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How do you open downloaded files in general?

I'm new to Linux/Ubuntu and I have no idea how to open a file I've downloaded, there's nothing on the computer that can open it. It's a .jar file. It keeps asking for a program to use to open it, but ...
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How to show all files created on a specific date

On 16/05/2015 at 17:18 I visited a malicious website. And I suspect a drive-by-download, so I want to check my machine to see since that time in order of creation which files have been created or ...
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Merge all files from directory tree

I have a directory called /home/foobar/ which contain numerous text files in numerous sub directories. I need to generate a file which has the merged content of all the files inside this directory ...
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Converting a file to directory

As we know "Everything in Linux" is a file, and moreover directory is just a file containing other files. So, I don't know if this "crazy idea" possible, but it should be in someway according to the ...
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Firefox cache2 'doomed' folder

I was recently looking in my cache as I have made it so that it does not cache: And I found this folder called doomed: /home/arthur-dent/.cache/mozilla/firefox/k29gs42c.default/cache2/doomed So ...
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Getting rid of hidden Ubuntu files after uninstalling Ubuntu?

Just earlier on today, I have uninstalled Ubuntu as I didn't like it that much, so I uninstalled it. Back on windows, I check my hard drive and it seems as there is about 5GB taken from something, I ...
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How to search for files through hashsums

I search for files often in my files system by either using the tree command and grep, or the find command, but recently I downloaded some content from a site, but forgot where I saved it, now I know ...
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How to filter content in the currently opened folder?

There is one thing I'm missing since I've been forced to move from OSX to Ubuntu. For OSX there is a wonderful file browser named Path Finder which has very handy filter function built-in. The ...
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How to copy many photo file names with date and time to spreadsheet

I have numerous motion detector photos (JPGs) I copy to a DVD every day. I would like to copy the file name, original creation date and time of each of these photos and then extract this information ...
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Install version of “look” that can handle large files

When I try to use look to binary search through a large file (43G), I get the error message: look: sorted.csv: File too large. On OSX, I am able to execute the same command on the same file with no ...
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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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What is the “-” at the end of some files?

I find a lot of the time that files in /etc end with a -, but have another version of the file without it at the end. So what does the - mean? Is it like a ~? Or does it serve a different purpose?
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Disk space issue after apt-get update

I did a system update with sudo apt-get update and rebooted. After the reboot an error came up showing that i'm out of disk space. was barly able to access my desktop. I checked the space util and ...
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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?
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How to make faster first search at Unity-Dash? Way slower than second one

After a reboot, first searching at Unity Dash will be slower (15 sec) than the second search (seems instant), on my system at least. I guess this is because file index is cleared after a reboot and ...
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How can I transfer a binary file using minicom and a serial connection? [closed]

How can I transfer a binary file using a serial cable between my Ubuntu pc and a box where I've installed minicom? The minicom box doesn't have a connection.
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Create a file with limited file size

I have written a server(Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server) - client - java program. With this program I can send a text from my android-smartphone to my server saving it to the receivedData file. The program ...
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how to create a file with .dat extension in ubuntu 12.04

I am new to Ubuntu. I have been using Ubuntu 12.04 for the past few weeks. My question is, just like we can use notepad in Windows to create files with .dat extension, how do i create such a file in ...
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Why is it possible to convert a file just by renaming its extension?

When you rename files into a different, most of the times it does not work. But, suppose you have a .png file, you can just rename "image.png" to "image.jpeg" or "image.gif", it automatically gets ...
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How to copy only file attributes (metadata) without actual content of the file?

I've already copied terabytes of files with rsync but I forgot to use --archive to preserve files' special attributes. I tried executing rsync again this time with --archive but it was way slower ...
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How to move files on Computer freely? [duplicate]

so I'm new to Ubuntu and I get frustrated everytime I need to move/delete/rename files on the computer drive I need to go through the terminal and go 'sudo ... ' .. is there a easier way to do it ...
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Recovering data from a corrupted ubuntu system

My laptop running Linux 14.10 was being upgraded to the latest version when the process froze half way due to the PC being put to sleep. Now when I start it up I log in and it reverts back to the log ...
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No more xorg.conf file in ubuntu 14.10?

I was looking to make modifications to my xorg.conf file because I'm experiencing flash video tearing in the browser (with the xorg nouveau drivers on my intel hd graphics for the Intel D525 Atom ...
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How do I find my file which was moved without destination

I am in a trouble. I pressed 'enter' without the destination. I had two files in the same directory with a common IDENTIFIER in their name. I wanted to move them to a folder, so I entered mv ...
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Folder date modified in Files shows date of folder creation not content modification

So when sorting by date modified in Files, the date the folder picks up is the date that the folder was first created, but if a file is modified in the folder the date doesn't change. Anyway to ...
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Right clicking a file, Can't delete files/folders, no option to delete.

I have some files and folders that I can't delete. I click menu -> right click and the delete option is not available. I can delete by using the terminal, but I'd prefer to do it from the GUI. It's ...
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remove file with -h_some_file_name in shell [duplicate]

I have a problem when trying removing a file with name something like -h_some_file_name, this is because of generated script that I made and forget to check the prefix. If I run the command rm ...
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How do I solve “Error splicing files?”

My hard drive crashed, so I'm using a Ubuntu live disk to access my files. But as I try to transfer them to my flash drive, it occasionally comes up with an error message which, when I view details, ...
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Error renaming file: -6: Not Supported

I tried to rename a file of my MotoG phone, through Ubuntu which is connected through a data cable. The phone is connected as a Media Device (MTP). I got a Error renaming file: -6: Not Supported. ...
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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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Determinate if a file is already opened

I want to create a bash script to determine if my file is already opened by another user. I have already tried with lsof but it didn't work as i wanted. The files can have different types of ...
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How can I restore system files that were accidentally deleted in /usr/share and /var/lib/dpkg?

So ya, earlier today I accidentally ran a rm -rf /usr/share and let it run for about 15 seconds. And then in trying to fix the error I went ahead and uninstalled all of my desktops and a bunch of ...
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Installing XAMPP

I'm new to linux and I'm trying to install XAMPP I downloaded the file and I cant execute it, I followed the Instruction on http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-linux.html#374 but when I'm trying ...
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getting .desktop file to show up in launcher

I have a script working from a thumbdrive. It works fine when double clicked or launched with sh filename.sh. I made a .desktop file to launch it from the launcher and put it in both ...
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Android Photos Not Viewable

So I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.2 on my Laptop. When I plug my phone in, I can't open any pictures or videos. I've tried switching my media connection on my phone to all three options, nothings working. ...
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How to setup a LAN between Ubuntu and Windows

I wanna transfer some files from this PC with Ubuntu to a PC with Windows 7 I don't care how to do it (ftp, samba or whatever) I wanna know the steps, I searched a lot but I can't find anything that ...
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command to find files by searching only part of their names?

Say there are files with names: batman.c batwoman.c batgirl.c cricketbat.c What command and how should I use it to list all these files by using the searchtag bat?
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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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what to do if I accidently changed .bin file? [duplicate]

I changed .bin opening file to other and I dont know how to make it back (to the normal image) I tried to use "open with" and this why it dont work
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Is there an item limit for the file explorer?

This is a question regarding Xubuntu 14.04. Very long story short, I had to use the program recoverjpeg to restore some photos that I forgot to back up after a fresh install. This resulted in 850k ...
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Lastlog grows to 4.2G after SSH logout

Running a VPS with Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS. Noticed a spike in disk usage. Turns out the culprit is lastlog. Overwrote it with >/var/log/lastlog. After logging out of the session and logging back in, ...
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Script to generate thumbs only if thumb doesn't exist

I have a working script to generate thumbs to all pdf files in a folder( using Image Magic): for f in *.pdf; do convert -thumbnail 250x200 "$f"[0]"_thumb_wd_${f%.pdf}.jpg"; done How can i adjust ...
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How to move specific files while preserving their directory structure

I have large directory with lots of files and directories on a remote Windows system where I only have FTP access. I had to do some modifications in some of the files, so I downloaded the whole ...
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Can not access files in any folder on Samsung Galaxy SII

When I connect my Samsung Galaxy SII with USB cable my DCIM folder looks empty although I can see my files on phone. Do you have any idea what would be the problem? On computer: On phone:
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Startup Disk Creator not registering disk size [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a startup disk for ubuntu 15.04. I already have installed 15.04, but I need another copy. It states that the disk has 2kb of storage size and it has none of that left, but I can ...
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Is Nautilus same as Files on 14.04?

14.04 fully updated on notebook and desktop. But Nautilus on notebook and Files on desktop. Why and can I install same on both? Unity on both. Files on desktop does not show free space as Nautilus ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Nautilus has no menu - File, Edit etc. don't exist

Since Ubuntu 13.04, and now 13.10 and 14.04, my Nautilus (Files) has no application menu. This means that I can't access Edit>Preferences and can only change preferences via dconf-editor, as the ...
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How can edit a executable file linux

Hi all i have a file and ist run on my ubuntu server and need to edit it but cant . i open with notepad ++ and get this How can edit
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unable to install stuck on root file partition error

root partition file error unable to install on Toshiba L50d-a**also unable to uninstall **
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Trying to copy a file from server to client

Im trying to copy a file from my server to a client account I have, I am logged in to the server from my client and am having troubles copying a file over. I use the command: (tried with and without ...