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Abnormal display of file names, panels and toolbars on ubuntu 14.04 [on hold]

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 only 1 month ago on a new lenovo t450s and it worked really well until yesterday. Since then, there is an issue with the display of menus and file names, their names ...
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Change wrong time when files are edited

Both, the time in the Unity desktop as well as the system time which I checked as described in How to display current time & date setting? are correct. However, when files are written they get a ...
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Commands or script to clean out media folder of unwanted filetypes

I have a media download folder with all sorts of irrelevant files e.g. readme, txt and torrent files in addition to the mp4, avi, mp3 and other valid media files. I want a script or a set of ...
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vmlinuz and initrd strange files appeared in “/” directory

I have recently noticed that four new files have appeared in my / directory: lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 33 Apr 9 14:07 initrd.img -> boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-34-generic lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root ...
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Find the properties of an mp3 file via command line

Is it possible, via command line (shell command), to check for properties of a file (like when I right click on a file via Nautilus). Specifically, given an mp3 audio file, I would like to know how I ...
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while removing skype to install skype on ubuntu 14.04 I have all my files deleted

Please help me... I never use rm command but stupidly I did use this one below and as a result have all my files deleted including chrome bookmarks and settings.I lost a huge amount of my scientific ...
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Recovering Files from 2nd HDD on a Ubuntu Server

Been Long time, Ok So I have a Ubuntu 12 Server with 2 HDD's 1st HDD is Holding the OS and the 2nd HDD is Holding the Data. The users suddenly complained that there are no documents in the Share ...
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purpose of bamf-2.index [duplicate]

What is the purpose of /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index ? I have noticed the applications it contains are installed in my computer. But I don't think it contains the complete list. Because the ...
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file changes not being saved

I'm new to Linux so please be gentle :-) I'm trying to update a .dtl file that contains html for the helpdesk application otrs that I'm running. I made a copy of the .dtl file and moved it over to ...
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Is O_NOATIME safe to ignore?

I am designing a filesystem to be implemented in FUSE. I have a question regarding what is allowed and best practice. There are 2 scenarios: User process calls open(..., O_NOATIME). Filesystem ...
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Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, Bluetooth file shareing

How is it possible to send an file for example in image to another phone with Bluetooth. I managed to pair my phone with another phone through Bluetooth but I was not able to send an image file in ...
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6 gig file won't fit on 8 gig flash drive

I have a 6.4 GB file. I have a 8 GB flash drive. Why won't the file fit on the flash drive? More importantly, how do I get the file onto the drive?
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Files from windows

I recently installed ubuntu and when I opened the pictures, videos, download, etc. files they didn't have any of the files I had from when I used windows, why is that?
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Number of files shown via Properties and when copying are different?

I have looked at "Properties" of a folder to see the number of files and the folder's size. When I decided to copy the folder to my Desktop, number of files and the folder's size shown on the progress ...
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Managing space between smaller system drive and a larger extension drive

I have two drives, one with 150 GB and another with 1 TB. I need to use the 1 TB drive more, since I am running into space issues. By default, all installations (when I do apt-get) in my Ubuntu 14.04 ...
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How to store last email in a file?

I wanto to set my bash detecting incoming e-mails and maybe execute commands in the emails, detecting programmed regular expresions, what commands does let me to do this? I'd like to have a solution ...
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Does the /dev/null file actually have a fixed size?

I have just found out that /dev/null is a file and not a directory. I'm just wondering if it has an actual file size.
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Internal Differences Between File deleted from GUI and CLI

I am using inotify system call for watching one of my file for all the events (delete,modify etc). But When I deleted file from GUI, no notification was fired. Whereas when I deleted file from CLI ...
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API for file selection on Ubuntu Touch

Some apps (like background selection in Settings) use a call to open media (image / audio). I would like to create an app that lets you select an audio file and does something with it (QML / C++) I ...
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Show Copy dialog by default

In Unity, when i move files, I see this: icon that tells me there is a transfer going on. I would rather see the window with multiple progress bars that tells me what the disk write speed is, and ...
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How to set default program to open specific file type

I wish to set the default program to open .jpg files and other image files to GIMP. To do this as said in one of the answers here, I went into this section (Right-click > Properties > Open ...
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Different view style per folder in gnome files (nautilus)

Is there a way to set different view styles per folder in nautilus? For example: I want my Home folder view as list, but for the Pictures folder the big icon view is better.
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I need help with this file, i edited it wrong, what do i replace with?

What comes after the second CHROMIUM_FLAGS= in gedit? I did the wrong thing when trying to install pepper flash. i went by confusing instructions and now i want to just return this file to normal, i ...
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How to get rights for audio files on ubuntu phone?

I am trying to copy audio files from Aquaris Ubuntu phone to my PC (Ubuntu 14.04), but it says I do not have the rights to do so. Other files like photos and films are no problem, only the music ...
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How to create multiple files with the Terminal?

I've been learning to program with a really cool introductory book to C and I write off every example and task so I can learn the syntax by heart. I did every file manually until now, but the ...
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Views preferences in Files

I am new to ubuntu and I don't know how to get to the files permissions. It seems pretty straightforward in https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/nautilus-views.html but I just have no idea how ...
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recovering files from windows backup

I am attempting to transfer files from my old Windows 7 computer to a new Computer that is running ubuntu 14.04. I have been backing up my files on my Windows box to an second sata HD. What I would ...
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Check for redundancy before downloading any file

Is there a way you can check whether you have already downloaded a file previously or not before actually downloading it. I know - wget can do that, only if the filename of the file trying to be ...
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how can i compare data in 2 files to identify common and unique data? [duplicate]

How can I compare data in 2 files to identify common and unique data ? I can't do it line by line because I have file 1 which contains say 100 id/codes/number-set and I want to compare a file 2 to ...
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Windows 7 deleted itself when installing Linux; How can I recover lost documents?

I tried to install Ubuntu 14 using a USB drive to my laptop. Somehow Windows 7 deleted itself. I was able to find the Windows 7 bootloader, but when I run that from the boot option screen nothing ...
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deleting files on 14.04

I can not delete files on external drives, Only removes file headers but drive still shows files on other computer and is still full. On previous editions, eg. 12.04, had option to re-format drives, ...
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How to transfer file from Ubuntu 14.04 to Moto E running Android 4.4.4?

When i am trying to copy file from ubuntu 14.04 to Moto E running Android 4.4.4 I am getting error like Error while copying to "store_00020001". but there is plenty of space in Moto E.
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Unnoticingly I deleted a directory. Is there a way to recover it?

I found something over the internet here https://www.howtoforge.com/data_recovery_from_accidently_deleted_files_or_crashed_drives_in_ubuntu ...
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append .mp3 at end of every file in a folder [duplicate]

I have a folder with multiple files in it, and I want to append .mp3 extension at end of each file. is there any way to rename all these files with one command.?
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Convert NTFS TO FAT file system

How I change NTFS file system to FAT or MS-DOS file system without losing my data using Linux Commands?
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Split multiple files at same time to custom pieces

I need to split multiple files of one exension recursively (does the subdirectories at same time), the first piece of each file should be 3mb and the rest of the file is in the second part. Both ...
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Is there a way to get all file browsing dialogues to use a single click to open files and folders?

I am using Ubuntu 14.10 with Unity. I have set Nautilus to open files using single click. However, when navigating the 'Open' / 'Select a file' dialogues in any other application (e.g. libreoffice), I ...
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truncate all files recursively

can anybody give me a solution to enlarge all files of same extension by 264 bytes on entire hard disk? truncate -s +264 /*encrypted would enlarge all *.encrypted files by 264 bytes but only in one ...
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Where do deleted files go in Ubuntu?

I have a very simple question. Where do files go when you delete them? I know when I send files to "Trash", they go to "trash", but when I delete them, I do not know where they go.
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cannot exec 'anything' : no such file or directory screen

I’m running some call of duty game servers with screen. I have a start.sh: #!/bin/bash user=cabe game=cod verision=cod1.5 server=xxx.xx.xxx:28970 mod= ip=xxx.xx.xxx port=28970 punkbuster=1 ...
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How to search ASCII text with Ubuntu Terminal

I have a file in which when I use the file myFile I get returned myFile: ASCII text, with very long lines I then proceeded to open it up as a .txt file and it opens up in notepad as a lot of ip ...
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How to know the block numbers that are read from a file?

I am looking at the linux kernel source and trying to find out in which part of the code I can track the block numbers/IDs that are currently being read by a user. In sum, if a user is reading a file, ...
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Open a file at a certain position and read one byte in bash

Since two persons already voted to close this post, I'll try to make the question as clear as possible. A file on a physical device is represented as a binary sequence. That being said, what I need to ...
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Print a list of “full” relative paths of all the files present in a directory and in its sub-directories

I need to print a list of "full" relative paths of all the files present in a directory and in its sub-directories. I used to do this with du and grep: du -a <path_to_directory> | grep -Po ...
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Input/output error on /etc/shadow

the file /etc/shadow seems to be corrupted as every time I try to remove it throws an input/output error. Now this is a problem because it contains my passwords and I get login without it. Anyone now ...
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how to delete locked folders/files

How to delete locked folders/files? When I try to delete them an error occurs: "Error removing file: Permission denied" I am root. See the image below to know what kind of folders/files. thanks
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How to delete temp files created by Archive Manager?

I used Archive Manager to extract files from an archive, but there wasn't enough free disk space. After the process crashed my disk remained full and I am unable to locate and delete what is filling ...
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I want to use my secondary HDD for everything [closed]

In windows, you can change some settings so that only the operating system is on the sdd, and all installed programs and user documents are installed/stored on a secondary HDD. How would I do this so ...
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How to use zenity file selection

I am new to zenity and I am trying to make a simple script for loading a file using zenity --file-selection and the wc command to get the word count of that file. I have successfully made a form which ...
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File transfer from and to BQ Ubuntu phone

My ubuntu (14.04 LTS) laptop does not automatically pick up my BQ ubuntu phone when connecting with a USB cable. Is it possible to transfer files between laptop and phone by cable and how is it done? ...