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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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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?

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?
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how can I List files in order

I had an 18GB file I needed to download on a less than great Internet connection. Torrenting wasn't an option. So I busted up the file into 100 segments, and eventually, all of it downloaded. Now I ...
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Upload to server via web interface

I am running a mediawiki on Ubuntu Server 14.04 via parallels with OS X as host. I am looking for a way to upload files via a web interface to the server's drive and for any location. It is ok if ...
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cannot execute binary file: Exec format error [duplicate]

i´m new in ubuntu and i´m trying to install a program created by one of my professors, but when i try to start it, the terminal send me the message: bash: ../bin/cidre.exe: cannot execute binary ...
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Recovering user files with a Live CD

For some reason my bootup isn't working. I get an error akin to "Operating System Not Found". So I tried bootrepair, and that didn't work. So then I decided I would just save my personal files, wipe ...
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How Can I Access A Broken Ubuntu 14.04 File System?

Configuration: AWS t2.micro instance (name:webserver) set up with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS; this instance is stopped and the EBS volume (name:broken) containing the instance (name:webserver) has been mounted ...
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How do I find and replace in file1 with values from file2

file1 O,tested test,12345 OC,test explore,34567 file2 O,new order OC,new quote I need an output like below: New order,tested test,12345 New quote,test explore,34567
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Where to put downloaded files on filesystem (14.04)

I'm new to running ubuntu as a desktop. I've managed a linux (non ubuntu) server for quite a while now. But, I've just been barely getting by. I am scared I'll mess something up and cpanel/whm is ...
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File Manager In Xfce

In file manager in xfce, I'd like to disable tooltips if there's a way. Also, in file manager preferences > behavior > middle click, open in new tab or new window is broken, it doesn't matter which ...
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Is there a way to run .exe in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I want to be able to run all of my Steam games on my laptop. But 2/3 of them are .exe files. Is there a way to run or convert them as/to .deb files? Or is there a program that will help me run ...
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Fast & Traceable copy of 2 TB data over Gigabit LAN from Ubuntu live mounted Volume to Synology NAS (Win SMB, NFS, Mac AFP)? How?

Fast & Traceable copy of 2 TB data over Gigabit LAN from Ubuntu live mounted Volume to Synology NAS (Win SMB, NFS, Mac AFP)? How? I am going a Data Recovery using a Unbunto Live CD (14.x LTE) ...
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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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Is viewing system files like “/sbin/init” safe?

Do I risk breaking my installation of Ubuntu if I view /sbin/init without editing it, say, in gedit? (I'm taking an online Linux course and they mention this and I wanted to see what it looks like.)
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How do I create a new file in a folder owned by root? Specifically, I want to add a file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

I want to add a new file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d as seen at the bottom of this page, but I can't as it's owned by root user. How to? EDIT: I managed it using the information on this page:
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hidden files always being shown

When opening a folder, by default it always shows hidden files. I can uncheck the view option and they disappear but reappear on the next opening with the hidden files option re-checked. Have I ...
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Why does the file owner appear as ‘user # 1004’?

When I view properties of a file, the file owner appears as ‘user # 1004’. Why doesn’t it show the user name? I tried asking at #ubuntu but nobody answered.
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How to list all the files in a tree (a directory and its subdirs)?

For a task of mine I need to list all the files in a tree (a directory, all its subdirs, all subdirs of those, etc.). I'd prefer to see them in Nautilus or Krusader, but a command-line solution is ...
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du -bs and MS Windows' Folder Properties Size

Is there a way to replicate the value from Microsoft Windows Folder Properties Size (not Size on Disk) within unix? I have tried: du -bs folder_name du --apparent-size -B1 folder_name without ...
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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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Which file does ubuntu read first after boot?

In what order does Ubuntu read the files from power-on until a completed startup? Also is upstart something like a daemon? I am referring to this and found upstart is a daemon replacement. ...
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How to save changes to a file opened in the terminal?

As it required root access to edit, I've opened a init.txt file using sudoedit, but I don't see how to save my changes. I also see lots of things like ^X instructions at the bottom of the terminal ...
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Update change date for a file

I have managed to update the access and modified time of a file: Access: 2003-06-03 14:45:00.000000000 +0300 Modify: 2003-06-03 14:45:00.000000000 +0300 Change: 2015-07-20 08:03:15.301534192 +0300 ...
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How to edit /boot/efi

I have installed rEFInd, and it works well enough, but I am trying to add a theme. To do so, I need access to the /boot/efi/ folder. When I try to access it, I get the following error: ...
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Can't get rid of file in /var/lib/update-notifier/user.d/ in 64-bit xubuntu 14.04

There's this infuriating update notifier that pops up in every single goddamned time I log into my account telling me the following: The following packages requested additional data downloads ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS .run file issues

Having some Issues with the .run type files. I've looked all over the place to try and make them work and they just open with gedit. The window Freezes and stops responding. Even giving the file ...
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How to burn files, or move [duplicate]

So, I have CHROMEBOOK, and I want install Ubuntu. I download ubuntu files (~1GB), ISO format, but, I dont know, how to put there files to my USB? Just help me please :)
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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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Remove files of 0 bytes in size via command line?

So, I got a directory filled with other directories, and I was wondering if it was possible to remove files that have no size. Typically these files are 0 bytes and since I want to merge all these ...
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My files from Downloads folder are gone

I was trying to make a bootable flashdrive with WIN7 using Yumi in my Ubuntu desktop. The process got stuck at 46% for over half an hour. I tried interrupting it, but it was not possible. So I ...
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Ubuntu Samba Permission

Hi I created a Samba file server on an Ubuntu. And gave all users -R 777 permissions, this works for like a day. But after that time the permissions rollback somehow. The users do not have 777 ...
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Where did blender generate the system-info.txt file?

Today I launched Blender and asked it to generate system info as I was curious what this button what do: And after pressing that this came up: I also got this in Terminal: Info: System ...
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Copy unmatched strings in from one file to another, bulk

I'm trying to compare files from folder1 to their updated version in folder2. The files have identical names, but may have different number of strings. The strings look like: string_1_name: "some ...
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gedit - show file path for recently opened files

Gedit shows the recently opened files. How do I make gedit show not only the file-names but also the file path for recently opened files? I work on a website which has an index.tcl / index.adb in ...
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Changing extension of multiple files in Ubuntu 12.04

As the title says, how can I change the extension of every file in a directory in Ubuntu? I've seen some examples use rename etc etc but I get an error (Unable to locate package rename) and it's not ...
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can not open torrent file to be downloaded to transmission

i have been downloading torrent files with no problems up until today, before today i would jus download torrents in whichever torrent site i was using an the file would go to download on the menu bar ...
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Why does Ubuntu create a file ending in ~ for every file I create with a text editor like GNU Emacs? [duplicate]

Why does Ubuntu create a file ending in ~ for every file I create with a text editor ? Creating a file with a text editor like GNU Emacs, say myfile, another file called myfile~ is also created. ...
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Sharing files between Ubuntu and Android-x86

How can I transfer files between Ubuntu and an Android-x86 VirtualBox VM?
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Ubuntu Samba auto mounted hard drive permission fails

So I plugged in my harddrive to the Ubuntu Samba Server and it automatically mounted it inside media/user/harddrivename/, so far so good. Now I want to share the harddrive like the foldes I share in ...
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Home file amktelat52

Anyone know what this file in my home folder is it reads amktelat52 and it has a lock on it, I can't open or change it even in root, let me know if anyone knows what it is. I have two computers with ...
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Unable to access Windows files in Ubuntu 14.04 filing systems

So I got a USB flash drive and loaded Ubuntu 14.0.2 on it using Universal USB Installer and I got it working. I booted into Ubuntu successfully. The reason I am doing this is so I am ready if I ever ...
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How to unzip a file in terminal and spit it out with specific file name?

I know I run sudo unzip file.zip -d /path/to/dir, but is there anyway to specify the output file name?
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What happens if you Trash the Trash?

I was just wondering what would happen if I went and moved the Trash located here: /home/neo/.local/share/Trash To my Trash? I mean if I go to that folder and right-click on the contents and tell ...
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Icon stuck after moving files

I've recently found this thing after I moved a file onto my android. Basically, the file that you moved to your android got stuck anywhere. What I mean anywhere is this! Pictures! This bug is fixed ...
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File Manager Hang on Ubuntu 10.04

When I try to open a folder, it will display "Opening [folder]..." on the taskbar, but it shortly disappears and nothing happens. When I log out, something informs me that File Manager is not ...