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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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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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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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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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How to split larger files into smaller parts?

I have a large file (8GB for Example). How can I split it into multiple parts, let's say 3 equal parts, and after that how do I integrate them later?
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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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14.04 Files slow and freezing

I'm running a fully updated 14.04 system and I keep getting long delays when performing certain tasks with the "Files" application. Sometimes deleting files will take upwards of a couple minutes to ...
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How to customize (add/remove folders/directories) the “Places” menu of Ubuntu 13.04 “Files” application?

I can't seem to find a way to customize (add/remove folders/directories) the "Places" menu in the most recent "Files" application of Ubuntu 13.04. The procedures used with "Nautilus" in the previous ...
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CRON is changing encoding?

I have a legacy Java program that outputs an SQL script. I then use Apache Derby to run that SQL on the target database (which is not on the same server as CRON). When run via putty, this works fine. ...
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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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Reinstalling Ubuntu without formatting partition - what folders are deleted?

When re-installing Ubuntu on a partition where an existing Ubuntu installation already exists, and not choosing to format the partition, the installer shows a warning message before it begins ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to not change owner and group when editing file in Sublime Text?

I have file with owner www-data and group www-data. When I modified this file, it automatically change file owner to current user victor and group victor. Can I modified foreign file without owner ...
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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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How to break or delete the symbolic link?

sudo ln -fs /usr/share/icons/Cyclone/cursor.theme etc/alternatives/x-cursor-theme I want to delete this link, as it seems to make some problems. Is this done by deleting cursor.theme file or what ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to disable locking in LibreOffice?

I want to disable file locking in LibreOffice, i.e., the creation of a hidden lock file in the directory of an opened document. The advice of the official documentation to comment out the second of ...
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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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Which file does ubuntu read first after boot?

In what order does Ubuntu read the files from power-on until a completed startup? Also is upstart something like a daemon? I am referring to this and found upstart is a daemon replacement. ...
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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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Is it possible to reverse the effect of bleach bit to fix my problem about an oversized folder?

Is it possible to reverse the effect of bleach bit? What happened: Last week I installed Bleach Bit and ran it for the first time on my newly installed Ubuntu system. I noticed that it was doing ...
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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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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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Identical folders have different sizes

I have to separate external usb HDDs from different vendors. I use Ubuntu LTS 12.04 and according to udisks, both have the same block size, 512, and the same file system, NTFS. Now I've copied a ...
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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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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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How can I email an attachment from the command line

Is it possible to email attachments from the command line? If possible, I'd like something as simple as: mail -a myfile.txt -t me@example.com -s "Here's my file"
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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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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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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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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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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 ...