The use of control systems to reduce the need for human work. Related to automatic systems.

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Installation automation

Use case: When I install Ubuntu on another computer, I need to: install all the packages that I use; make some config changes; svn checkout some projects; git clone some projects; setup ...
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how to put a trigger on a directory

I have a script that scans a directory and does some maintenance on the files in it. Another process creates the files in the directory (10 - 30 files per day). The script is called via a daily cron ...
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How do I run BleachBit from the terminal?

On their website, they say to simply enter bleachbit --(argument here) but all that does is open the program. Am I doing something wrong?
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What are Launchpad packaging recipes and how can I use them?

As I understand it, packaging recipes are a way to automate packaging into a PPA from a bzr branch. What I'm not sure of is how to go about setting one up. I have read the documentation but for some ...
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How do I enable automatic updates of all packages?

I'd like to use unattended-upgrades to install all updates to Natty beta packages daily. Whatever I try, unattended-upgrades seems to ignore updates to packages in "main". Here's my current ...
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How do I run a macro in the selenium IDE without having to take my hands off the keyboard?

I am looking for some form of utility that can be run from the command line in Ubuntu that will click a button in a specific window. What I want to do is run a macro in the selenium IDE without ...
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Automation Extracting Many Passworded Archive

I have many 7zip Archive with same password. When I extract it, both using GUI application and command line, I must enter same password again and again. When I read the 7za command manual pages, I ...
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Bad archive mirror using PXE boot method

I'm trying to automatically install Ubuntu on a client PC by using the PXE BOOT method....my Objectives are below: I am following the steps given in this link installation using PXE BOOT the server ...
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How can I automatically create a list of files and folders in a given folder in LibreOffice Calc?

How can I automatically create a list of files and folders in a given folder in LibreOffice Calc ? I'd like it to have as much info as possible (size, name, folder hierarchy...) sorted in nice little ...
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Automatic shutdown / hibernation after x minutes in suspend?

I have an embedded battery powered device running Ubuntu and want to reduce power consumption. The idea is that if a user does not use a device for ca. 30 min. then the device will automatically ...
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How can I automate creation of videos from an image and an audio track?

There are many videos on sites such as Youtube that simply contain album art and an audio track. This is easy to do with tools such as openshot or pitivi but it is time consuming. Is there a script or ...
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How to set up a default system configuration (packages, config)?

I need a way to customize my system automatically either at install time or right after. Example (system just finished installing): Install a custom list of packages (e.g. gimp, inkscape, certain ...
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How can I automatically mount eSATA drives when plugged in?

What can I do to make Ubuntu automatically mount an external drive when it is connected to an eSATA port? Currently I must go to Home Folder ▸ Go ▸ Computer and click on the disk to mount it.
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How can I make my laptop's password-less guest account automatically attempt to connect to any and all open wireless networks?

Or, alternatively: What is the closest I can get to this? If my laptop ever gets stolen, I want it to do everything in its power to phone home. Prey only kicks in after an internet connection has ...
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How can I automatically switch to USB headset when plugged in?

Whenever I plugged in my old audio jack headset, sound was immediately diverted from my speakers to the headset speakers, and the microphone was immediately available. When I plug in my new USB ...
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How can I easily retab html files according to some sane default?

I have some html files that I'd like to retab that look like this: <header> <div class="wrapper"> <img src="images/logo.png"> <div ...
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Automatically close application after custom time?

Is there a way to automatically close a certain application after custom time? Update: i.e. stop the Audioplayer after a certain time.
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How can I automatically shutdown the system after a specific time?

How can I automatically shutdown the system after a certain customizable time?
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Automatic desktop/work environment setup

I have this strange thing I am trying to do, so before I jump into it I was curious if someone knows about existing solution or maybe have an advice as far as implementation. I run a small software ...
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How can I make the network manager automatically connect to a new network?

If my computer is on without an network connection(e.g. the router is rebooted, the network cable is unplugged, etc), it won't connect at all until I fix the connection then reboot the computer. How ...
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TestDrive equivalent for Ubuntu Server

Every now and then I'd like to play with a fresh minimal install of Ubuntu (to test sysadminish scripts, application install instructions, package dependency lists etc.). I'd like to have a tool as ...
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I need a command to remove all files from a directory (and subdir) that are under 20MB

With the exception of certain file extensions. (removing junk other than subtitle files from a video directory)
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Why is the automatic login disabled for users with encrypted home?

I've tried to setup an autologin, but that isn't possible, because my home is encrypted. What are the reasons for this? PS. Here I have described my problem: ...
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How can I set up Ubuntu to install updates without asking? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I enable automatic updates? I would like to have Ubuntu silently install updates every day or so. It it possible to set it to do so? Are there any potential ...
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Setup a service that auto-magically deletes specific files from a folder

I have a folder that connects to a hardware weather logger. The data is pretty huge, and I only wish to keep the last 5 hours worth of data. This folder; however, has also some config files such as ...
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How do I run a script automatically when I start an app?

I want to run a script automatically when an application start. How would I do this without making the script run at start-up? My current approach is writing a script with an infinite loop and made ...
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Auto-login to console as root - no Xserver

I'm setting up a PC for a very specific purpose. It's going to do some stuff deep underwater... round about 3km. We don't fear fish hijacking the box locally ;). I'm trying to set up a login: no ...
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Installing Ubuntu server on 180 machines - what tool(s) do I have (except clonezilla) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way to clone Ubuntu installation (copying to identical hardware) I need to install Ubuntu on 180 servers. Since all are identical hardware, I want to install ...
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Script / App to unRAR files, and only delete the archives which were sucessfully expanded

I have a cron job which runs a script to unrar all files in a certain directory (/rared for argument's sake) and place the expanded files in /unrared. I would like to change this script so that it ...
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Preseeding Ubuntu Server

I am in the process of creating an automated install disc for Ubuntu Server 10.10. Is it possible to setup package selection within the preseed file (what groups of packages to install etc.)? If so ...
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Is there any way to get AutoHotKey or IronAHK working?

I am very interested in getting AutoHotKey, the windows program for automation of keystrokes, working under Ubuntu. So far I have installed Wine, but am unable to use any of my previous windows ...
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How can I automatically run a command when I log out?

I'd like to make a command run every time I log out. Is there a way to do this?
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How to set up Ubuntu to automatically turn NumLock on when an external keyboard is attached and off when it is not?

Having NumLock on is convenient when using a full-sized external keyboard (having a keypad) and very inconvenient when using laptop's built-in keyboard (which places digits instead of letters on the ...
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Using gvfs or other automounter on ubuntu server? [closed]

I have a headless machine running Ubuntu Server sitting in my closet. I would like to have USB disks automounted when I plug them in just like on my laptop. Is it possible to set up gvfs or some other ...
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Proxy to automatically save specific URLs

I am looking for a network proxy that would do the following: If a requested URL matches a certain pattern (regular expressions would be ideal) save the transfer to a specified folder. I'm not sure ...
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Conveniently switch between Apple and PC keyboard (swap Windows and Alt keys)

I alternate between a Unicomp clicky keyboard by day, and the Apple bluetooth keyboard by night. The Apple keyboard physically swaps the Alt and Windows keys. How do I counteract this? Also, how can ...
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Alternative for Mac OS X Automator?

I once tested Mac OS X and something that called my atention was Automator, a software to visually create scripts to automatize tasks on the desktop. Is there any Linux alternative for this software?
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How do I get involved with testing and QA with Ubuntu?

I'd like to get involved with Ubuntu QA by creating automated tests. Is there an ongoing effort to create these tests? Where can I learn more?