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Why is cp's option not to overwrite files called --no-clobber?

cp is a massively popular Linux tool maintained by the coreutils team of the GNU foundation. By default, files with the same name will be overwritten, if the user wants to change this behaviour they ...
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Is there a GUI to edit/add users and groups

Is there a graphical tool that shows (edits) all users and groups on the system, so that one can avoid editing /etc/passwd and /etc/group directly? GNOME Settings (gnome-control-center) Users view ...
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Gnome shell : why do I need to type TAB or DOWN arrow to loop through open windows in overview

When I press Super on Gnome shell, I get the overview of the current workspace with all open windows. However I can't select any window using the arrow keys unless I press one time on the DOWN key or ...
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How to have separate arguments/variables in read

I want to make a CLI using bash for fun. I want to have a read prompt like CLI/[path]/:> easy read -p "CLI$PWD/:>" but if I want to do a command like cd then I will have to make a whole ...
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how can I set a right click and open terminal in context menu

I am using Debian 10.1 See the following screenshot. I am used to a Ubuntu environment where I do a right click and terminal opens. Is this kind of a thing possible for Debian environment. If it is ...
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We can't use TAB key or Left/Right Arow Key in close modal dialog in firefox and vscode on Kubuntu 19.04

system: Kubuntu 19.04 kde plasma version: 5.15.4 kde frameworks version: 5.56.0 Qt version: 5.12.2 kernel: 5.0.0-29-generic os type: 64-bit when you close one tab in kate text editor (CTRL+W) , you ...
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New Border Problem (Kubuntu 19.04)

The Problem Basically, I had, for the most part, a carbon copy of the setup on Reddit. After running some updates, when logging in this morning, these new borders appeared. Theme State I haven't ...
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Is it possible to increase the size of dropdown menus in GTK?

I find great the font size I'm using in my Mate desktop, but the dropdown menus are not always easy to navigate, as I must use my left hand for the mouse. It would be great if I could increase the ...
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Debian 9.9: Can I set up a multi-lingual, multi-user system with locale?

In Debian I have set up multiple users. The OS was installed in English. Next I ran sudo dpkg-reconfigure locale and selected multiple other languages (such as German, Spanish, and French) and ...
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Alternative file ”open“/“save as” user interface?

One of the greatest advantages of Windows over Linux is the IBM Common User Access user interface with “Open File”/“Save File as”. It has separate bars for breadcrumbs folder navigation, search and ...
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How do linux distros generally handle multilingual UI fonts?

My question is specifically about whether there is a possibility to use different UI fonts for different languages. i.e. Ubuntu for English, Natsume Moji for Japanese, Noto Naksh for Arabic, etc.. ...
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Wrap a program in borders

I want a unix command like this: $ wrap mc $ wrap ls $ wrap vi It should create a border box with the size of the terminal window and run the command passed to it inside this box so that the command ...
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UI takes from 20 up to 25% of my screen vertical space

I use google-chrome-stable (Version 69.0.3497.100, installed from the official Google repository) on my Debian Sid laptop. Its user interface (UI) sits at the top of the window and, as far as I can ...
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Matching opening and closing if statements in shell script (if…fi) using PHPStorm, vscode

I hava bunch of these nested if..then...fi 's if [ "${var}" = "NA" ] then if [ "$var" != "SAM" -a "$fileFormat" != "XED" -a "$Format" != "TED" -a "$Format" != "ESTA" ] then ...
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Chrome: font size of tabs, bookmarks' bar etc

Depending on the DPI settings, the fonts used in the Chrome user interface may be the wrong size, because Chrome (2018.07.22) respects the DPI settings when it renders web pages' content, but not when ...
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What does the error “X is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.” philosophically/logically mean?

Along side the question "Username is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported" that explained the programical aspects of the error and suggested some workarounds, I want to know: what ...
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dpkg-reconfigure: what packages are supported?

dpkg-reconfigure gives a way to set options for installed packages in a "user-friendly" way (e.g. not editing files but selecting from dialogs). How can I find out what package has such options? e.g. ...
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How do i create my own linux Desktop Enviroment [closed]

I want to build a fully customized desktop enviroment. I bet this will take me forever, so i would really like a point in the right direction. I want to customize things like the taskbar, window ...
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Can I (pre)view a print job from the print queue?

Inspired by Mac OSX, I wonder whether it is possible to view the content of a print job (e.g. the file content to be printed, not just the file name or title). Does any UI exist for that? Ideally ...
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Change Icon User Login Screen, and Background, CentOS 7

I have CentOS 7 and I want the Icon User on the Login Screen... I was trying in the System Settings -> Account Details, Click over Image But this method doesn't work... The Second Part, is changing ...
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How to make the PS1 character bolder?

This is my current PS1: PS1='\e[46m [\u@\A \W]\$ \e[0m ' It look like this: But I’d like thefont to be in bold style. Is it possible?
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Is there a way to set each user with its own language?

I use a fresh Mageia 6 with gnome-shell and 64bit. I have two accounts (or users), is there a way to set each account with its own language for example my account is in English and the other account ...
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Entering Unicode characters by name

Emacs has the insert-char feature: You press a key combination and get a menu containing all Unicode characters with search similar to dmenu and most DE's program launchers. For example, to enter "∃" ...
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Comboboxes from bash

I want a combobox from the shell. That is, a dropdown of default items with some fuzzy searching and, importantly, the ability to enter a value that is not in the list. In gui environments, this is ...
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Is `controlling terminal` solely for user control?

I can kill processes and send signals to them with kill, so I don't need controlling terminal (or ctty) for that. So.. is the purpose of controlling terminal is solely for reacting to nudges from user?...
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Run a program under another user with X server display

I want to be able to run (just) a program/few programs under a test user named "test" and at the same time benefit of the GUI of the program. I need this because I want to be able to save test ...
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midnight commander go to root directory shortcut

I would like to set "/" key as shortcut for going to root directory in midnight commander. I have tried to find relevant option in /etc/mc/md.default.keymap file but I couldn't. Is there relevant ...
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XFCE: “Send” window to an other workspace

I am using XFCE and I would like to have a shortcut to move some windows to other workspaces in order to "clean up" current workspace. I know, there are settings for this kind of shortcuts (move the ...
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How do I filter out “useful” mounts from /etc/mtab or /proc/mounts

I'm currently writing a basic filesystem abstraction (in C++) and I need to get a list of "useful" mounted devices on linux. I've found the function(s) getmntent/getmntent_r that allow to me to ...
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Bash - How can I make selection menu of zip files based on how many zip files in a directory?

I am doing a theming tool script. I want to make a selection menu of zip files (zip file contain theme) in a directory, then users will choose a zip file they want to install Example: in /theme/...
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Web-based Samba client interface for headless system

I run a file server on a Raspberry Pi at home. Also at home on another Raspberry PI; I'm running Openelec Kodi. The instance that I'm envisioning is where my (not-very-tech-savvy) wife is at home ...
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Linux Mint 17: Menu editors can't “move” Main Menu applications

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 64-bit MATE 1.10.2 mintmenu 5.6.4 Menu editors cannot apply "move" to Mint Menu applications. Mozo menu editor (default menu editor, version 1.10.1-1+rafaela) Displays ...
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Cause `less` to exit with a non-zero status code?

I would like to have the following command structure: command && check-status | less && followup-command This would pause the execution while the user interacted with less. How can ...
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find command, is there a way to get a progress report?

firstly please forgive my lack of knowledge of Unix - that's why I'm here after all. I've created an AppleScript which searches for files on a Mac and have greatly improved the speed by using the ...
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Sniffing usb serial connection

I'm trying to read the usb/serial connection under Ubuntu 15.04 without beeing a real 'member' of the connection. Since there can only be 2 instances reading/writing on the bus. I've used modprobe ...
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User input control

I am writing script, basically it's a calculator for very specific industrial procedure. I want to block alphanumeric input and allow only numerical input. How I do that???? I have used variable for ...
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Can the Bash shell “Ignore” Excess copy-paste text?

Say, I have a "Quick&Dirty" Perl script in a gui text editor, and I start the Perl interpreter in a terminal window which is running Bash. I can copy-paste the Perl script to the terminal & ...
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Windows look-alike Linux/Unix

The security/privacy focused distribution Tails features a camouflage-mode, that made it look like a Windows Desktop OS. Is there a GUI/GUI-theme/GUI-extensions that makes a Linux/Unix desktop look ...
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CTRL+C: copy or interrupt

In both Linux and Windows CTRL + C has two very different meanings, depending on what program you use. In some programs (mostly GUI programs) it means "copy" whereas in other programs (almost ...
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Colorization of BASH script output with tput - how to select good colors? [closed]

I would like to colorize output of one long complex interactive BASH script to make it easier for the user to work with it. I have learned how to use tput, but my question is more matter of design: ...
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cursor and combining diacritics in shell [closed]

I frequently deal with combining diacritics, especially the combining acute accent (U0301, or \xcc\x81). I have a keyboard set up to insert this character, and that works fine in the shell. $ echo а́ ...
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security model of Linux password entry

Whenever a Windows application wants to do something requiring administrator privileges, my screen goes black and a prompt comes up, asking if I want to grant administrator privileges. I understand ...
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A desktop environment with mnemonics for Debian 8?

Mnemonics - the underlined letters in menus and buttons, controlled by the option gtk-enable-mnemonics - have been deprecated in GTK3, and indeed they are not available in my GNOME Shell 3.14.4. ...
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Prevent the Gtk file dialog from listing mount points

When I open the Gtk file dialog, there is a box called “Places” on the left-hand side which lists “Search”, “Recently Used”, a bunch of directories, and several things that appear to be volumes. I don'...
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what is the difference between graphical environment, user interface, graphical shell and a windowing system?

What is the difference between graphical environment, user interface, graphical shell and a windowing system? How they cooperate and how are they built on top of each other? For example, from en....
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Change user account type from administrator to standard

In Fedora 21, I changed the user account type from standard to an administrator. Now, I want to change it back via UI but the option that I used before (Settings → Users → Account type) doesn't work ...
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Can't disable GNOME Shell hotspot / hot corner / Activities “feature”

I have a Fedora 21 box set up with the latest GNOME Desktop. I would like to completely disable the hotspot / hot corner / Activities or whatever it is called. I have read that using the ...
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Text User Interface

I have been working on a shell script, and was wondering if I can put up a text user interface for the shell script. After some searching, I see few people suggest using "ncurses/curses". However the ...
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Disable colours at runtime in xterm

I would like to disable colours in my xterm at runtime. Reason being that some programs lack the sanity to use them in proper way. For example: $ sane-program color output $ disable-color $ less-...
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XFCE: how to remove “Always on top” option

When I click the program link in the bottom panel among the other options I have "Always on top". Once I accidentally clicked it for audacios, and now it's always active by default. So, every time I ...