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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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How to restore file copy / transfer status window?

I'm working on ubuntu 11.10 GNOME Classic. I copying file(~40GB) to External HD. while file copy in progress I mistakenly minimized the status window. After that I cant reopen that status window. b'z ...
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How to sync two folders on my machine, in one directional syncing?

I have a set-up in which I create a certain file, and subsequently move it into a storage area for that type of file (folder A). There is another folder on my machine where I must also copy the file ...
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Software for converting and cutting videos with webm support

I am looking for a file converting program to trim and convert videos into .webm format. I am currently using Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS.
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folder content doesn't get refreshed automatically in ubuntu 14.04

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and when I'm doing experiments which creates new files inside a particular folder X. But I can't see these new files inside X without refreshing X. I have increased the count ...
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Thunar lost files after dragging to and dropping onto folder!

I made some new folders, and then dragged files to them, to organize them in Thunar. I then opened the folders, and the files are not there! I opened the folder properties, and it says there are ...
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Where are file properties stored on the actual file system?

I am creating a program that takes a hexdump of a file, so that I can then transmit that somewhere, and have the file reconstructed, however the hexdump is only of the file contents, I also need to ...
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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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How to Compress (More than one at a time) PDF files from terminal

I work with lots of rather large imaged documents ranging from a few bites to multiple gigs of data per file. I need these documents to take up less storage space and especially to be more ...
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Migrating to a different distro, but keeping files

I'd like to test out a new Linux distro (Arch-based) by replacing a partition that already has Ubuntu on it. I wouldn't like to lose all my files, and know that it would be easy to back up all 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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how to install missing index files in 14.04.03 [closed]

on updating through terminal after fresh installation of ubuntu 14.04.03 following error was displayed. E: Some index files failed to download. they have been ignored, or old ones used instead. ...
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How to check the default handler for a specific file type in Terminal?

I often come across file types which I am not sure of, but yet need to open, but as I don't know what the default file handler on my system is for that specific file type (and sometimes the file ...
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How do you view file permissions?

I want to know how to see the permissions a particular file has. Which command should I type in the terminal? However, I don't want to change it.
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Move files preserving symbolic links

I have some files on an external hard drive, to which I keep soft symlinks in my home folder (many links, not just one). I need to move some of the original files to another hard drive, and I want to ...
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How to list recursive file sizes of files and directories in a directory?

How do I list all the files in a directory and their recursive file sizes? ---edit I want to see the sizes 'rolled up' to the parent directories in the directory listed. I don't want to see the ...
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How to open a “.sb” file?

I downloaded a game in .sb format that is partition is Ubuntu but even with the terminal I can not seem to open it. Here's what it said: fruity@xXxFruityxXx:~/Downloads$ ...
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How to get a full size of directory without listing the files/dir within?

I am able to get a size of a directory at the end of the du -h directoryname. But is there a way to get the size without it listing the files/directories within? I'm currently doing it like this: du ...
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bash: File not found

It's all on the screenshot below
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How do I open a text file in my terminal?

There is a file named RESULTS.txt and I want to open this file in my terminal. (I mean I want to see the file contents be displayed in the terminal and not in some text editor) How do I do that ?
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New File System drivers for ubuntu [closed]

I have done some kernel development previously, simple ones really. I wanted to know what direction I should be looking in to create a custom files system of my own. Most things I have found with a ...
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How can I write to files on Ubuntu Touch within an QML application?

Helo, I'm don't know how to write to files to my app configuration directory. How can I do it?
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Where are the files of my /home directory?

I have reinstalled my system after facing some crashing issues with my software. I have a separate / and /home When I am running df -h I obtain: root@sougata-SATELLITE-L750:/home# df -h Filesystem ...
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bluetooth device not working properly in Ubuntu

I used bluetooth device (USB type) in Ubuntu 13, 14 and 15 and always had problem in Receiving files from most cellphones. now, I'm using Ubuntu 15.04, it was ok first days but after updating daily ...
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/usr/bin/svnadd legit or malicious?

I installed OSSEC, and the following file failed a rootkit check. I'm not sure if it's malicious or what it's doing. Any help would be greatly appreciated! The file is a bash file: /usr/bin/svnadd ...
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meizu ubuntu phone + transfer photos to pc

I have the Meizu Ubuntu phone and use Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. dmesg|grep -i usb^C detects the phone when connected via usb, but even in developer mode I cannot browse the files or transfer photos to my ...
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I recently updated to ubuntu 15.04, but Java won't open .jar files!

I have got one thing to work though. By using this article:http://tipsonubuntu.com/2015/03/30/install-minecraft-in-ubuntu-15-04/ I have been able to open minecraft, but still nothing else is working ...
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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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Split a file in two different parts but use it under one path

I would like to split a large file (300GB), which is in my home directory under the dev/sdb1 into two (or more) different parts and move them into two different disk drives. However, I would like my ...
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Creation and deletion of a file at system level [closed]

What happens at the kernel level when someone creates or deletes a file (including all the housekeeping activities)? I have done some googling around but I couldn't find a good answer. Please excuse ...
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Libre office opening a copy of original file instead of original file?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. When I try to open a saved Libre office file, it opens a copy of existing file for editing and saves as another file. Multiple copies of same files are created upon editing ...
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“No such file or directory” upon login

After booting up my PC and typing the password to log in something strange happens - Ubuntu is telling me, that there's "no such file or directory" and password box changes to "Log in" button. After I ...
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What is the command to make a copy of a directory in a directory to create it as a file? [closed]

The command I used was: sudo cp -r /etc/apache2/ sites-available <file name> When I went into nano to change document root is tells me it is a directory and I can't get it in nano to make ...
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Is there a file explorer/manager for the command line?

I would like to know if there is something like DOS interface for Ubuntu. I mean a "GUI" that can run from the console (for example if you are using Ubuntu Server). Some file explorer like Nautilus ...
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How to Customize the size of the Folder & Files in the desktop?

There are some folders in my desktop which seems large in size (Bulky) !!! No Option to change it, Even Right-Click !!! I would like to Customize it. How to do it?
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How can I check a compressed file for reliability?

I have a 5GB folder with my research from last year. To save space, I compressed the folder, and all its contents. The compressed file *.tar.xz, is 761MB, which seems really tiny. That made me wonder: ...
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Can't Execute jar files

I'm having trouble opening jar files because there is no java runtime in open with listed. Even I have installed it via Software Center(i also try to reinstall it via synaptic and i do a --purge via ...
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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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How to Include/Edit an Item in Start-up for Ubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

I want to Include and Edit a file in Start-Up. How to Run a Script in Start-up? We can Place a Script/File in Windows easily by placing it in Start-up Folder. Is there anything like that? Where does ...
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Is there a way to search files considering content of archives as well?

I'm trying to find a (very old) file, from which I'm sure it is somewhere on my NAS. Unfortunately I have some of my old files stored inside tar.gz, zip or 7z. Is there any way to search all files ...
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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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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 take backup and restore of installed files in ubuntu 14.04?

How to take Back-up and Restore files? How to know that the files that were taken back-up already? How to install it in another Computer? Its good to know to do by using Terminal instead of doing by ...
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How to share my files via LAN? [duplicate]

I would like to share my files via LAN. How to know IP address of mine and other's one by using terminal or anything else but without using Internet? I'm using Ubuntu 14.04LTS
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What are dot-files?

I am having a hard time grasping what dot-files are or what they are for. Are they directories? How do I navigate to them? Thank you!
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Is it advisable to delete ~/.cache files?

~/.cache/* Is it good to delete all the files in .cache folder?
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How to show the path in the title bar of Files (Nautilus)

Scenario: I have several Files windows open. One's open to /home/me/workspace/abc, one's open to /opt/Tomcat/webapps/abc, and one's open to /etc/abc. I want to work in the /opt/Tomcat/webapps/abc ...
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How can I log file access from users?

I have to give someone access to my computer, but I want to know afterwards which files he accessed... Can I create a log file for that? Is there an existing program for that? I know how to track ...
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How can I open a .dmg file?

I've got a .dmg file, and I can't figure out how to open it. How can I open it?
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Locating a file without knowing its name, only its content? [duplicate]

I have a hard drive filled with files, and I need to find a specific file without knowing its name. All I know is that the file contains a list of email addresses. Is there any way I can locate it?