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retrieving contents of multiple subfolders, and move them into single folder

I have downloaded over 7000 ebooks from Project Gutenburg, but I have an issue. Each book has been placed in its own zip file, and each zip file has been given its own folder. My problem is that I do ...
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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 ...
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problem whle installing ubuntu

I am trying to install ubuntu from the hard drive.When the home screen appears after restarting the computer a message says that "No root file system is defined"(as superuser).I partitioned my hardisk ...
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more install problems

alright so got through the entire process of installing Ubuntu I thought. I even got on it and was working on it all day yesterday. today I restarted my computer to make sure I could still get on. and ...
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Script to write at the beginning of every line of a text file the name of the file

I would like to write a shell script that allows me to open a text file with a particular name and write the name of the file at the beginning of every line. So, if my file is called "test" and it has ...
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10 million files in one folder

I've just added a predictive search (see example below) feature to my site that runs on a Ubuntu Server. This runs direct from a database. I want to cache the result for each search and use that if it ...
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How to rename a movie file by using its internal name attribute?

I had to recover a bunch of movie files from my external HDD due to filesystem corruption and used photorec to do so. Now all my files have random names like f00000.avi. We are talking about 1000+ ...
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Extract images from several doc files

I have a folder with several doc files which contain a few images each of them. I want to extract those images from the docs: unzip foo.docx "word/media/*" The above command can extract the images ...
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open a folder with several files in python [closed]

How can I open a folder with several files in it? I tested this codes but it returns an strange answer. import os for ZebRa in os.listdir(os.getcwd()): num_words = 0 for line in ZebRa: ...
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How to get source list with Ubuntu and Debian packages?

I am using bugtraq OS and I want to add a new source list in my source file at /etc/apt/sources.list, so I need to get a sources.list file for Debian and Ubuntu in one file.
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At least one output file must be specified ffmpeg

ffmpeg -i oceans.mov -an -c:v libx264 -r 24 -preset fast \ -profile:v baseline -g 64 -keyint_min 64 -b:v:0 230k -maxrate 250k -s:v:0 304x128 \ -x264opts pic-struct:no-scenecut -movflags ...
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If I run an application, ~/.application is created. Is it safe to delete?

How do I stop it for creating such folders... eg..if I open the application say - Stellarium, then in the home - a folder ".Stellarium" gets created This was not being created before...What can do to ...
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How to delete files selected by rules?

I have a large list of .mp4 files in one directory on a NAS(Network Attached Storage). Some are listed as follows : XXXXX_3800.mp4 and other like XXXXX_8000.mp4 XXXXX is the same for both ...
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How can I recursively delete all files of a specific extension in the current directory?

How do I safely delete all files with a specific extension (e.g. .bak) from current directory and all subfolders using one command-line? Simply, I'm afraid to use rm since I used it wrong once and now ...
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How to delete Nautilus - Files completely in Ubuntu 14.04LTS

I have tried: sudo apt-get remove nautilus sudo apt-get remove --purge nautilus In the Ubuntu Software Center, it seems nautilus is uninstalled: On the other hand, I have also done the ...
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Find cluster size

I am running Ubuntu 11.04 and I am wondering how to find the size of the size of the allocation unit ? Is there a command in Ubuntu to find this? Also depending on the size of the allocation unit does ...
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How to Edit the File Chooser

Is there a way to increase the icon size in the file-chooser dialogue? As you can see from the screen shot below, under the green dot, my icons are very tiny and I would like to increase their size a ...
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Can “Recently Used” (recently-used.xbel of GTK+ / Nautilus) be accessed via KDE?

This question claims that recently-used.xbel of GTK+ is incompatible with KDE. Can it be made compatible? That is, is there a tool/way out there which will make recently-used.xbel readable/usable with ...
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14.04 - Plex doesn't recognize TV Show files

I'm using 14.04 and have installed Plex. Plex recognizes all my Movie files, but is only "seeing" a few of my TV Show files. I have followed the Plex file naming convention. I have refreshed and ...
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How can I input to a file directly from the terminal

Other than bringing up a text editor, is there a way I can input text in a linux terminal directly to a file? (then enter a control code such as ctrl-c, to end the input) I'm pretty sure there's a ...
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Transfer File From Windows to Ubuntu with filezilla

So I have this question and need solutions. At my Office I have windows 8.1 PC and I have great Internet Speed. So I have downloaded lots of HD movie and Games They Size Like 17 GB or 34 GB. Now At ...
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How to recover Deleted Files and Folders?

How I can restore files and folders. I've deleted my home folder recursively. :(
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Ways of resolve case conflict when moving files to a Dropbox folder

As documented here, Dropbox appends (Case Conflict) to a file moved in ubuntu to a dropbox folder already containing a file of the same name (ignoring case). I would like to set up alternative ways ...
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how to view on ubuntu: comments and tag metadata of video files created on windows [duplicate]

I am trying to switch over to Linux (after taking the EdX course) and move my workflow gradually from Win to Linux. One of the things I haven't been able to accomplish yet is to move and view (with ...
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Total of particular files size in a directory

How do we calculate the total size of some mentioned files in a directory. Explained : I have a total of 5000 files in a directory. i need to find out only total size of some 1000 files. Actually ...
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Files on an HFS+ backup drive show up as empty text files

I have a external backup drive for my old Macbook, and have recently built a new computer and installed Ubuntu 14.04. There are files on this external drive that I need, from when "Time Machine" ...
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How to `touch` files recursivelly?

I need to change the timestamp of about 5000 files. Typing touch file1.txt, touch file2.txt will take me forever. Is there a way to do something in the lines of touch -R *?
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compare the differences between the contents of two different files

I have two excel sheets both having lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of records. I want to compare if the records present in file1 is also present in file2 or not. Also I want to check what all are the ...
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The best way of learning linux directories and files [duplicate]

As a Linux user, I'd ask how to learn the Linux's directories and files, since everything in Linux is a file descriptor. I've worked with some distribution of Linux so I think I did understand ...
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how do you make links to apps [duplicate]

I would like a short-cut to an application on a device.
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Directory shared between users [duplicate]

Let's say I have 3 users on my server: /home/bob /home/joe /home/fred I want to create a folder at /share in which bob and joe can both add and delete files. I want all of files added to that ...
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Why does Ubuntu need a Text Document with all Engilsh words?

I just installed Ubuntu a couple days ago, as I was browsing through Ubuntu's files I found an interesting document containing seemingly all the words in the English dictionary. I know I did not put ...
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“Command not found” after running a file compiled on the same directory [duplicate]

I don't know what is going on... d@d-SVF15A17CDB:~/University/CSC209/a1$ gcc -o remvocals remvocals.c d@d-SVF15A17CDB:~/University/CSC209/a1$ dir remvocals remvocals.c ...
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Did not use SHIFT-DELETE nor rm but files on Desktop are deleted

I have not used shift-delete nor rm but files on Desktop are deleted in ubuntu 14.04 LTS. My ~/.bash_history file also has no log of using rm command. However I have used sudo modprobe hfsplus. Is ...
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Extremely low HDD read/write speed

I have built myself a small Ubuntu home server to store all my files, but one of my HDD has extremely low write speed (between 1 and 3 MB/s) and it's killing me because it's a 4TB drive and I have ...
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Can't create files on desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

I accidentally created a desktop shortcut in my home directory. To remove it, I did sudo rm -rf Desktop Now I can't create files and folders on my desktop.
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Best way to encrypt file on Ubuntu but readable on a Windows machine? [duplicate]

What would be the best way to encrypt a file in Ubuntu 12.04 but in a way that could be read by a Windows 8 user? Would creating a Truecrypt volume work if I just sent the truecrypt file over? Any ...
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Is there a tool to encrypt a file or directory?

What's the most popular way to encrypt individual files or folders?
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How can I easily encrypt a file?

Is there any simple (IE: right click in Nautilus) way to password protect a particular folder/file in Ubuntu? I've got a few files containing sensitive info and I'd much prefer that if/when I leave my ...
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How to encrypt files using a cross-platform solution?

What programs can be used to encrypt files that could subsequently be decrypted on any OS? For instance, it should then be possible to easily decrypt the encrypted files under Linux, Windows, OS X, ...
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How do you delete a file in ubuntu? [closed]

I need to delete a file how do i do it?
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Hidden files won't stay hidden in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Whenever I open my files, my hidden files show up. I can hide them but when I open up my files again, they're showing again. How do I make the hidden files invisible permanently?
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Ubuntu 14.04, video searching settings

When I do the computer search, there are seven options: The house looking thing, that "searches your computer and online resources". Subcategories in this include 'Applications' and 'Files and ...
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How to find a text file which contains a specific word inside (not in its name)

I want to find a text file in my hard disk which contains a specific word. I want to use a graphic application. I'm on 12.4 "Precise Pangolin". Prior to Ubuntu 12.4 I used to start in the dash an ...
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Limiting curlftpfs/sshfs overhead in Nautilus, or any other file manager

I've automounted four FTP directories with curlftpfs and two SFTP directories with sshfs in my /etc/fstab on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04. When I open the /mnt folder in which all directories are mounted, ...
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Can file transfer speed be increased with an application when copy-pasting large amounts of data?

Are there transfer speed differences when a copy-paste action is done with different file managers? Transfer speed seem to vary within a single operation, but can a file manager or other application ...
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File transfer (copy/paste) speed variations - why?

What could be the causes of variations in the speed of file transfer (copy&paste) of large data (multiple video files) from my computer to an external device? I notice huge differences in speed, ...
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what is the default location for backup files of another server

I have an Ubuntu Server and one of its "tasks" is to mirror/backup files located on another server in a different location using rsync/rdiff-backup. I know there are some conventions like web pages ...
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Renaming file from UI

I can not rename files from the UI on my Ubuntu installation (14.10), it does, however, work from the terminal with the mv command. What happens is: when I right click on the file, then choose ...
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What tools are available for determining a files type other than the file command?

I am trying to figure out how Football Manager reads its save games. The files have .fmc extension and if I run the file command it just returns data. I suspect the save game file is a database of ...