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Debian user, GNU/Linux enthusiast, FLOSS supporter, hobby developer.


Oct
25
comment What is the difference between symbolic and hard links?
Nice list. Just wanted to add that you can also break a relative path symlink by moving the symlink itself.
Oct
23
comment Newlines in filenames
Short answer is bizarre filenames with newlines and/or unprintable characters are never good practice, sensible apps don't create them, and you only really see them if someone is trying to break your shell scripts or programs that do not handle such names correctly. I'll let other people provide more detailed answers with references and such.
Oct
22
comment How to convert hex chars to normal chars?
+1 from me. "ed, man! !man ed" FTW.
Oct
22
answered What is the “eval” command in bash?
Oct
22
answered How can I check if swap is active from the command line?
Oct
21
comment Combination of ls, xargs and zcat leads to duplicate file name suffixes?
Unable to reproduce. Perhaps try taking a look at your zcat executable (probably a shell script) and see if it is auto-appending a .gz extension.
Oct
21
comment How long will Debian be supporting Gnome 2?
Just keep in mind that while you can stick with a certain version and never upgrade, eventually upstream will drop support for old software which includes security updates. Thus, if you want a sustainable solution I'd go with something that is likely to be maintained in the future like Xfce.
Oct
19
answered How can I move a directory onto an existing directory?
Oct
19
revised Is there any way to play these videos in Linux?
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Oct
19
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Oct
19
revised Can a home directory have both .cshrc and .bashrc files?
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Oct
18
comment How to list files and directories with directories first
-t is a possibly a GNU-only option to cp that takes an explicit target directory and hence can go anywhere in the command line, including the beginning.
Oct
16
answered Lightweight feature-rich alternatives to OpenOffice and LibreOffice
Oct
14
comment How to code shell script with command line arguments like -la
See also this question.
Oct
13
comment what is 'nogroup' group's purpose
@Nils You are correct. The nobody user paradigm only works for a single service. The recommended practice is moving towards running each process as a separate user.
Oct
13
revised How to write a column of consecutive integers in Vim over existing text?
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Oct
13
comment What is a good example of a bash script to study in order to learn good coding conventions?
One note about where not to look: many system init scripts packaged by most distros in /etc or wherever are full of bad shell scripting practices so you should avoid using those as examples.
Oct
13
answered How to write a column of consecutive integers in Vim over existing text?
Oct
12
answered what is 'nogroup' group's purpose
Oct
11
comment Getting size with du of files only
I'd go with this answer if you don't have access to find -print0 or other GNU features. If available, replacing \; with \+ will result in fewer invocations of du and thus better performance.