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I am not able to delete a corrupt NTFS partition on my pen drive. How can I force its deletion?

I formatted my 16GB pen drive with the NTFS file system in windows vista. After that I started copying some files. However, only a few files were copied to the pen drive before the copy operation ...
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Native Flac .cue splitter

I have some .Flac albums I ripped as one big file to save some space (Lossless CD rips are roughly 500mb each), now I have more storage I would like to split them back to there original files. Is ...
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How to convert an .xcf file/image to JPEG or PNG?

I use the GIMP photo editor which automatically saves the converted files in .xcf format, but they cannot be reopened with any other app. How can I convert or save my images as JPEG or PNG?
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Splitting an MP4 file

What is the fastest and least resource consuming method for splitting an MP4 file? I tried ffmpeg but got an error: $ ffmpeg -vcodec copy -ss 0 -t 00:10:00 -i ...
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File types in Nautilus - how to distinguish between different file types? [closed]

Under file Type column in Nautilus, I get file categories like Image, Document, etc. I need to sort files according to file format. Is there a way make a distinction, based on file formats?
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Group files in some folders

I have some files with different extensions such as *.pdf, *.mp3, *.jpg and a few others. All of them are stored in a parent directory. How can I get a list of all extensions, create some folders ...
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How to list text files without a .txt file extension?

For example, how can I replicate: ls *.txt when my text files are missing the .txt ending, and as far as extensions go appear the same as many other types of file? Alternatively, is it possible to ...
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When creating a new text file, should I add a .txt extension to its name?

When I create a new document aimed at containing only plain text, I am not obliged by Ubuntu to add a .txt extension to its name. It works indeed very well: gedit opens it without problem, ...
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How to open and view a .gsp file?

On Ubuntu, how can one open and view .gsp files, which are made using the Geometers' Sketchpad on Windows? Is it even possible? (I have tried KSEG, which is considered to be an alternative to ...
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How would you change a format from .rar to .xiz?

I found a huge bank of instruments for the grand piano that I would like to put into zynaddsubfx, but it is in an .rar format. I am sure there is a way, but I do not know how to compress it to an .xiz ...
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Shotwell Viewer can't open files without file ending

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 virtual machine. When I try to open an image without file extension (e.g .png) using Shotwell Viewer, it shows the error: "Shotwell does not support the file format of ...
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I cannot download torrents any more! Files I download from torrent sites have the extension .exe

I recently tried to download a few torrents from various sites and found that the file extension of all the files I try to download is .exe, which neither transmission nor vuze nor I know what to do ...
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Writes occurring to fresh ext4 partition every second endlessly. Cause and solution?

I've an external 500GB HDD connected to my Laptop which runs Ubuntu 12.04. I've formatted the external drive with one ext4 partition which spans the entire disk. My problem is that the disk makes ...
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How do I play m3u8 files?

I would really like to play m3u8 files (more specifically, http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/NTV-Public-IPS.m3u8) but when I try to run it on VLC player, it goes on to multiple .ts files with a ...
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Installing .tar.bz2 format games [duplicate]

I have downloaded a game called redeclipse from their own website. It's an open source project and hopefully supports Linux too, so I have downloaded it but it came in a .tar.bz2 format. I extracted ...
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Why do we have .desktop files?

I wonder why do we have .desktop files, I downloaded a trivial .jpg picture from internet (yes, I'm a newbie, currently learning command line), and saw that when I list the file, I saw .desktop ...
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How do I view an Outlook .msg file?

I need to view a .msg file. It is an email from Microsoft Outlook. How can I do this in Ubuntu?
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How to view and/or edit a .mdb Jet MS Access database file?

I have a .mdb database file which originated from a MS Access Jet database. Is the some way to view this database, and even better, a way to edit and export it?
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File format problem, libreoffice writer is odt format, but i need .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf and .txt files format

i need writer formats .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf and .txt files only. But in ubuntu 14.04 there is Libreoffice writer that comes with ODT format. So, I am not able to upload my resume in ODT format on ...
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Sort icons by type in nautilus doesn't order as expected

I use to sort icons by type all the time, and in nautilus I'm getting an strange result. For example, I sorted the following files: a.cpp b.cpp a.c x.html n.hpp m.txt x.glade and I expect a result ...
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How to delete all the files with a certain extension from a folder and all of its subfolders?

I want to remove all the .jpg files from my Music folder in order to save room. My Music folder contains subfolders, and I would like to know if there is a command to remove all the .jpg files from ...
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How to play VOB files that were inside a DVD disc?

I just downloaded a DVD which is for a movie. After uncompressing the DVD file I see .VOB, .IFO and .BUP files. If I open the first .VOB file it shows me the DVD menu but I can't interact with it. So, ...
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Format Factory equivalent in 14.04

I use Format Factory in Windows to convert media files in different format. Is there any good tool that can convert mp4 to mp3 in Ubuntu 14.04 ?
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How to set gedit language to specific files

How to set gedit to open file as CSS language for .SCSS file extension?
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How can I play a rmvb file in ubuntu trusty?

I have an video file in rmvb format, but vlc player and totem crashes when I try to play it. Is there any way to install realplayer on ubuntu, and if not, how is it possible to play this video on ...
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Which program to use for viewing mulitplex jpg and mp4 360x360 photosphere files?

TL;DR - Which program to use for viewing mulitplex jpg and mp4 360x360 photosphere files? Bublcam provides http://www.bublcam.com/products/bublcam Photosphere Videos and Photos in Multiplex format as ...
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How to check the default handler for a specific file type in Terminal?

I often come across file types which I am not sure of, but yet need to open, but as I don't know what the default file handler on my system is for that specific file type (and sometimes the file ...
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Something with .txt File? [duplicate]

I have stored a text as .txt while saving it in Gedit in Ubuntu 14.04. But after viewing that folder, which i have stored will have two files with that name but with 'Tilde Symbol' '~' for an ...
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Package needed to open .grd files

Which package need to be installed to open a .grd file in Ubuntu? Because I'm not yet finding the proper installation package.
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Cannot open zip created with shell script [duplicate]

I try to make a backup script, but when i create a zip with the script, and use cd myzip it sais that it dosnt exitst even when i can see it on the server with FileZilla. This is my script: ...
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How can I open a .dmg file?

I've got a .dmg file, and I can't figure out how to open it. How can I open it?
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Make/Remove USB Storage Devices as Read Only

I just gave my 32GB flash stick to record the VDO for me. After that, I can only see the stuff in it. No delete or cut. It is set as "Read Only", and basically useless... Apparently this my /dev/sdb1 ...
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How to convert multiple ISO8859-1 to UTF-8

Am trying to convert several SQL files from ISO8859-1 to UTF-8 Am doing the following command: iconv -f ISO_8859-1 -t UTF-8 *.sql What i get is an output of their content to the terminal which is ...
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Files starting with a comment have the wrong mime type

In Ubuntu 14.04 I have a directory with a set of LESS files, all with the .less extension. All but three of the files show a mime type of plain text document (text/plain) under Properties > Basic. The ...
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Force file extension to open with specific app (Extensions like .exe, .jpg, .mp4…)

I have already read the question about Creating .desktop files to use on the "Open with other application" tab but this is not what I want, I want to be able to click on the file in Dash or ...
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Correct file extensions

I have about 12000 images of different file types but every one of them was renamed *.jpg. Now I want to give them their proper extensions back, how can I do it
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Is it possible to view WebP images in nautilus / photo program?

I've converted some images from jpeg to google's WebP image format, which reduces my images' size by about 90%! The big problem is that WebP images can only be viewed with a web browser, not with ...
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How do you convert many files from .xlsx to .xls?

What is a way to convert a batch of .xlsx files to .xls format? I would prefer it to be a command-line solution, but anything is better than opening each manually, and manually saving in the new ...
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Why is it possible to convert a file just by renaming its extension?

When you rename files into a different, most of the times it does not work. But, suppose you have a .png file, you can just rename "image.png" to "image.jpeg" or "image.gif", it automatically gets ...
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How to open .xmi files

Is there any app that can open .xmi files in Ubuntu? File created in the XMI (XML Metadata Interchange) format, an XML file format most commonly used for exchanging UML diagrams; stores model design ...
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Mounting Disk Image in Raw format

While trying to mount a disk image in Raw(dd) format using the following command mount nps-2010-emails.dd /media/manu/ I get the following error message mount: you must specify the filesystem ...
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How to extract files from a split 7zip archive?

I downloaded a series of packages that all compress one thing. The files end in .0, .1, .2, etc. The User Lists of these packages I downloaded say to use the file.bat to successfully extract, or to ...
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Old file How to read DL and GL video file in ubuntu?

I've get some old dos file GL and Dl file how to read them on ubuntu please ?
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Ubuntu doesn't recognize m4a files

I downloaded a few audio files in m4a format from youtube using flashgot plugin in firefox. The files are showing up as unknown, they don't open on double click. I have to manually right click and ...
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Open or convert .cdr files?

I have a scanned image, and it's in Corel Draw (.cdr) format (~6mb). Is there a way to open it, or convert it to something that I can manage? I tried http://filespazz.com/ a few times, but it didn't ...
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Older DVD Formats Not Functioning

I have found that some of my older DVD's are not either loading or being mounted. To be more specific, usually when I insert a DVD it makes some noises and then it shows up as a mounted device in ...
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What are '.save' files?

I have been writing several bash scripts, and I have found that while writing them that extra copies of the files have been created which seem to be identical in contents to the normal files, except ...
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Getting rid of the p7m file extension

The internet has not been helpful this time. I have a zip archive that also has a p7m extension. How can I lose that extension so that I can view the files? Any help is appreciated. Than you!
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Windows 7 can't view files after interacting with them on Ubuntu

I successfully installed Ubuntu 14.04 in a second ext4 partition alongside my Windows 7 partition. The dual-boot works fine, and my Windows 7 behaves perfectly normal. In my Ubuntu, I've been using ...
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Can the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool read Linux partitions?

I have a PC that I can dual boot between Windows 7 and Ubuntu. If I use the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool to scan the PC for viruses (by booting from the Norton CD), will then Norton also scan the ...