Questions dealing with Ubuntu's layout of files, permissions, and files that reside in special locations on disk.

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Double click not working as expected in file manager

I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on my laptop. I have a Dell XPS l502x which works very good. I just noticed this (possible bug?) with Ubuntu 14.04 while in the file manager in the home folder. When I ...
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Inconsistent parent directory of all symlinks

A large portion of my system depends on symbolic links, so this is a very serious problem. I do something like the following cd mkdir test mkdir other cd test ln -s ../other/ # So ~/test contains a ...
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Files saved with Ubuntu is not visible in Windows 8

I have dual booted my laptop with ubuntu 12.10 and windows 8. When I download some file via ubuntu (e.g a pdf) and save it on a windows partition(NTFS), I do not see it through windows 8. Even when I ...
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Grub corrupted and etc directory missing

I have a dual installation with Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7. I was in windows, I had to restart my machine and my grub was not loading. I used boot-repair to load my grub. However, my linux ...
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Moving Kubuntu from hdd to ssd

I bought a new SSD to install it in my HTPC. Before, I had an HDD with Kubuntu. I would need to copy the files from the / partition from HDD to SSD. To do this, I booted from the Kubuntu livecd, ...
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How do I interpret the output of the filefrag command?

I have a dump file in my system that has confidential data in it. I tried using the filefrag command to open it. The output is: root@sateesh935-SVE15115ENB:/home/sateesh935/Desktop/g3# filefrag -v ...
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Ubuntu Server 12.04 start fails after update

I did an system update on Ubuntu Server 12.04, which requested a reboot. Since that, the system never reaches the login. It hangs on: mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: No such file or ...
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ntfs-3g Failed to decompress file

For years the logs of my Ubuntu systems sharing drives with a Windows installation have been routinely flooding logs with: Mar 17 11:00:50 kemosabi ntfs-3g[483]: ntfs_attr_pread error reading ...
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Sanddisk drive write protected

My sanddisk usb write protected i tried ashokkrishna@ashokkrishna-Lenovo-B560:~$ sudo mount -o rw /dev/sdc1 /mnt mount: block device /dev/sdc1 is write-protected, mounting read-only # sudo mkfs -t ...
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Minimizing effects of large number of files

I need to manage a filesystem with a large number of files (hundreds of thousands). This filesystem is rsynced periodically. The vast majority of files don't change often, but since there's so many, ...
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mtp usage: how to mount and transfer files to and from a Samsung: Galaxy model Android phone

how do I use mtpfs to read/write to a USB connected Android phone, connected as a mass storage device: thufir@dur:~$ thufir@dur:~$ mkdir phone thufir@dur:~$ thufir@dur:~$ sudo mtpfs -o allow_other ...
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How can I get rid of /etc/../run?

For some reason (most probably happened during an upgrade more than one year ago), my system has a directory called /etc/../run (strange, right?). It is empty but I cannot remove it: $ ls ...
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file missing, help with recovery

I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Windows 7 as dual boot. While on Ubuntu, I was using files and folders from the windows partition. I made a folder in the windows partiton, copied in it a ".docx" document ...
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Where can I find a unified explanation of lower-level filesystem structure in Ubuntu?

This is not a duplicate question about file-system hierarchy that can be answered by pointing me toward man hier, ubuntu-policy, or something. I've looked at those questions. My problem is that I ...
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Does encrypting home folder during the installation also encrypt other user's home folder after the fact?

If I were to select the option to encrypt my home folder when installing Ubuntu, then does Ubuntu automatically encrypt other user's home folder that I create after I installed Ubuntu?
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Deduplication using SDFS file system

I am trying deduplication with sdfs.(ubuntu 13.10 on Vm). (http://opendedup.org/quickstart) followed the same steps as this mounted the file system on /media/pool0/ When copied a directory ...
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Why some web pages/files saved to NTFS can be accessed in Ubuntu but not in Windows OS ?

I'm having problem opening files which I saved in Ubuntu with Firefox web browsers "Save Page As" in a NTFS partition. The files can be viewed/accessed (using web browsers or text editors or word ...
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GParted bricked my USB Drive

I tried to use GParted to rename my USB Drive. Everything appeared to run smoothly, but when I removed the drive and reinserted it, it wouldn't mount. I can see the USB initialisation in dmesg, and ...
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lvreduce too much. Can I recover this?

I was trying to take a hard drive out of a large LVM group consisting of 5 drives. It had a 5.5TB filesystem (ext4). The LV was 7.5TB. I wanted to reduce the LV by 1.82TiB so that I then could shrink ...
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Can't see system drive Sda1

I can't see my "C" drive any more (excuse the DOS notation) It doesn't show up in my home folder.The drive is partitioned into a 30GB Root and the rest reserved for data None of it shows up in my home ...
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saving screenshots from before OS is installed

I'm doing an assignment which requires me to take screenshots of everything I do, including taking screenshots of using using the partition manager in the "test" version of Ubuntu 12.10. How can I ...
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/sys/bus/usb/drivers/r8712u/new_id is unchangable

I got my newly purchased wireless stick to work, but I had to change the /sys/bus/usb/drivers/r8712u/new_id file during the process. I somehow managed to add the string "050d 11f1" to it, but it seems ...
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Question about Ubuntu 12.10 extracting a .tgz file in the wrong directory

I installed the Ubuntu 12.04 then I reinstalled Ubuntu 12.10 (the version along with Window 7) When I was using Ubuntu 12.04, I typed ls to show what file are listed in directory(included ...
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How can I change the standard files in nautilus?

I don't like the standard files in Nautilus (the ordering by data types - Images, Music, Videos, Documents etc.), how can I change this or can I change this ordering without getting problems with ...
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Live-Ubuntu 12.04 ran fine, now stopped booting!

I've seen similar problems to this several times in the forum, but mine is a bit different, so the other posts I saw were no help to me. When I boot Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit from live-SD-card (3GB ...
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Problem accessing second hard disk with Squeezebox server

I have recently re-purposed my old desktop PC as a 'server' running Ubuntu LTS 12.04. I want to use the machine as my primary squeezebox server in place of my HTPC MacMini (to reduce the strain on the ...
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Clean mounting HFS+ partition after power failure

I have a rather large external harddrive formatted in Apple's HFS+ format, and reformatting it is not an option for me. Now that I have a linux server at home, I have turned journalling off on the ...
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How do I Access Files from one Ubuntu Partition on Another

A terminal error occured on my computer and I found myself unable to log in to Ubuntu. To remedy this, I decided to simply install it again on a partition and then access my saved files on the old ...
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What files get edited when the system time changes?

If the system time is changed on Linux, what files get edited? I know the timezone is kept in etc/timezone but is there anything if the timezone is not changed, but the time is?
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Is O_NOATIME safe to ignore?

I am designing a filesystem to be implemented in FUSE. I have a question regarding what is allowed and best practice. There are 2 scenarios: User process calls open(..., O_NOATIME). Filesystem ...
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How to get rid of more than one million ghostfiles?

I periodically run Bleachbit 1.0 on my Lubuntu machine (kernel 3.13.0-35-generic). Last time, I checked the option to wipe free disk space, mainly to try it. The program got stuck on a message saying ...
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how to automount sda2 partition

How do I mount sda2 from sda1? thufir@doge:~$ thufir@doge:~$ sudo parted -l Model: ATA ST500DM002-1BD14 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B Partition Table: msdos ...
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Lost a desktop folder

I am pretty new to Linux and was trying to change the name of a desktop folder from Documents to Media when I got an error message about the pathway. I restarted the computer and lost the folder. I ...
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How to migrate to a newer hard disk?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and as I am very new to Linux I don't know how to copy my entire setup to a new disk. I have prepared a 500gb Hard disk drive with 5 partitions. I'd like to move my ...
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Saved document doesn't inform user about no-saving the information

I supported a person who received a .doc in Thunderbird as an email attachment, opened it, filled in a form and saved it. But the user couldn't find it anywhere. Thing is that is was saved in /tmp . ...
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What could possibly be changing the access time of old backedup files?

I am using ubuntu 14 LTS 64 bit. I keep backup of my source files in /var/src-backup/. I was examining the access date of all those files and it appears as though the files have been accessed at ...
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Ubuntu Server Var directory deleted

How can solve the problem of accidentally deleted var directory of Ubuntu amazon aws server.My website down right now.Support from amazon is paid service I am new to Ubuntu Hosting and unable to pay ...
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How to change the permissions of the sound devices so only audio users can read and write

Summary: I want to know how to change the permissions of my sound devices so that only my user can read and write to them. I thought this could be accomplished by chmod 0660 /dev/dsp* but /dev/dsp* ...
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Whenever I open my home (~) folder with nautilus, there is an endless loading

Ubuntu 14.04. Kernel 3.13.1-031301-generic. If I change to another folder the endless loading (*) from hard drive stops. I don't have much in that folder. Any idea what might cause that, or how I ...
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Why are the MBR and GRUB present as files in the Linux filesystem?

A computer's master boot record consists of raw binary and does not reside on any sort of partition. Legacy GRUB and GRUB 2 are installed to the sectors inbetween the end of the MBR and the start of ...
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Cannot delete a folder

I have Segate backup + 1TB external HDD recently since 1 month i am unable to copy the files effectively sometimes the copying is 10 kb/s like that. and sometimes iam getting error like Input/output ...
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Copy a file from one ext4 partition to other

I have two ext4 partition and I want to copy some files from one partition to other in GUI not using terminal, but it does not allow me to do so. It simply a root permission problem. I just want to ...
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How can I view thumbnails of pictures?

How can I copy the attributes of the pictures folder so that I can view thumbnails of pictures on, for example, network drives?
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remove files on NTFS with \n in the filename

I was moving files using Windows (had to at that time) from one NTFS partition to another but the computer switched off. Some files have been transferred, but some remain. I'm not able to delete them ...
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How do you restore an encrypted hard drive? Password being available

Installed by Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Installer: I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop onto my notebook PC, and I made a wrong decision to alter the file ownership and permissions from the root drive as ...
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Corrupted filesystem - unable to mount /home

Ubuntu 12.04 is not able to mount /home partition and I run: fsck /dev/sda5 which is in state Pass 1D: Reconciling multiply-claimed blocks (There are 41608 inodes containing multiply-claimed ...
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Retrieve data from a FreeSpace volume [previously ext4 volume]

Morning, Afternoon, Evening, any thing you wish. I'm using an HP-ProBook 4540S 750 Gb HDD 4 Gb of memory Intel Core i3-3110M CPU 2.40GHz x 4 I'm a software developper,so I use to install 2 Ubuntu ...
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How can I get rid of “scanning for btrfs filesystems” at start-up?

When I start up my computer, it says: "scanning for btrfs filesystems". I do need the btrfs-tools, but my btrfs filesystems are on a removable disk which is disconnected at start-up. Scanning for ...
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sharing drives, folders, and files between kububntu and windows running in virtualbox

am running kubuntu as my host and running windows 7 inside virtualbox. so far everthing is running fine, but as yet cant get it to let me share external drives, any folders or files on any of the ...
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Unable to mount cifs with iocharset=utf8 in trusty

When I try to mount a cifs share with option iocharset=utf8 I receive the error: mount error 79 = Can not access a needed shared library. What shared library am I missing?