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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 ...
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Can I estore a folder that suddenly disappeared?

It sometimes occurs in my laptop that when I close it (physically), the laptop crashes when I open it afterwards, and the screen goes black. This time, I had some files open, and when I rebooted the ...
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How to return to default window size of files windows in ubuntu?

Can someone help me how to set default size of files windows when they open?
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Ubuntu from pendrive

I have Ubuntu 14.04 in my USB pen drive but when I insert my pen drive in Windows 10 ,it shows invalid file format .I could not find my pen drive in boot options too.
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installation problem need help

so im about to install Ubuntu 14.04 and it pops up a mussage saying "The attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in SSI1(0,0,0),partition#1(sda)at/boot/efi failed" can someone help please?
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Cannot copy files in Ubuntu to external drive: names with special characters

I cannot copy a lot of files to my external drive because when I try to do it I get the error "wrong file name". I have seen that these files have special characters and I would like to know how to ...
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File system goes read-only when using file explorers

I have a problem with my 15.10 system and it goes as follows: When using Nemo or Nautilus (these are the two I've tried) works fine as long as I explore my home directory only. Visiting 'File ...
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Running gradlew produces “: No such file or directory”

We are two developers running Vagrant VMs with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. Running ./gradlew to execute our build script works fine for me, but when he runs the same command he gets the error: : No such ...
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How to loop file names into an array or run custom code on it

This is a qna post (Do not need help, just wanted to help others). Recently worked with some files and had difficulty in reading the files #version1 (error on files with spaces) arrFiles[0]=0 ...
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How to make a save partition for personal files?

How can i make a partition for example for photos. Something like disk D: in windows. I already installed ubuntu 14.04.3 on my computer. I would like to split /dev/sda2 which has 750gb and make some ...
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How to move files and don't break anything?

I have a file and want to move it somewhere. Before I move it, I need to check if it has any connections with other programs or links or environment variables. Is there any command or plugin which can ...
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Aquaris phone other files using memory

I have a ubuntu (touch) phone Aquaris E5 (OS 15.04 r6) Of the 16gb of memory, 8gb is 'other' files When checking the memory, (system settings, about phone, memory), lots of file types are specified ...
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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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Can I create a self-destructing file?

I placed a file into my local Dropbox folder. I would like it to exist only temporarily for X numbers of days. After X numbers of days the file should be automatically deleted. Is it possible to ...
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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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for f in files returns sections separated by space

I have the following code arrFiles[0]=0 cd "/home/thenok/Documents/Link to thought diary" for i in $(find -type f ! -name "*~"); do arrFiles[0]=$[arrFiles[0]+1] arrFiles[arrFiles[0]]="$i" echo " ...
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allow executing file as program cannot be unchecked

My issue is that I want to be able to click a text file and have it open in a text editor by default. When I right-click on a .txt file and go to the pemissions tab and when in there, under the ...
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Execute commands on hidden files

I run command to search for phrase in all files: cat *.* | grep blabla It works fine but I got problem with hidden files and directories. Command simply not deals with them. Ho to solve this ...
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How to only allow a file to be opened or executed by certain application(s)?

Let's say that I've got a security application (or something which I just don't want any old application or user to have access to because it is very important and if the wrong guys had access to it ...
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Concatenating several .mp3 files into one .mp3

As it was suggested here I am using cat command to concatenate several .mp3 files into one .mp3 file. Imagine, I have following .mp3 files in the current folder: 001001.mp3 001002.mp3 001003.mp3 ...
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Using AWK to write a CSV file (help me learn it)

I've been struggling with a pdf Directory (list of companies) that was converted with PDFTOTEXT and I would like to convert it's contents with AWK, the input file has the following format: COMPANY ...
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How to create one directory in the tree of directories ubuntu?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS a little while ago and I consider myself a beginner. I get the following window: I wonder if there is any way to create a folder in the "Places" area in the tree of ...
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Use path bar and address bar in Nautilus

By default, Nautilus use/show the path bar: Using Ubuntu Tweak I managed to set by default the address bar: Is it possible to set both of them as default (show both: the buttons and the text ...
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Prevent user from accidentally deleting file without using the Terminal

I must tell a 10 years old boy he can change the icon of a .desktop file. He doesn't know anything about permissions but he can put the icon in the Pictures folder (not protected by default). I can ...
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ubuntu 15.10 freezes when copying files to shared drive

Ubuntu 15.10 64bit When moving or copying files to either a USB Pen Drive or a Network Share Drive Nautilus (Files) hangs. The copying/moving process starts but then freezes. I know Ubuntu cannot ...
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Browse files with vim in terminal

Is there any way to open file with vim in the terminal without typing file name, but for example then I see in the directory my file, go with arrow keys or something like that? I think I saw one of ...
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How to find all empty files and folders in a specific directory including files which just look empty but are not?

Let's say that in my folder ~/list I have a large amount of folders each with their own sub-folders and sub-sub-folders etc, and there are lots of files almost on each level. However some of these ...
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Search for all files with a .sql extension in folders and sub folders

I want to search for all files with the .sql extension in folders and sub-folders (recursive). How can I do this?
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Pulling a particular block from a text file

I am trying to pull out a block of data from a huge text file which contains 1193373557 lines. I am excluding the first 25 lines and the last 4 lines, and the more challenging job is that the ...
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Messed up permissions

I tried to remove file permissions for 'other' from all user directories. So I did cd /home/ Then Instead of sudo chmod -R o-rwx * I typed sudo chmod -R o -rwx *, which resulted in some troubles. ...
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data is missing while writing into a file in Ubuntu

I am using UBUNTU 14.04 LTS. I am coding GUI program with QT creator,for MIL-STD-1553 communication.I am saving the Data what ever sending the data to RT(Remote terminal)from BC(bus controller) in a ...
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How to have a forward slash in a file name?

I understand that this will likely break and confuse the hell out of my system, but is it possible to name or rename a file so that it has /s in its name (this is needed for a file which needs to go ...
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Tiptoi Ravensburger - How to add new audio files?

Tiptoi Ravensburger learning game: How can I add new audio files in Ubuntu Linux?
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How can I import all my Windows files into Ubuntu?

My Windows 10 has crashed, and now I would like to go with Ubuntu 14.04. I have my working files in other drives. How can I import my files from Windows to Ubuntu without loosing them?
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how to delete a file using its inode number in busybox?

while doing a random compilation I created a file that has unreadable character as its file name so, I want to remove it using its inode number. I got some options in the internet but they don't work ...
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How to make Nautilus icons in Gnome 3.16 less fat?

Since I upgraded from Gnome 3.14 to Gnome 3.16, I have noticed that my icons in Nautilus have started eating a lot more than they used to, and have got really fat, is there any way now to decrease ...
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files and folder can't see

I have pc with dual boot ubuntu 15.10 and windows 10. I saved some files in ntfs partition from ubuntu. I can't see that files on windows 10 and now can't see that files also on ubuntu after open ...
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Force file creation time for all files transferred to a directory

Is there a way in Linux to change the creation/last access time/last modified time by default, whenever new files are transferred or copied. Currently, I need to poll a directory for files and ...
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System screwed desperately need access to mozilla folder

I have recently uninstalled and re-installed Synaptics package for the touchpad (which was playing up) through the Synaptics package manager. Now Ubuntu (14.04.03 LTS) will not boot. After the screen ...
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How can I cd to a directory without writing its name?

Sometimes it’s annoying to access a directory with the folder name. Say I have a directory named a b c d. Apart from using Tab, is there any way to access the folder without typing the name of the ...
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Command to output lines in file in alphabetical order?

I have a file containing one word per line. How can I print out each line in alphabetical order - ie. the first letter of each word decides the order?
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Is there a way with sox to trim parts of audio file with volume under a certain level?

I have an audio file and I want to delete the parts of this audio file that have less than a certain level of volume. Is that possible with sox?