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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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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? ...
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Ubuntu is not using swap space from swap file

Instead of using a swap partition, I've always used a swap file (Debian, OpenSUSE, Slackware, Ubuntu) and I've never had problems. But I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, I created a swap file as ...
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Multiple files in program tar.gz installation package. What should I compile?

I downloaded a tar.gz file, extracted it and there are 3 files: Makefile, program.c and protocol.h I've opened them in gedit and Makefile contains only one line program : program.c protocol.h In ...
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Ubuntu File and folder permissions

sudo chmod -R 777 /opt/lampp/htdocs output is chmod: changing permissions of .... Operation not permitted I want to give every permission to htdocs and all its sub-folders and to every file on ...
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file permssion want to know [duplicate]

I want to know the file permission code I have run the command and get this code, How can i know which file has which permission ls -l -rw-r--r-- 1 www-data www-data 4253 Mar 16 10:17 ...
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How to delete files listed in a text file

I have a text file that has a list of paths to various files. Is there a command I can use that will iterate thorough each line and delete the file at the stated path?
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Incorrect 'date modified' in Ubuntu 14.04

When copying files of the same name between folders (and overwriting), or even renaming a single file, it seems the 'date modified' doesn't change, which is supremely annoying as you can imagine. Is ...
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Is there a way to log rejected file access attempts in the Linux file system?

It often happens when you install a new program or when you just configure something, that you hit issues with the file system permissions because you don't have the folder/file permissions set ...
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How to run executable (application/x-executable)

I downloaded the linux version of this game and go a zip inside the zip is a application/x-executable file which I can't run. ./filename does nothing as well as sh filename. EDIT: I meant this game. ...
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Jpg images turn black on using cp command line

I have used the following command to copy folder containing JPEG and PNG images: sudo cp -r ~/Downloads/wallpap/ /usr/share/backgrounds/ However the JPEG images turn black while the PNG images are ...
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Download page won't offer me the iso file for mac

The download page won't offer me the iso file for mac option, so when I try to install ubuntu, my mac doesn't recognise the file.
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Why can't I run an executable text file in terminal? [duplicate]

In the past when I would go into the properties and set the .sh file to be executable program or whatever, when I returned to the file and double clicked it it would provide several options such as ...
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How would you define a function or script within your path that takes arguments to name the file?

I am learning about the alias command in an online class. I am also interested in ffmpeg. I figured what if I typed an alias, then I wouldn't have to do all of that typing and remember the commands. ...
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I have absolutely no access to any of my files

I had to reinstall Ubuntu due to an issue with the menus and after installing it and updating everything I have absolutely no access to anything even though I am the administrator account.
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Is it possible to send and receive a file from ubuntu to windows without apps like samba etc?

Most of the suggestions and queries are showing samba and other application installations. It needs to be done programatically without any third-party client or servers.
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Basic file presentation mode missing from Ubuntu. (only the names of the files)

In windows I could see the one line names of multiple folders without icons on different columns on the screen. In ubuntu we have only two choices, a one line version that takes the whole line, or as ...
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What is the IO Block property in stat command in ubuntu?

srimanth@srimanth-Inspiron-N5110:~$ stat /home/srimanth/Videos/Better\ Call\ Saul/Better.Call.Saul.S01E02.720p.HDTV.X264-DIMENSION.mkv File: ‘/home/srimanth/Videos/Better Call ...
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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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How to Compress (More then one at a time) PDF files from terminal

I work with lots of rather large imaged documents ranging from a few bites to multiple gigs of data per file. I need these documents to take up less storage space and especially to be more ...
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Is it possible to prevent a file from being deleted unless in safe mode?

Is it possible to make a file only deletable when in safe mode on linux? Specifically I am using ubuntu 14.04 and I need to prevent a file from being deleted. If this solution is not possible is ...
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Files take up more space on new RAID array

I just upgraded and reinstalled my home server. One thing I did was going from software raid to a raid card. After doing this and starting to copy back my backups, I've noticed that my first ~1TB ...