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script to clear folder/drive on boot

I want to make my own /tmp folder on one of my drives /media/Torrents How would I go about create a script to run on startup applications? I already have this script where it mounts the drive on boot: ...
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disk space used up

I have upgraded to 13.04 and lose disk space, ... I have a 3 TB hard disk, and had yesterday still 890 GB free, ... today all is gone! Disk Usage Analyzer does not give me a clue and says that it ...
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Stop/Switch eSATA hotpluggable disk

I would like to know what would be the best practices to start/stop/switch safely an eSATA disk. First : i've read this post : Safely removing eSATA disks but the given and accepted answer does not ...
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Windows formated disks; are they any use on Ubuntu?

I have a bunch of disks (digital dictionaries, encyclopedia) on Windows format. Is it possible to read them with Ubuntu?(12:10) When I just put them in my drive, window says "no respinse" and it ...
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Does Ubuntu run from a CD/DVD save data ONLY in memory?

If I create a proper LiveCD and run the OS from the disc does it save any information on a hard-drive or is it ALL saved to the PC's memory? I've looked around for a clear, direct "yes/no" answer to ...
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Gparted found problems when “checking” both primary partitions. How to fix?

I am using Gparted (from Ubuntu Live CD) to enlarge my Win Vista and shrink my Ubuntu 9.04 partitions. Reports of "check" process on each partition are here: Vista partition: Ubuntu partition: ...
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Can I install Windows when a full encrypted Ubuntu disk is installed?

I am running a full-disk encrypted Ubuntu 12.10. Can I install Windows alongside, adding it at the boot menu on this machine? If so, how?
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External USB hard drive formatted E2fs/E3fs permissions

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 on a laptop computer. I have an external USB disk drive formatted E2fs/E3fs by another linux system (specifically a Linksys NSLU2 running stock Linksys firmware). From the ...
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Mounted disk suddenly became readonly

While running Ubuntu, sometimes my disks suddenly become read-only, and any write attempt on it result in error: Read-only file system, but mount -l shows that disk as rw. After restarting, some ...
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LUKS on >2TB disk

I have a 3TB disk which I want to encrypt. As soon as I create a file system (mkfs.xfs or ext2-4) in the encrypted partition it outputs "Attempt to read block from file-system resulted in short read ...
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Text User Interface for fdisk?

Is there a TUI for fdisk ? Where can I get it from and how can I use it? I would like one which is in the ubuntu repos
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Disk I/O makes desktop unusable. System consumes too much memory

I have a long-term problem with my Acer TravelMate 3002WTMi (Pentium-M 1.73Ghz, 512 MB RAM) and Xubuntu 11.10. Whenever load increases machine tends to slow down to the point that it's totally ...
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Enable external HD after remote reboot

Ran into this one tonight: Was on my laptop, and ssh'd into my desktop to access files on my desktop's external HD. So far, so good. However, after remotely rebooting the desktop, the external HD ...
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USB Drive speed testing app with test options

I know there is a benchmark in the Disk Utility app, but I need something with a few more options. Some of my USB Drives are exhibiting weird results which may be due to testing patterns etc, so some ...
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Searching for file contents on whole disk

I am trying to find my old IP address in config files in order to replace it by my new IP address. I found one answer that proposes the command sudo grep -HrnF '1.2.3.4' / to find those IP ...
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Check disk benchmark result with the disk running the OS

Is there a way to check my disks benchmark results that's currently running the Ubuntu I'm on? Or do I have to unplug the disk and check it in another computer?
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How can i skip bad sector on my hard Drive?

I have one external hard drive which i plug to my linux machine. It causes read and write operation problems. When i check it with fdisk -l it wait for information to display for while. After few ...
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ZFS pool with disks labels /dev/disk/by-id/scsi*** disappeared after upgrade

Recently I have upgraded my home server from 13.04 to 13.10 by dist-upgrade and my zfs pool which was built using .../by-id/scsi*** disk names broke The problem is that scsi*** labels completely ...
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How to merge free space with filesystem partition?

That's the snapshot of my disk. I want to merge free space to primary partition without data loss.
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Disk Usage Analyzer and other programs reporting incorrect partition capacities

I recently resized/moved my home partition and then expanded my root partition into the free space remaining. I did this all off a bootable usb with gparted. When i started ubuntu back up and ran ...
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System very Slow, Trying to find the bottleneck

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed in Sony VIAO E Series VPCEH16EN, 4GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, Intel Core i3-2310M Processor 2.10GHz. It is a dual boot with Windows7 alongside with it. I see the system is very ...
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cannot see my external drive

Hi I can't see my usb external hard drive. With disk utility it says it's mounted. But I can't find it on the right of nautilus file explorer. When I try to mounted again, obviously it says it's ...
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Install apps to another disk

I have very little space left on my main hard drive (the one that I installed Ubuntu on) and need to install apps from the software center to another disk like in Windows XP. How can I proceed in ...
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12.10 login error “Unable to mount Floppy Disk”

After a fresh install of 12.10 on a system with 6 users. Every user that logs in gets the message Error mounting system-managed device /dev/fd0: Command-line `mount "/media/floppy0"' ...
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How to use ram disk for certain application

I have creat ram disk for chrome like this:http://www.kevingunn.org/?p=210 I' d like to use light read on ram disk. What should I do? 1) Most of our commands require superuser privileges, so we ...
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How do I get back into Ubuntu?

I just deleted root.disk in Windows 7 because it seemed at the time like the only way I could rename the new partition I had created (with wubi resize disk) to replace it as "root.disk" because when I ...
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Hercules DJ console MK4

I have a Hercules DJ console MK4 at home and I would like to use it in Ubuntu because I prefer this over Windows. I know it isn't officially supported but does anyone know any method to do this? I'm ...
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12.04, Slow load, VMWare Player

Everything, including booting, apt-get install, and web browser page load is snappy, but anything that requires random disk IO seems to be slow. The examples include: application launch, sudo command, ...
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How can I disable Kubuntu 12.04 home folder encryption?

I use Kubuntu 12.04. It's a relatively new install and when I created my account I had the option to have it encrypt my home folder. I chose to do that. Now I would like to turn that off. I opened ...
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How to modify/fix incorrectly detected dmraid (FakeRaid) RAID 10 array

I'm trying to get dmraid to properly detect an existing RAID 10 array, which is working fine within windows 7. In summary, the drive setup and bios partitioning is as following: 2 x SSD (120 GB), ...
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Does Grub2 Require an Optional SCSI Feature?

I was told that the SCSI mode page commands that provide serial numbers are an optional feature. Is this true? Grub2 most definitely fails to function on disks that do not provide serial numbers. ...
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Disk errors when booting, system doesn't run properly after disk check

I'm using 11.04 on Dell Vostro 1000 laptop. For some time it was ok, but now Ubuntu usually fails to boot. After selecting Ubuntu in grub, I usually see purple (plain, without logo) or black screen ...
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Nautilus freezes every time I try to delete a file from my mounted disc

My problem is the following: Every time I try to delete a file from my auto-mounted drive Nautilus freezes up. First I get the prompt-screen saying ‘Cannot move file to trash, do you want to delete ...
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Make a disk sleep permanently

On my computer I have 3 hard disks with 3 different OSes, but one of those disks it's a little bit old and I want to make it sleep always, because it consumes power and makes noise, but I'm not even ...
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How to unmount when umount hangs due to disconnected disk?

I have an external disk connected via USB that was accidentally disconnected uncleanly. Now lsing the directory in which it was mounted gives Input/output error. umounting the directory simply hangs. ...
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I want to purchase a new Ubuntu installation CD

Can you mail me a new Ubuntu instillation CD, please? I want to switch from Windows and need an installation CD, please. How much do you charge? Can I send you a check,please, I do not trust online ...
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How to trigger Offline data collection with Smartmontools?

I just purchased a new SSD and I'm trying to figure out how to monitor the expected lifetime of it. When I run sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda it reports ... General SMART Values: Offline data ...
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Mounting disk drives among different users

I had this idea about mounting disk drives among different users. I would create a folder called say /media/diskXYZ . Then I would make a softlink from /media/user1/diskXYZ to /media/diskXYZ , and ...
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Why won't the Ubuntu 12.04 installer use my preseed file?

Here is my preseed file: d-i partman-auto/disk string /dev/sda d-i partman-auto/method string lvm d-i partman-lvm/device_remove_lvm boolean true d-i partman-lvm/device_remove_lvm_span boolean true ...
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PC loads GRUB menu, but cannot run Ubuntu 12.04; Diagnostics report HD failure [closed]

I recently switched to Ubuntu 12.04 from Windows, no regrets. A few days ago, however, I ran Windows XP in VirtualBox and the next time I booted my computer was brought straight to the GRUB menu. ...
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mount error, special device does not exists

I have a hard disk of 320 GB on ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. 2 drives of my hard (sda7 and sda8 of ext3 type) cannot be mounted. output of sudo mount /dev/sda7 /home/newfolder -t ext3 : mount: special ...
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Why disk space is not released after deleting virtual disk

I installed ubuntu via wubi with the size of 20Gbs. Then i decided to increase it to 65 Gbs using this guide. Then i decided to delete this virtual disk (65 Gbs) to increase to about 150Gbs. The only ...
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KDE Dolphin file manager: Configure Places for all users

I'm running a dual boot system with Windows 7 - so have a bunch of NTFS and FAT drives - C:, D: and E: I also have 2 more users for whom I've set up accounts I've managed to add fstab entries so ...
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Too much disk read/write when launching an application

I have Xubuntu 13.04 on an old Dell Inspiron with 1 GB RAM and about 2 GB swap. Each time I launch an application (e.g. Thunar or Evince) it takes a pretty long time to be launched and I see a lot ...
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after installing ubuntu 13.04 CD-ROM not working

I remove my windows 7 and install ubuntu 13.04 amd64 in EFI after many hit and trail. first time i install ubuntu with DVD and it is success full installation but i decide to install in EFI. in second ...
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How do I make a complete image file boot disc

I'm a crusty old fert who's gotten fed up with MS, plus I have security concerns. I'd like to make an image file boot of Ubuntu, a PDF printer (possibly a complete editor?), and if possible, a driver ...
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I cannot make a Installation USB

for some reason I cannot make a installation USB from my system already working, I have tried two different USB's formatted them, but still the "make startup disk" is still faded out!! whiuch I don't ...
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Install ISO boots but then freezes

I've downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 and put it on a usb stick using unetbootin. I successfully booted the USB, Ubuntu starts and I see the classic Ubutnu splash screen. Then the computer freezes. Disk is not ...
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Why is Nautilus writing all the time?

I'm using 12.04 LTS (with kernel 3.6.10 which I installed to get rid of the total freeze bug #993187). I noticed my hard drive is busy all the time. I installed iotop to monitor the disk activity, and ...
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The disk tray won't open when I press the button

I'm trying to open the disk tray in Lubuntu 12.10 and nothing is happening. This can't be a mechanical failure because it works fine in Windows XP, and I'm posting it here because there are no ...