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What represent .xAuthority file?

I had a problem wherein I couldn't get passed the login window in Ubuntu 12.04, even though I have the correct username and password, it still comes back to the login screen. I've found a solution ...
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How to find the difference between a script file and a binary file?

$ ls -l /usr/bin total 200732 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 156344 Oct 4 2013 adb -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 6123 Oct 8 2013 add-apt-repository list goes long --------- In the above adb is ...
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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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Move/Rename a lot of files with specific file size

I recovered a lot of pictures (1000+) from a bad SD Card. All except 75 which seems to be 'broken'. I ran a program to get all the pictures reading at a lower level and I found out I got all the ...
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Application that can send files from ubuntu to windows?

Instead of using usb and copy my files, rebooting, go to windows and paste it, I want an application that can send files to windows from ubuntu WITHOUT INTERNET AND REBOOTING. I'm using lubuntu 12.04 ...
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How to view recent file list in commandline?

Currently I have to click the Windows key and it takes large amount of time to time to load recent file list. How to do it on commandline rather? Also can I specify file type (like recently accessed ...
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How to solve “error splicing file” IO while copying files?

I've recently backed up some files on an external hard drive in order to install Ubuntu 12.04. But when I wanted to copy the backed up files (ex. music files) back to home folder, I'm prompted with ...
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How to a show the disc usage by directory in my home directory using the Terminal?

Could someone let me know which tool I should use? I'm trying to run this on an Ubuntu Server VM. So I believe I need a tool such as discus.
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Keep backing up (copying) the same file to a new folder

I am saving a stream in my HDD. I'd like to copy the file periodically into a subfolder backup such that the older versions of the the file are not deleted. Simply put Assume the original file is ...
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Do not ask “Run or Display” for certain file extensions [duplicate]

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu and already stuck on something simple: When trying to open a plain text file with the file extension .txt, it always asks whether i want to run or display the file. Now, if ...
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Broken Windows flashdrive after sudo cp

I copied a PDF file on Ubuntu to my Windows-formatted flashdrive with sudo cp file.pdf /mnt/sdb4/ (I am not sure if /mnt/sdb4/ was the path though). Now I can't access the drive neither from ...
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Dropbox and LibreOffice don't like my Icelandic file names (Elementary OS, Ubuntu 12.04)

I have some strange bugs possibly related to character encoding or problems with filenames, here are some clues: Clue #1: LibreOffice Writer 4.1 won't open files with Icelandic characters in the file ...
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Can't share second HDD with samba

This is my first question on askubuntu so I hope I'm doing it right. Two days ago I started working on a simple server to be used for file sharing and backups. The installation of both the OS as ...
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Detect file size decrease

I am saving streams from browser cache into my home folder. I wrote a script that takes the specific data type and saves them into disk, and names them as data.1, data.2 , data.3 and so on, creating ...
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change from transmission to qbittorrent

I'd like to change the associated magnet link application from transmission to qbittorrent. I'm running Lubuntu 12.10. I've tried this so far and its still opening magnet links with transmission. ...
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Ubuntu File Appearing As Directory

I have this php file that somehow is showing as a directory. It still has a php extension but when I cd the file I get: base: cd: satisfaction.php: Input/output error When I vim the file it looks ...
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an “Everything Search” for Ubuntu?

I use this program in windows thats one box and searches all of my drives. By default it lists all files, everywhere, in a single list. Is there a Linux graphical utility that does this?
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How to set icon for tex files?

In Ubuntu 12.04 with all mate, cinamon, gnome, unity desktops, the following issue: I use Latex frequently. My files end with extension .tex. The mime.types associated with tex is text/x-tex. The ...
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Usb flash drive with used sapce but no files in it

I have a 16 GB usb flash drive. It has ~9 GB used space and ~6 GB free space as seen on Disk Utility. When I open the directory there are no files in it. Also ls -al gives ...
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Integration of a tag based file system approach in Gnome and Nautilus

I am using Gnome 3.8 and Nautilus and I am quite satisfied in principle. Yet I dislike the traditional hierarchical file system approach using paths. It may be me but I often cannot find the files I ...
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How to automate the process of executing a command upon creation of a file

How to automate the process of executing a command upon creation of a file. I have an application wherein a tool generates an xsd schema from a xml file. My next module uses this xsd schema for ...
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ls command not giving true file size

(newbie - just signed up) I am wondering why when I type the ls -l, ls -lh etc, why it gives the size of my Download file as 4 kilobytes when it is actually 20.7 gigabytes when I click properties on ...
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Umlauts in Windows text files not recognized under Ubuntu

I am pretty new to Ubuntu and right now need to use both Windows and Ubuntu depending on the context. One problem I encountered is that Ubuntu does not seem to recognize umlauts and such (which are ...
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How do i share my files from windows 7 to Ubuntu?

I just Downloaded Ubuntu to my laptop and I noticed that my files like music and pictures aren't here. How can I get them from my Windows 7 part of my computer to the Ubuntu part? Please make it ...
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I'm not sure where to find my flash drive

When I plugged in my brand new flash drive, it didn't pop up or show up in the computer tap in files. How do I find the flash drive so I can access it and its files. Is there something I have to do ...
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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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Ubuntu newbie files question

Hi all, I've installed Ubuntu desktop onto my n150 netbook. It had 3 hard drive partions: C, D, and E. I installed Ubuntu onto partition C and deleted Windows 7 on install. Everything is working ...
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Transmission started to detect torrents bigger than they are

When I add a torrent the program works fine but after a few minutes it increases the value of total size. Right now I am downloading a torrent of size 5.08 GB, but the program detects it as 5.45 GB. ...
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Is there a way to restore everything I had before I corrupt the upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04?

When I was upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04, I mistakenly terminated the installation window and lost everything and I corrupted the system. So, is there a way to restored the Programs (including the ...
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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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File transfer Ubuntu to Windows

I am trying to transfer a large amount of files from Ubuntu to Windows 7 (my music library, ~70gb). I put the files on an external HDD. From Ubuntu, I can see all the files. From windows, about ~1000 ...
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Is it possbile to make files with a certain word be automatically moved to a specific folder?

I have a wallpapers folder under pictures and whenever I set any of them as wallpaper Ubuntu makes a copy of it that says "(copy)". How do I make them automatically move to a different folder?
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No such file or directory? But the file exists!

I've downloaded a game (Shank) but the bin file doesn't run. The error that is shown when I try to launch the executable is: bash: ./shank-linux-120720110-1-bin: No such file or directory
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Ubuntu's Software File Type?

I recently tried to install Xara as an alternative to my CorelDRAW, but the file that was downloaded was merely 18.5MB and a .package file. I don't even know what kind of extensions do software for ...
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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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How to automate CHMOD [duplicate]

How do I make the default value when upload a file via FTP for it to be 777. Like a have a ubuntu server, and one of the users has an application that created files in his folder, how do i make the ...
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How do I manually arrange the items in a folder in 14.04?

Icons can be arranged manually on the desktop, but I can't find any way to do it inside any other kind of folder. This is a big shame, as I used to (in 12.04) manually lay out and change the icons ...
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File not created by a python script that runs on boot

I have scripted two python codes. one, to run on boot and to create a file locally in the same directory where the code is placed another one to sense a low to high signal in GPIO. I have placed the ...
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How to change file into folder? [duplicate]

My folder Desktop changed to file Desktop (without extension, 6MB). How can I turn it back? I need that content.
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Why is my persistence file not increasing ?

I have an NTFS formatted drive with Ubuntu 14.04 on it and I'm trying to increase my persistence file, but no matter what, it won't increase. I've tried this with previous versions of Ubuntu as well, ...
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What is creating a folder named “.mediaartlocal” in all my music folders?

I was looking through my music collection while hidden files were shown, and I noticed that almost every directory/album has a folder in it named mediaartlocal, which contains a jpg file with an album ...
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How do i access the recovered files folder?

After receiveing the notice that the ubuntuone service is shutting down, I went online to see how to transfer all my files to my laptop. it must have been a bonehead move but I pressed unsync, then ...
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Understand format of the parameters in binary file [closed]

I have a binary file which in it there are some parameters stored as binary, for example : x , y , z , u ,p1 , p2 ,.. up to 12 parameters. I used "Ghex" to show it, Ghex shows some hexadecimal ...
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Folders not showing up in 'Recent' view in 14.04

If I open up what is now called files, and click on 'recent' in the left hand column, it gives me all the files I've used recently well enough, but none of the folders. Folders are how I keep ...
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Show current folder size in Nautilus

I would like to know if it's possible to display the current folder size (in MB or GB) in Nautilus at the status bar. Here's a screenshot: as you can see, (in this case) I have 7 items, and I have ...
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Move images from sub-folders into new sub-folders

I have a folder composed of M several sub-folders, each of them containing some text files and N images (*.png) This is what the tree looks like: /parent/ /sub-folder1/ /data1.dat /data2.dat ...
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Backup restore give errors

Alls my backup files give me the same error Invalid data - SHA1 hash mismatch for file duplicity-full.20140303T215257Z.vol33.difftar.gz calculated hash: e19C … Manifest hash : cabdbec I have the ...
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Cinnamon 2.0 desktop left 2 big file in /Home after install

Before the pop up "Home is not responding" the loading wheel appears. I decided to just let it load and see what happens and before you know it, it loaded. I guess there was two huge file that was ...
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Need to skip lost+found when using find

I am new to Ubuntu and I do not have alot of experience with Linux/Unix, so please bear with me while I try to get through this. I have a camera system that records footage and takes screen shots and ...
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Create , Write and Save file from a Shell script

I don't want to write the file manually, so I made a shell-script. Is there a way to write & save the file automatically without getting the user to press keys? sudo nano blah #write stuff to ...