Questions about using the command-line interface (CLI).

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How to start GUI from command line?

I've installed the following version of ubuntu om my machine. ubuntu-12.04-desktop-i386.iso But when I switch on the computer, I get command line. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS COMP-1245 tty1 Once I ...
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How do I disable the blank console “screensaver” on Ubuntu Server?

How to disable blank screensaver on Ubuntu Server? There's no desktop or X, only console (command-line interface).
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How do I open a terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a terminal and how do I open and use it? How do I access the Terminal? I just got ubuntu running on my computer and now I am ready to write a program...but I ...
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Bluetooth from the command line in 12.04?

I've been trying to pair up my bluetooth keyboard with my computer after reinstalling from a standard ubuntu 12.04 to a minimal install. In the minimal install I have no gui, so I've been trying to ...
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Command to know my external IP address? [duplicate]

How can I get my external IP address using the Command Line?
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What commands are needed to install Ubuntu Core?

Ubuntu Core's wiki page page contains the instructions to install Ubuntu Core on a target media: Uncompress (do not unpack) rootfs Format target media: at least one partition should be ext2, ...
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How to run a command or script at screen lock/unlock?

I am looking for a way to store lock/unlock screen times. A=$(date) echo $A >> $HOME/time_xprofile What did I try: $HOME/.bashrc $HOME/.bash_logout $HOME/.bash_prompt $HOME/.xprofile Then ...
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Why is pkexec preferred over gksudo for graphical applications?

Please provide Ubuntu documentation that refutes this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo Why, on my fully updated 13.04 system, does pkexec not function? $ pkexec gedit somefile.txt No ...
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How can I get a list of all repositories and PPAs from the command line?

I know how to list all packages installed on my system. But how could I get a list of all repositories and PPA's? I know I can look into /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/sources.list.d, but I'm ...
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Find and replace text within a file using commands

How can I find and replace specific words in a text file using command line?
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How to list all variables names and their current values?

Including not only $HOME, $PWD etc but any other you have defined.
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How to add Android Studio to the launcher?

I'm trying to install the android studio so that I can launch it from a launcher instead of via terminal. Can someone give specific instructions please? I think this is something to do with the ...
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How do I save terminal output to a file?

How do I save the output of a command to a file? Is there a way without using any software? I would like to know how.
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Write command in one terminal, see result on other one

I want to run a command foo on one terminal and pass the result to another terminal. Is it possible to do this ?
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How can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim?

How can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim? When I click on a text file, I want it to open in vim under the terminal instead of gedit.
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How can I start gnome-terminal at a particular directory?

I've tried gnome-terminal -x 'cd /path/to/dir' and gnome-terminal -e 'cd /path/to/dir' but both give me errors when the new terminal opens. How do I get a new terminal to start in a specific ...
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How to turn off the display via the command line?

Is there a way to turn off the display (enter power saving mode) using a command? For example, when the computer is inactive for a specific interval, the screen turns off to conserve energy. Is there ...
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Why are letters overlapping in the terminal?

I installed Oneiric as a guest OS in VirtualBox using the Mini CD. I installed the ubuntu-desktop package and everything seems to work fine - well, except for a font issue with the terminal: As you ...
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Why is moving directories to /dev/null dangerous?

When trying to move a test_dir directory to /dev/null, I get the message mv: cannot overwrite non-directory ‘/dev/null’ with directory ‘test_dir/’ Then why do people say "Don't run the command sudo ...
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Terminal method of formatting storage drive

I want to know how to format a storage drive from the terminal. Helpful things to provide in the answer would be often used options for commands and base knowledge that one can use to extrapolate ...
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How do I switch from LightDM to GDM?

How do I switch from the default display manager (Lightdm) to the older display manager (GDM)?
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How do I resize partitions using command line without using a GUI on a server?

I only access the server via terminal and I can't use graphical tools such as gparted! I need it because I want to create a new partition from a part of root about 768mb to create a swap partition. # ...
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How do I make the terminal run python 3.1?

Currently, when I type "python" at the terminal I get v2.6 which is all fine and dandy but how can I set it to use v3.1 instead? Is there a "path" variable out there somewhere that I can change like ...
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What does `~/ ` mean?

I'm new to Linux and Ubuntu. People keep using ~/filename in their answers to my questions. What does ~/ mean?
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Create a .desktop file that opens and execute a command in a terminal

I would like to know how to write the Exec command of a .desktop file to open a new terminal and execute a shell script in it. The shell script is working and accessible by all users. When launching ...
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Ubuntu Touch using apt-get

I'm sorry if this has already been asked, I did do some searching and didn't find it. However a number of questions, I have just installed the latest Ubuntu touch, on a nexus 5, and was going to have ...
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What does // mean in a path?

I was working in my terminal, when I misspelled while cd to root (/). Accidentally, I typed // and I got in terminal: root@weblocalhost://# When i type pwd, i get response // but when I type ls -s ...
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How to switch to a command-line console [duplicate]

I have just upgraded my system but it boots to Low Graphics mode by default. I have seen questions on how to solve this problem and they all suggest to run a couple of commands from a command-line ...
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How do I delete my commands quickly?

I use terminal for almost all tasks. Let's say I have entered a huge command like this: sudo a-huge-command What is the easiest way to delete the whole command with a single shortcut, rather than ...
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Are there any games which can train people to learn terminal commands? [closed]

It seems to me learning how to use the terminal is a prerequisite to learning how to use Ubuntu. So I'm trying to figure out the best way to learn. Is there a Quizlet online flash card set out there? ...
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What is the difference between ./ and sh to run a script?

I have written a simple script. When I runsh <myscriptname.sh>, i got the correct output, but when I run ./<myscriptname.sh>, I got an error. What is difference between when I do sh and ...
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How to really clear the terminal?

I can issue the clear command or press Ctrl + L to clear the current Ubuntu terminal, but this just shifts previous output upwards and if you use mouse scroll or PgUP and PgDown keys it's hard to ...
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Browsing the internet from the command line

How can I browse the Internet from the command line in Ubuntu?
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Command line audio players

What are popular audio players for the command line? How to play a single sound file? Are there command line players that also index the music library like Banshee, Exaile, etc.?
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Browse internet inside terminal

Is there any other package other than elinks so that I browse internet inside the terminal using terminal as a browser. I feel elinks is a bit difficult to operate.
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How to get disk usage from command line?

How can I get the current disk usage (in %) of my hard drive from the command line?
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Command to append line to a text file without opening an editor

Assuming i have a line that i want to add to a file without opening an editor. How could i append this line alias list='ls -cl --group-directories-first' to this file config.fish
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How to show ascii art at the top of the terminal when it's opened?

As you can see on this screeshot of Mik's Guake he have a statup message of ascii art when he opens it, and that's what I'd like to do, can someone help me?
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What do the STAT column values in ps mean?

In the STAT column of ps there are a load of letters that don't really make much sense. What do they mean? Here's an example of ps aux | head: USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT ...
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How to display random jokes from www.icndb.com in your terminal?

I already know that you can get some nice quotes/jokes using the fortune program. But I've found in this urwird script a new source of fun that I'd like to have when I open a new terminal. This time ...
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Mount encrypted volumes from command line?

If I have an encrypted external disk (or an internal disk that is not in fstab), I see an entry for it in Nautilus -- with an entry like "X GB Encrypted Volume". I can click on this volume, and am ...
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What's the difference between ddrescue, gddrescue, and dd_rescue?

The dd command is commonly used to make image backups of a drive or partition. However, it performs poorly if the source drive is unreliable or failing. I read that ddrescue/dd_rescue is a good tool ...
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Create USB installer to install Ubuntu from the command line?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB image to install Ubuntu on a new computer. I have done this before following the "create USB drive" instructions for Ubuntu desktop, but I don't have an Ubuntu ...
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How can I create a custom terminal command (to run a script)?

I'm a web developer. When I want to start working, always i'm executing some command on terminal. For example: sudo service apache2 start sudo service mysql start sublime For speed up this process, ...
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Lauching Sublime Text From Command Line

After follow this tutorial, I cannot lauch Sublime Text from command line... how can I fix this?
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How can I list all packages I've installed from a particular PPA?

How can I list all packages I've installed from a particular PPA? Command-line answers preferred. Related question: how can I list all installed packages that are not available from the main Ubuntu ...
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How can I execute a .jar file from the terminal

I know that to execute a file, I use the . command, then the file name with a space between them. But I'm trying to execute a .jar file using the . and it does not work. I went into the properties and ...
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How to both display a command line's output on console and save the output into a text file?

How can I run sudo apt-get install by BOTH seeing the process of installation (long in my case) and saving its output into a text file ?
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How can I hibernate/suspend from the command line and do so at a specific time

I managed to find out how to suspend/hibernate the system from the command line by reading How can I suspend/hibernate from command line?. However, I would like to know how to use the command line to ...
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Home directory not being created

I am trying to understand system administration on Ubuntu. So, as an example, I create a dummy user using sudo useradd -d /home/linda linda and passwd to create the password. I check that an entry ...