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How to detect which init script starts zram?

Due to a zram bug leading to machine lock-ups, I've had to disable zram. I thought dpkg --purge zram-config as well as commenting any reference out of /etc/rc.local would do the trick, but the module ...
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Which script rotates /var/log/auth.log?

I cannot figure out where /var/log/auth.log is rotated. I found the file /var/log/auth.log.2013-09-16 on my system, which contains log entries previously found in /var/log/auth.log. Where does that ...
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Methods for creating good admin documentation?

I want to document any change I do to my ubuntu system. I want to do this in a way that if I had to pass this system to another administrator, it would be easy and logical for him to access this ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu through network?

I would like to install Ubuntu for almost 120 users. But it's very difficult in using USB and drives. please suggest ....
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How do I install browser plugins in a centralized way?

I have 5 users on an ubuntu box and I want each user to have AdBlock+ (and a few others) for both FireFox and Chrome. Is there a way to avoid logging in as each one with GUI and starting both ...
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What server control panels are available for Ubuntu Server?

As a dedicated Ubuntu server or as a VPS, I am looking for a web control panel, something like cPanel which is something like a web administrator for a server. I have not used any on Linux since I do ...
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php.ini cli symbolic link

Why do we have a different php.ini for the php client ? Is it a good idea to link the main instead ? $ sudo ln -s /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini /etc/php5/cli/php.ini
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How to administer, manage & update 40 to 50 Kubuntu laptops?

I have a custom developed application presently running on about 40 Kubuntu laptops (& more planned). Every few months I have to update the application. I also have to run Ubuntu updates and a few ...
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How to install Wubi without Administrator privileges in Windows

Is there any way to install Wubi without Administrator privileges in Windows? Or, if this is not possible, is there any workaround to have an Ubuntu experience while on Windows? Thanks.
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Forcing screensaver lockout time for all users in Unity

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and Unity. Is there a way to force the screensaver lockout time using an admin account? By default each user can change their lockout time. I need to be able to prevent ...
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ntpd vs ntpdate: pros and cons

In order to keep the time accurate on a Ubuntu system one can either: Run the ntpd (network time protocol daemon) which will run all the time and continuously adjust the system time when clocks ...
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Disable discovery or listing of HDD partitions

I would like to disable auto detection or listing of certain partitions in applications such as Nautilus. I have a HP laptop that contains a recovery partition along with a EFI partition and I would ...
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How to disable update notification for all users?

This is a partial case of the more general question "Don't bother non-admin users with admin questions": I have several non-admin users on a computer and I want to disable software updates for all of ...
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Don't bother non-admin users with admin questions

My wife and kids use ubuntu laptops which I administer. How do I prevent the system from, e.g., offering them software updates? (I know I can disable that for the whole box, but that is just one ...
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Need a simple, foolproof remote admin for Ubuntu Server

I'm running an Ubuntu server 12.10 box and need a foolproof remote admin for my wife/kids who have even less experience of linux than I. The box only runs as file server and our LAN Minecraft server. ...
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Limited access accounts for a low maintenance deployment?

Forgive me if I haven't done quite as much digging trying to solve this on my own as I could have: I'm currently in Zambia, and my internet access is unpredictible and slow when it's working. I'm ...
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How to create an image of an entire remote system for using on other (virtual) remote machines?

I have ordered several virtual machines from a hosting provider, which all need exactly the same setup: same users same programs installed same config (except for hostname) including cron-jobs Is ...
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How to give nopasswd access to multiple commands via sudoers?

Below is what I know: I have to add this below line in sudoers file to give rights to the user for particular task. user_name ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/apt-get install In this case I want to give ...
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Recommend way to setup a terminal program to run in the background on boot?

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 Server edition. Currently I boot up the server, log in, run the application "screen", run an existing terminal program to do some work, and then use screen to lock the ...
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How can I restore the administration menu?

I do not know how I did it but I am now missing my administration menu. I am using 12.04 (but with all upgrades) and GNOME FALL-BACK. Could anyone direct me on how to restore it? I have tried adding ...
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Is there a way that I can make people have to input an administrators password to change the desktop background?

I have a problem of lots of people changing my desktop background. Is there a way that I can make people have to input an administrators password to change the desktop background. I am running ...
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How do I add a network printer in Ubuntu 12.04?

I know the name and the IP address of a network printer, but I can't seem to be able to search by IP address or name. Ubuntu developers love to move things around to make it difficult for users, so ...
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How do I check the up time in Ubuntu 12.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: See computer’s uptime and history Well sometimes for testing purposes I want to know the up time but don't know where to look. How do I check for this?
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Saving has been disabled by system administrator [duplicate]

I have coded my own HTML website recently, and today I wanted to add a Google calendar object to it. Today I got an error when trying to save the Google calendar code. I am the admin on my Ubuntu PC, ...
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Preventing Users/Groups from accessing certain Domains

I have created a Study account which I use when doing anything school related work. It's purpose is to remove the distractions of my normal account, such as social media and news websites. I know ...
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What happened to the graphical PolicyKit settings?

Back in 8.04 or so, when PolicyKit was new, we had a GUI "browser" that enabled us to easily decide things like whether a user should be allowed to shutdown the system when other users were logged in ...
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Is server alive app

I'm just wondering, is there an Ubuntu program to check if certain IP's are up ? I have a few servers and i'm searching for a small program\app\indicator to ping\telnet\tcp-connect my servers and ...
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Prevent Apache restarting automatically after upgrading packages

Following on from an earlier question: Is there a way to download security updates and notify admin without installing the update? A large number of packages interact with Apache (especially PHP) ...
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Is there a way to download security updates and notify admin without installing the update?

We use apt to download and install security updates on our production server, and most of the time this works well for us. However, this morning, our server downloaded an update, installed the ...
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What's the complement of `top -u`?

The top -u mary command allows me to see all jobs running by user mary. What is the command to show the complement of that: all top processes except the jobs running by mary?
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I want to be asked for password for mounting drives

In earlier Ubuntu releases (As far as I remember Natty had it) we were asked for password while trying to mount the drive using Nautilus. But in Ubuntu 12.04 (also in 11.10) it is removed. But I want ...
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Tweaking User privileges Ubuntu 12.04

I would like to fine tune user privileges after reviewing default available privileges for a standard user. Is there a way to fine tune it? I was using 10.04 and 10.10 until now and I could not ...
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Allow non-admin users to mount drives via nautilus

I want to give mount privilege to the non-admin users to mount the drives via nautilus. I don't want them to give other admin privilege. I also don't want to use setuid method. How can I achieve ...
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WMI Windows Management Instrumentation on Ubuntu

Is there a tool for accessing windows'wmi interface? I know once there was wmic-client (hardy) but it has been removed. I'd like to administrate some windows machines remotely trough shell: i.e. ...
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How can I set a global timeout for the screensaver?

I am trying to to set a global screensaver and blanking idle timout (with screen locking) that will affect all new user accounts. I noticed that gnome-screensaver in 12.04 when configured by a user, ...
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Recommendation of web server admin control panel (free, open source, deb package)?

I'm looking for: a safe/secure web admin control panel for a web server preferably free and open source in official repositories or at least with regular updates and an easy way to update to newer ...
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Is it possible to get Drakconf in Ubuntu?

I am using PCLOS for a long time, but now considering to switch to Kubuntu due some unsolved issues in this distro and also because of much bigger applications choice in repositories. However, ...
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I unexpetedly deleted administrator account and the other accounts are asking root password

I unexpectedly deleted my user account (the only administrator for the machine). I have another account which is standard account now i cant access my hard disk or anything with that standard account ...
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How can I add my user to the sudo list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04, Now I am using standard user, but I want to change my user to admin when I got the following ...
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How do I get around administrator priviliges are required for this task when installing real vnc?

When I try to install real VNC and enter in the registration code I get administrator privileges are required for this task. How do I get around this? I am the only user on the computer and already ...
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Deactivated my Systemadministrator whil i was loged in as standard-user so I can't reactivate it because of the deactivated administrator-password [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost Administrative (root) password? (My distribution is Ubuntu 12.04) because of the advice to deactivate the Root-User in reasons for safty etc. I ...
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Shell Scripting for Linux Server Administration

I recently started learning Linux(Ubuntu), and i'm aware that Linux has it's own form of language i.e Shell Scripting. What i'll like to know is that is this language enough to administer a Linux ...
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Create shared shortcuts for Guest login

I have decided to use Ubuntu as my base OS for my internet cafe machines, and also for the thin clients that connect to my Windows terminal server running 2008 R2. 8 machines in internet cafe room, ...
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How can I regain admin privileges?

I'm very new to Linux so I don't understand a lot of the terms you guys use. I need a basic answer on why I keep getting admin group does not exist. I accidentally changed my initial account from ...
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How to create a “shutdown user” or “shutdown account”

Red Hat had a feature useful to me at the present time. There was an account, generally called "shutdown", and when you logged in with the account, the system shut down. In my specific case, I have ...
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How do I add myself into the sudoers group? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add a user to the “sudo” group? I've added myself back into the admin's group I think, by following this. But I still can't do commands like: sudo aptitude ...
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How to Run files and open folders as an administrater 11.10

Solved!!! Enable open as administrator in nautilus! To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below: enter code here sudo apt-get ...
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Hardware logs storage?

I have a Ubuntu Server 11.10 installed. wanted to know where hardware related logs are stored & is there any configuration that needs to be done, for those logs to be activated? If possible ...
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Tool for cleaning installed fonts

I have have installed too much fonts (11.10); now my system is very slow (memory full, etc.). Does a tool exist in order to clean my mess up?
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Network Administrating Software (Similar to ClearOS)

I am looking for a network administrating software that is similar to the ClearOS in this link: http://www.clearfoundation.com/Software/screenshots.html Of course the software should be for Ubuntu or ...