out only calls to execve() exactly, and similarly for other system calls.)
Feb
6
comment Is it possible to make a standard user that can gain NO access to root?
It might be worth also mentioning the significance of the wheel group.
Jan
12
comment How to make sure that a command is not interrupted, even if terminal is closed?
Well actually the question doesn't say anything about checking output or exit status. True, there are many cases where that is important information, but this may not be one of them.
Dec
9
accepted How can I install a new keyboard layout in KDE 4?
Oct
14
asked How can I install a new keyboard layout in KDE 4?
Nov
14
comment How to turn off smooth scrolling in KDE4
It seems to differ from one widget to another, and perhaps may be specific to the help browser. I see the smooth scrolling when I open the help browser, but not in Kate, Dolphin, or Okular (and I'm pretty sure I haven't configured it away).
Oct
13
comment Override the window title for an arbitrary window in KDE and set a custom window title
Native KDE apps do have a --caption command-line option that lets you set the window title, but I don't think that's quite what you're looking for.