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troubleshooting updatedb

I am taking a course that makes me go on terminal and run updatedb. but this is what I get: nonrootuser$ updatedb updatedb: can not open a temporary file for `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db' so far I ...
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Option or command for finding whether a file is empty

Is there a command that allows finding out whether or not a file contains something? I tried with ls' size option (ls -lsh) but it does not show me the empty files because the files/folders have no ...
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var/log/syslog growing indefinitely in size

The disk that contains Ubuntu on my computer is 115GB in size. When the disk was 114.7GBfull. I started deleting some files here and there to free up around 5GB. But I noticed the disk was 114GB ...
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Ubuntu Mate question [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu Mate 15.10-64bit on my surface pro by booting it from a USB drive. I don't want to install it on the surface pro, I just want to keep booting it from the USB drive. I always change ...
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How to disable the need for making operations with sudo

I can read my Dropbox directory from Ubuntu OS. However, in order to delete/create/move file to this directory I must use "sudo". This means that I can do these operation only by shell. Is there any ...
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SSH locked out need to put files onto server

Okay this is my last hope I have a server which i am locked out on because we were testing some different host files in the /etc/ssh folder. I am trying to get my back up onto the server so that i ...
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How to move data to Windows reliably?

I have a laptop which has Lubuntu installed and I have about 30-40GB of videos, documents, pictures and music files on it. I would like to move the data to another hard drive/pendrive and use it on a ...
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How to rename these files with regex?

I can't write a regex code for that. Microsoft Windows has changed my files' names and I want to remove the date from this names. How can I do this? (Names are below.) icon-culture (2015_09_04 ...
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dir2ogg- ERROR: “stdin” is not a supported format

Re: Convert m4a --> ogg I have installed dir2ogg 0.11.8 on Lubuntu 14.04 LTS; faad is inherently installed, Build: May 1 2012. I would like to convert the m4a file ManjusriMantra.m4a to ogg, ...
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opening or editing a file quickly?

how can i open a file with along name using leafpad,notepadqq....etc without copying the name and pasting it is there any trick on the keyboard or a command ? thanks on advanced Beginner
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FIle transfer help physically

Okay so just wondering if i can do this. I have a server that i cannot ssh into because it's missing some files. Is it possible for me to physically connect my computer running windows 10 and move ...
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Header file seen by Ubuntu as an archive file when it isn't. (Red filename from 'ls')

I am cross-compiling a Linux kernel for the raspberry pi. I am cross-compiling on Ubuntu. My build chokes because it cannot find a header file. The header file is actually there but it is displayed by ...
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How do I periodically turn off showing hidden files?

So, in order to hide some files and folders to unskilled eyes, I modified their names putting a dot to the start of the name. It works, and files are hidden. Nosy people that are not skilled will not ...
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'cat': can't open file: Permission denied

I am trying to copy the whole / directory to some other location. When doing cp recursively, it fails on some files like:- / # ls -lrt /sys/module/nf_conntrack_ipv4/uevent --w------- 1 root ...
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ncmpcpp can't find my music

I finally got ncmpcpp and MPD to work, but ncmpcpp won't find my music. I've restarted MPD multiple times, installed mpc and run mpc update, pressed U inside ncmpcpp, restarted my machine, tried with ...
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sftp user can't see files, what is the right permission

I installed a Magento on /var/www/html and set all files in it owned by www-data and group www-data. Added a user to be a member of www-data and use that user on sftp. Directory is set with ...
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How to add files to /var/www/html/ without using the terminal?

Using Ubuntu 15 I install Apache and want to add files to the /var/www/html/ directory. If I type in my browser: file:///var/www/html/ I can see the files (only index.html). However, I cannot add, ...
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Attempting to uninstall and reconfigure pygame for python 3.4.4 or Ubuntu 14.04

First off I want to mention I'm a scrub with ubuntu. Also I am a bit unsure if my python version is 3.4.4, but that is what it sais on my tgz file when I search for it, so I think that is correct. I'...
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How to create hundred thousand (100,000) files with extension of “.jpg”, ‘.c’, ‘.sh’? [closed]

How to create hundred thousand (100,000) files in a directory with extension of each .jpg, .c, .sh? The size of each file will be 5kb and each extension will have 33,333 files.
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Ubuntu 14.04 nautilus/nemo file manager hanging on every action

I cannot use nautilus or nemo because of high loading time on each action, many times the applications simply hang and I've busted my time on trying to fix it with no success whatsoever. Here's how ...
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Is it bad practice for folder name to contain dot (.)? How about file name with multiple dots?

Sometimes it makes practical sense for a folder name to contain a dot (.). For example, you are storing data for an experiment conducted at L=0.5. So the folder might be named: experiment_L0.5 A ...
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How to rename a file in Terminal?

I have: /home/user/my_static /home/user/static/ How do I rename my_static to static and remove static(2)?
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Suggest apps for opening .mdl & .spr files [closed]

One app that can open .mdl files and another app that can open .spr file.
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What mass file renaming tools are available?

I need to rename a bunch of files in order to fix their sort order, therefore I need to be able to do a sort of "find and replace" so I can replace chunks of the filenames at a time. What tools ...
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cannot delete an empty folder in “root”

I created an empty "FTP" folder whilst setting up an ftp prog on kubuntu 14.04. I wish to delete the empty folder "ftp" in my root but having used the terminal command rm I get the answer that the ...
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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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Automating file transferring from multiple source folders to one target folder

I need to move different files from different folders to a new folder using a command line. The files share the same format .asc: for example, there are files 20file1.asc, 20file2.asc and 20file3.asc ...
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Can you recover previous versions of files?

I know that if I delete a file it won't actually be 'deleted' as such, just marked as 'can be overridden when needed' so that when that space is needed the file will just be overridden, and this means ...
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Missing necessary permission - live USB

The computer froze during updating to Ubuntu version 15.04. After turning it off the system doesnt work anymore. Live USB doesnt recognize the broken installed version of Ubuntu, therefore I dont know ...
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Remove “places” menu of Ubuntu 14.02 “Files” application

I want to remove a "Places" menu from "Files" application. I know, that similar question is asking before, but I want completle removing, not customaizing or adding/deleting some items. Any ideas how ...
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LTSP Localapps rus files

Good day everyone! I am installed on ubuntu server 14.04 a LTSP server and GUI Mate. When, i'm trying open russian named files, with ltsp-localapps command, i see window with error message, about what ...
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Libre Office impress restarts ubuntu after trying to start the application

When I try to open Libre Impress it restarts my computer from the log in screen. The version I have of Ubuntu is 14.04 and the version of Libre Office is 4.2.8.2. This dosen't happen with Calc or ...
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Getting access to var/www [duplicate]

Very, very new user to Ubuntu and I've been searching for a long time without finding an answer. Probably I've gotten the answer but I don't understand it all that very well so I thought I try this ...
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Squid isn't blocking files by extension

The squid server actually blocks the url's that end in one of my denied file extensions e.g"png", BUT when I try to download the "preview" image that google shows(the same png image), the download is ...
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How to customize Nautilus to display directory tree?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS a little while ago and I consider myself a beginner. I am using the Nautilus file manager: I wonder if you can navigate the folders through the directory tree, as well ...
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Is there any downside to using hardlinks over copying?

Let's say I have a large file (over 1 GB) I want to copy to another place on my partition. Is there a downside to just creating a hardlink (ln /path/to/large/file /path/to/target) instead of using cp?...
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Bad practice to keep many subdirectories in single directory [duplicate]

I was wondering if it is bad practice (or performance, etc.) to keep many (10k+) sub-directories in a single directory. Is it better or the same to group those sub-directories into more sub-...
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How to Add Folders to Files sidebar in Ubuntu 15.10 [duplicate]

How to Add Folders to Files sidebar in Ubuntu 15.10. I want to add a couple of folders (other than Documents, Music, Picture and etc) to the sidebar list in Files. I did it before by simply dragging ...
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Error installing libcrypt11 for spotify

I'm trying to get Spotify working on Ubuntu 15.10. I've tried installing libgcrypt11 as described here, but it fails: jornh@PC1937:~$ sudo dpkg -i libgcrypt11_1.5.0-5+deb7u1_amd64.deb dpkg: error ...
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What are these errors in starting bless in Ubuntu?

Bless is the hex-editor which I start in Ubuntu 14.04. I think I installed bless by: sudo apt-get install bless There are some bug reports about such a behaviour but I am not sure if they are ...
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Rename on move with placeholder / wildcard

Lets say I have the following files /home/user/test1.java /home/user/test2.java /home/user/test3.java /home/user/test1.java.orig /home/user/test2.java.orig /home/user/test3.java.orig I want the ...
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Is Nitroshare transfer limited to a certain file size?

I have recently seen Nitroshare promoted on this site and have installed it in Ubuntu (Xubuntu 12.10) and Win7. I was able to transfer files but only up to a certain size. I have not tested with very ...
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Home folder opens again

I have a mounted partition, where my data lie. I click on the folder icon and it opens. I go to the 196 GB Volume (that's the place) and it opens. I open a file with gedit. Now, when I want to go ...
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How to archive with ignoring files larger than 100MB

I'm trying to archive files with tar and ignoring files larger than 100MB. Is that possible? PS: Not have to use tar.
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Ubuntu 14.04 can't move files from phone storage to computer

I have a HTC One m8, and when I plug it in it shows up in Files as "Android Phone". It shows my internal storage automatically, and at the top it says "Contains digital photos Shotwell". But the issue ...
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how to merge 3gp audio files?

Any software available for joining/merging multiple 3gp audio files in lubuntu? All available online softwares are for Windows/Mac only.
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Ubuntu automatically shows deleted files

I ran Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS from a live cd and I noticed that it shows deleted files (some many years old) on USB sticks and on the computer's hard drive (files that were created, saved and deleted from ...
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Searching for specific magic byte in an ocean of files

I want to know how I can search for a specific file type: I have entered a SSH server and I am trying to search for a .jpg file, but the owner of the server (my teacher) has removed all extensions. I ...
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geany wont open files accross the network

This used to work, and now it doesn't. I have a sftp connection to another machine, where I open the folder and browse with caja, the file I would like to open. I right click, and select open with ...
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How to show a hidden file

I wanted to add classpath to my jdk. While searching a way to do it I notice everyone open .profile file using terminal. But when I want to open and edit it with a text editor I couldn't see that file ...