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How to create a new folder on List view on nautilus?

This is a really small problem, although it seems to be like a pretty big design issue. When the folder is full of files, for example, there's no empty space left to right click on, so how do I ...
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File location on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I'd like to know where do the files of a certain installed program go. In windows, for example, you go to the C:\Programe Files\name of the specific program folder. How do ...
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How to sort the files in download folder of Ubuntu by date of download?

how can I sort the files in my download folder in the order of the date of download? My OS is Ubuntu 14.10 & I am using Nautilus - Files 3.10.1
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Text file has appeared on my desktop - Unkown Origin

Today, I noticed a file on my desktop titled "in underwear and a shirt.txt". I have no idea what it is, or how it got there. The contents of the file is similar to the title: "in underwear and a ...
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file transfer from external HDD to computer

When I try to send a file from an external HDD to a volume on my laptop, I get the message "error creating directory". How do I transfer files from my external HDD to a volume on my laptop ?
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Is there a way to add the status bar to files ubuntu 14.04

I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 and the file manager changed it's Files instead of Nautilus, but now there's no status bar where I can view the amount of diskspace. I have a 120 GB SSD so I would very much ...
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Does Ubuntu Server have a Trash?

I'm using the server version of Ubuntu. I was wondering if files still go into the "trash" etc. with this version. I'm been deleting stuff and I just want to make sure the stuff is not being put into ...
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How to Connect iPad to ubuntu 12.04 via Wifi or Cable (without jailbreak)

My laptop's OS is Ubuntu 12.04 and I bought an iPad, I want to transfer files (movies or reading materials) to and from my iPad. I tried some works on the Internet but they didn't work so if anybody ...
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Frame around File window disappeared 14.04 LTS

A relative Ubuntu newbie so hope my description is clear enough. I have two users on my system (one sudo and one "non-priv). Something I did when I was using the non-priv session lost the frame ...
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Can not select or click anything in files, it closes itself

So im VERY new at ubuntu and barely get anything but im a fast learner, so i was hoping to get some help, the problem is i got this PC that had ubuntu 12 something, gnome i think, cant remeber the ...
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Text editor to edit 4.3 GB plain text file

Is there any text editor, which can edit such file? I've tried: gedit kate nano vim mcedit without success.
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Is there a Ubuntu sanity check

Is there a standard procedure to 'unit test' an Ubuntu system against the deb packages? Assume, a system has ubuntu-desktop installed according to the package manager. Can I find out, whether the ...
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Use “locate” under some specific directory?

I was wondering how to restrict the search range of "locate" to some directory? For example, how to find files/directories with string "math" in their names under some directory "/home/tim/science/"? ...
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Hebrew filenames are garbage

When I have on my ubuntu system files or directories that were created originally on Windows with Hebrew names, their names looks like garbage (question marks, weird squares with numbers inside or ...
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Proper file icon is missing

Recently I have installed Quantum Gis (Qgis) on my ubuntu 14.04 64bit desktop, but when I create files of this software (type is .qgs) the icon does not appear. I have tried assogiate but it did not ...
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I'm having trouble opening .dmg files [duplicate]

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS & I'm having trouble opening .dmg files. Any suggestions?
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What is the purpose of `example.desktop` file in my `Home` Directory? [duplicate]

Whenever I press ls I see a non-hidden file examples.desktop and I was wondering what could be it's purpose sitting in the Home folder and why it isn't hidden like other files like .bashrc
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Why ssh shows Desktop folder as a file?

I am using ssh to accessing a server and I could use scp to copy some files to server Desktop by: scp T.tar.gz username@serverIP:/home/username/Desktop but now I cannot access to server Desktop ...
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Need help with tar.gz files [duplicate]

I know how to unpack a tar.gz file but am clueless when it comes to the next procedure as I opened file install and it opened up in gedit as a installation script, now the question is how do I run ...
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append a word to the end of a line in txt file

I have a file that should have "OK" at the end of a certain line the line that should be modified is the first line not ending with "OK" I can grep the file to get the line to be modified using ...
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How to copy only file attributes (metadata) without actual content of the file?

I've already copied terabytes of files with rsync but I forgot to use --archive to preserve files' special attributes. I tried executing rsync again this time with --archive but it was way slower ...
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How to search entire hard drive for a file?

Trying to locate a file, how can I search the entire hard drive for a file?
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How do I combine all lines in a text file into a single line?

I want to get all lines in a text into one line. I'm a beginner at coding trying to learn by doing. I've spent four hours trying to solve this problem. I know there's a simple solution to this ...
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Skype opening as 4.0 after I have installed 4.3

I had skype 4.0 installed for ubuntu 12,but go a cannot connect to server error while trying to login. I looked it up and more people updated it to 4.3 by removing the file via terminal. It said it ...
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Command line file rename with date and time

I want to do a weather cam web page I have the command line to take the photo from the webcam then upload it via FTP but I want to do a backup of the photo with time and date as the file name so ...
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How to create cascading permissions for FTP user - new files and folders

So I've set up a new Ubuntu server with LAMP stack and I have a ftp user for my client so they can upload files/folders to their website. How can I make cascading permissions so they do not have ...
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File and folder comparison tool that compares only filenames?

I found this question already, which has a lot of good answers, but as far as I can tell none of the programs listed compare only the filenames. What program can I use to compare two directories and ...
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Copying a file from a DVD to Hard Disk [duplicate]

How do I copy a file/folder from a DVD to my hard drive using the Terminal?
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How can I compress multiple pairs of files into separate archives by name?

I've got a couple dozen sets of Audacity project folders and .aup project files whose names are very close, i.e. 10-13-14-data and 10-13-14.aup. I'd like to compress all of these files automatically ...
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Where can I find XviD preset files for avconv?

I cannot seem to find any XviD preset files for avconv. I looked into /usr/share/avconv but there is none. I also googled alot but cannot seem to find any. I managed to compile one by looking at the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS - Files not showing up in Nautilus, but can find using “locate” command

My Downloads folder is showing nothing right now( it was working perfectly earlier), and when I try to find a file using locate -i which is in my downloads folder, it shows the path ...
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Rename of Multiple files by command or software [duplicate]

I have many files for that i want to rename them. Current Name: 5b011351286e8a042b23ffff\5b011351286e8a042b23ffff_130225_145634.xml Required Name: 5b011351286e8a042b23ffff_130225_145634.xml I just ...
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unwanted folders are creaated in home directory

In my home directory some folder and file are created automatically and when I delete manually than after some time they again form . Ex. 1) yt_file_1 ,yt_file_2 , yt_file_3 and so on till 20 2) ...
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chmod directories and files in one command?

I have a directory "project" that contains a set of subdirectories and files. I want to give 777 permission to the directories and files from my 666 in the same directory with chmod command in my ...
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/etc/../run and /run have different i-node. How can I safely resolve this issue?

My system shows different inode for /etc/../run and /run. $ ls -iald /etc/../run 393217 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 sep 6 19:18 /etc/../run $ ls -iald /run 9221 drwxr-xr-x 31 root root 1060 sep 25 ...
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How can i open SDM.pkg and .sdx files on Ubuntu?

I would like to download Windows 8 disk images, but the files I have for the download are SDM.pkg and 100189659562.sdx. How can I open these files on my computer running Ubuntu?
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How do I find a recent file by date created?

If I want to find a file by name, I do the following: find -name app If I want to find a file by type, I do the following: find -name app -type d However, because app is such a generic name, ...
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Why does Nautilus show a file and its hard link as bigger than just the file?

When I create a hard link to a 2 KB file (called fun), Nautilus shows this hard link (called fun-hard) as a file with the same size. These two files are pointing to same inode so their combined ...
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Lose files in My Dual boot system?

I have installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 both 32bit as dual boot. The problem I'm facing now is that I loose the data which store while I'm in Ubuntu. The data that I stored while I'm in Windows ...
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remove files on NTFS with \n in the filename

I was moving files using Windows (had to at that time) from one NTFS partition to another but the computer switched off. Some files have been transferred, but some remain. I'm not able to delete them ...
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Lost documents, missing home directory

I need my files for school. I seemed to have lost my home directory. Is it hidden? or did it get dumped? How do I get my document files back from my hard drive My OS only boots up into the log in ...
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How to access and copy files from an old/other Ubuntu system's partition?

I'm getting permission denied when I try to access my old 10.04 partition. I'm trying to get into the home folder so that I can back up the data before I do a fresh install of 12.04. I know the ...
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How can I recover data deleted during installation of Ubuntu? [duplicate]

i got a big trouble this is my first day with ubuntu. while installing ubuntu the participation of the hard disk was deleted and it contains a big project ( i worked on that project about 5 months ...
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Unable to mount location, Can't mount file

I'm a new user to Ubuntu and I have a problem: I had Windows XP in my computer and I had two partitions: C (for system data) and D(for my personal stuff), then, during the Ubuntu installation I chose ...
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How to make faster first search at Unity-Dash? Way slower than second one

After a reboot, first searching at Unity Dash will be slower (15 sec) than the second search (seems instant), on my system at least. I guess this is because file index is cleared after a reboot and ...
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How to hide Album Art images in a music folder

I have Ubuntu installed along side Windows 7. All my music files are on a separate partition shared by both OS. If I open up my music folder it shows the Album Art images along with the music files. ...
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Unsatisfied while opening home folder for the first two time

Question may be little logistic Open home folder for the first time clicking files in the taskbar. Go to some drive you have partitioned and open a file from there.Make sure you are not in the ...
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How to write the path of a folder with space in it's name? [duplicate]

I can't figure out how to write the path of a folder that includes spaces in its name (in Terminal). I tried: cd /path/path/path/"A Folder"/file cd /path/path/path/'A Folder/file cd ...
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File Symbolic link broken as shown in Desktop icon

I have a text file (ubuntu.txt) stored in a NTFS partition - /media/des/WD # ls -l lrwxrwxrwx 1 des des 33 Sep 26 06:51 Link to ubuntu.txt -> /media/des/WD/Linux OS/ubuntu.txt`` I created a ...
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Is there a terminal solution for recent visited files?

This post where are the files and dirs "recently used" stored? shows that some file stores the recently visited files by GTK3 applications. Is there a solution for recently visited files ...