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Working amidst the ever merging & forever blurred realms of technocrat and troglodyte.


Oct
11
comment can we use something better than more for tab completion?
not sure what "bash isn't as sophisticated" means. maybe it's the name that seems garish. Nonetheless, 'bash' does not use 'more' for tab completion. And regarding paging through "ls" output, you may have "ls" aliased to "ls | more"? => try: $ type ls => see if you're doing more than just listing files. Tab completion in bash can be customized, using the complete command.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Mar
18
awarded  Revival
Jan
2
comment How to properly and easy configure `xdg-open` without any enviroment?
using xdg-mime (part of xdg-utils) is the best answer for working with (querying, configuring) xdg-open. See also unix.stackexchange.com/questions/8793/…
Jan
2
comment How to properly and easy configure `xdg-open` without any enviroment?
+1 and see also my related answer to the related question, unix.stackexchange.com/questions/77136/…
Jan
2
answered xdg-open default applications behavior
Nov
20
comment If computers start counting at 0, why does the init process have a pid of 1?
this is likely a case of opposing underlying paradigms of programming: the programmer's gravitation towards special flag values (zero, negative one) trumps the lesser pull of a proclivity for zero-based numbering systems.
Oct
19
awarded  Critic
Oct
19
comment Share (masquerade) Internet connection from Debian desktop to a bunch of computers
With Ubuntu, anyway (and therefore probably Debian), you can set up a computer as a wifi hotspot if it has wifi & is connected to the network not using wifi (ie, using eth0). You could try to google for "Ubuntu (or Debian) hotspot wifi", & see if any of these work for Debian...
Oct
19
comment Change directory without typing cd?
The amount of typing saved by not typing "cd" will likely be offset by not having intelligent default autocompletion for paths. Also this method of changing dirs, as often as one does change dirs, is a little scary in that accidentally running a (potentially malicious) program (that you think is a directory) becomes very likely.
Oct
19
awarded  Supporter
Oct
19
answered Ubuntu 12.04LTS becoms slow and jerky randomly for a mintue and then becomes normal by itself
Aug
7
comment Writing custom Gnome/Mate screensaver with SDL
sorry to spam your question with comments, but to answer my own question (from here) quoting/paraphasing: "mate-screensaver is a simplified front-end/daemon for xscreensaver" ... "[xscreensaver has] the daemon, the config front-end, and the 'hacks'. The first two are replaced by mate-screensaver...The 'hacks' ('themes' in the gnome docs, most people probably think of them as the 'screensavers themselves') used by mate-screensaver are the same as the ones used by xscreensaver." ... but mate lacks all the config options of xscreensaver
Aug
7
comment Writing custom Gnome/Mate screensaver with SDL
This link applies to gnome-screensaver & xscreensaver (but not mate-screensaver), and you can reuse things across these two ( wiki.gnome.org/GnomeScreensaver/FrequentlyAskedQuestions ).
Aug
7
comment Writing custom Gnome/Mate screensaver with SDL
can mate-screensaver (your question & first link) and gnome-screensaver (your second link) use the same customizations? mate-screensaver really needs more options; everyone uninstalls it as a result, usually replacing it with gnome-screensaver which has more options (themes). then there's the crowd that hates gnome-screensaver's limited options and installs xscreensaver. ...I'm not sure how or if a screensaver can be used/packaged for these different applications, so you may have to choose one first (mate/gnome/x), or explore if/how the saver could be used with multiple.
Jul
19
answered How to name a file in the deepest level of a directory tree
Jun
19
comment Validate Password for user account from shell script
Sounds like a bad idea...that means you have a clear-text list of every user's password, which you will want to keep in sync with whatever is being used for the OS authentication? It sounds like what you really want to do is to authenticate users against (some) existing service. You didn't say if the OS is authenticating against LDAP/NIS/etc-passwd or ssh public key authentication or...? Or, will your script passwd differ from the OS passwd? (Otherwise, obviously, if the user is logged-in, you can assume they are authenticated and there is no need to re-authenticate.)
Jun
19
answered issue with how newly made gnome launchers work vs launchers rebuilt after a system boot. (title change for clarity)
Jun
19
answered Noninteractive script running over ssh is interrupted as apt-get finishes
Jun
11
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