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

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How to mount a yaffs2 filesystem

I have a .img file that uses the yaffs2 filesystem (an Android partition image) that I want to mount. I can't seem to do it with the mount command. How can I do this? I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. Also, I ...
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Is possible to make symlinks that 'follow' the file?

Behavior: me@local: tree . |-- ba | `-- file.txt |-- foo | `-- file.txt -> ba/file.txt `-- foobar now, let's say i move the file.txt from ba to foobar: me@local: mv ba/file.txt ...
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Why can't i paste anything under the /usr/ folder?

I just wanted to install a theme for the start up screen and I have to copy some files over here to /usr/share/kde4/apps/ksplash/Themes/. But the answer i get is: Access denied. Could not write to ...
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Which is better for a home media server: zfs or btrfs or LVM/md? [closed]

I'm looking at building a new home server and would like a flexible filesystem. Both btrfs and zfs are interesting. I want to be able to do soft raid and have flexible solution allowing me to expand ...
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How to partition my hard drive for Ubuntu use?

Till now I was windows user. From now on I want to use only Linux. I have 500Gb HDD. How do I partition it properly? I read that there is no right or wrong way, but still, I am confused. I did ...
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Find out what filesystem a file or directory is part of

I have a lot of filesystems: / on a PCI-E SSD swap on a SATA SSD /media/ned is a RAID5 array /tmp lives on RAM Parts of /home/oli are symlinked and bind-mounted in from ned I also have /media/jeff/ ...
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What is the best way to partition, and what is the best file-system for a new Hard Disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's your recommendation on drive partitioning schemes for a desktop and home server? Is Btrfs in Maverick considered stable? Bonus: What is the "best" filesystem ...
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How to combine similarly structured directories?

I have two directories that look like this: /folder1/sub1/file1.txt /folder1/sub1/file2.txt /folder1/sub2/file1.txt /folder1/sub2/file2.txt /folder2/sub1/file3.txt /folder2/sub1/file4.txt ...
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Default file system on ubuntu 12.10

Why does ubuntu 12.10 default to ext2 file system? Is ext4 not stable enough?
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Find a file with exact name without using wildcard

I have been using Ubuntu for abuot 2 weeks and and still frustrated with simple file operations. I want to find a file called 9.jpg. Every internal command and 3rd party program I have tried, gives ...
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What is the default permission for /var/www?

After upgrading to 12.04, I had to reinstall the LAMP stack. Then I brought all my www project folders from a pen drive to the /var/www folder (using sudo nautilus, and dragging the files in there). ...
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What triggers file system check?

What are the conditions that trigger file system check at system startup in Ubuntu 11.10?
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Search files by name instantly

Under Windows there is a smart software "Everything" listening to changes in NTFS that allows it to search files by names instantly - for a second or less. Is there such ability for Ubuntu?
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Which union filesystem is best supported?

I'm interested in knowing the answer to this unanswered question from the Ubuntu Forums: I am trying to get one folder to display the content of two other folders. ... I am a bit troubled by ...
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My home directory just goes away. Why?

I'm running an older Dell GX280, with a new 500GB drive and 2GB RAM. Fresh install with my ~ directory copied from an older HD I got the 500GB to replace. I think I'm running ext4 on both my / and ...
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How do I auto mount my partition?

I've a partition on /dev/sda2 of 279 GB Ext4 filesystem, but I'm not able to auto mount it on login. I've added the partition entry /dev/sda /home ext4 defaults 0 0 in /etc/fstabt still it ...
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How can I make nautilus use my installed FUSE file systems automatically?

Is there a way to have Nautilus automatically use my FUSE file systems to (for example) open ISOs as folders, or archives as folders, or what ever other 'locations' FUSE supports?
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What is the default behaviour of atime?

I have an Ubuntu 11.04 installation. The /home directory is on a partition which uses the ext4 filesystem. I haven't changed the default configuration so the filesystem is mounted at boot time with ...
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How can I know which folders are created by which program?

I have /usr/share/gtksourceview-2.0/ and I think it maybe due to Mousepad or Geany or Medit text editors. But how can I know for sure without uninstalling them and reinstalling one-by-one? (I don't ...
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What is the easiest way to merge / and /home?

I have a separate / and /home partition. Both have the same filesystem (ext4.) How can I merge them? (What is the easiest way to merge them?)
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What's wrong with my ext4 partition?

What is wrong with this picture? Top is output from "df -h", bottom is gparted. I suspect I'm missing a lot of free space. No problems other than that (yet). Can somebody suggest the best ...
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Can I configure low disk space warning to a lesser threshold?

Ubuntu warns me about low disk space even when there are about 2 GiBs free. For me "low disk space" is 50 MiB or less as I use to use my disks at 100% capacity. The warning could be useful for me if ...
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Can I undo file operations?

When do you think to add the "undo file operations" like Windows does? If (for a mistake) I move a file I want to CRTL+Z to undo the operation.
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File rollback in U1

We have an XLS file that has been corrupted (we use LibreOffice and it appears that some sort of corruption has taken place). The corrupted file then synced to U1. Is it possible to rollback or ...
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Guide to installing a fully encrypted file system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to create an encrypted partition? I have a little Netbook on which I want to install Ubuntu 10.10 (32-Bit) on. However, since it is a portable PC I want to ...
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What is the best way to keep all your files when moving from Windows to Ubuntu?

I've been planning to change my OS to Ubuntu, but my hard disk contains 750GB of files (in two NTFS partitions: 250GB and 700GB). I know that it is possible to keep the larger partition and install ...
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How to Mount NFS Root in Maverick

After upgrading to 10.10 Maverick, my NFS root is not mounted correctly during boot. What is the correct method? 10.04 and earlier I had my /etc/fstab setup to use /dev/nfs as my root device, but it ...
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Best FS for SSD as of 10.10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I optimize the OS for SSDs? Given what I think is a common scenario: SSD used as boot disk Conventional HD(s) for bulk storage Ubuntu 10.10 What's the best ...
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What is the significance of permission of `/etc`?

Trying to replicate the problem described in "/etc/profile permission denied!" where OP of the post in her comments mentions the permission string for her /etc directory being drw-r--r--. I issued ...
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Can I override an SD card's write-protect switch?

The write-protect switch on an SD card doesn't connect to any internal electronics, so it must just be respected by the software controlling the card reader. Is there any way for me to override this ...
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Installing Ubuntu 14.04 on a F2FS partition

How can I install Ubuntu 14.04 on a F2FS partition? I created the partition with Gparted but during the installation the Ubuntu installer could not recognize the filesystem on the partition. I heard ...
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Ubuntu goes into read-only mode randomly

For the last few days, my Ubuntu 12.10 has been going to read-only mode randomly, making me unable to save any edited files, and forcing me to restart my computer, which is a pain because this is the ...
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How to layout the filesystem for a small SSD and a big HDD?

Since I don't use my laptop's CD-drive I want to put a small (8 GB) SSD into the CD-drive slot (I'll use a caddy similar to this one). I want to use compressed btrfs on the SSD and put all the data on ...
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How to automount removable devices with options?

I'd like to automount (using the XFCE desktop) USB devices with Btrfs. This works as with any other filesystem just by plugging it in and waiting for two or three seconds for it to appear under ...
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Where should a non-administrative user save a CA certificate?

I have a CA certificate that I use to connect to a WPA2 Enterprise wireless network. Where within my home folder should I store the .crt file? I don't see anything in the Filesystem Hierarchy ...
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SSHFS files from one server to another

I am trying to find the most secure way to transfer files from one server to another. I have the following architecture: Currently I am using the main user salamis in order to mount the ...
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Not mounting/finding 1TB NTFS drive

I am having trouble with Ubuntu recognizing/finding/mounting one of my hard drives. I dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7. I had Ubuntu 10.04 and all drives showed up under "Places" I could click on any ...
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Ubuntu installer thinks my drive is empty, does not see windows paritions

I am trying to install Ubuntu10.10 64bit. I just installed Windows 7 64bit moments ago. My drive is currently partitioned like so: 100MB Boot partition (automatically made by windows 7 installer) ...
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Damaged SD card (badly unmounted?) How to fix?

First Off I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 on a laptop with a built in card reader. I have a sandisk 8Gig micro sd card that came with my HTC Desire HD phone. Unfortunately I had mounted it to a windows ...
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What software is available to de-fragment Ubuntu filesystems?

I would like to defragment Ubuntu; however, I cannot find software that I can download. What is available?
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How do I remove an application? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to uninstall software How do I remove an app (Tonido) in Ubuntu?
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Is 1.abc!``!+123 a valid file name?

Is this a valid file name 1.abc!``!+123 in Ubuntu? I issued the command rm 1.abc!``!+123 and got error message -bash: !``!+123: event not find Why? How to I delete the file?
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Which book should I buy to learn file system in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to understand the Ubuntu file system layout? I am very new to Ubuntu and Linux and looking to learn Ubuntu/Linux. Which book should I buy to learn file system in ...
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Must apps submitted to the Software Center run from the /opt directory?

I read this question, but I'm more confused yet. In developer.ubuntu.com/showdown I read: "(2) run out of /opt" (I understand "run out" is not in /opt *Am I wrong?*) In ...
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I created a separate /home partition, is this a good idea?

I have a question that I do not know exactly how to address, so I'm deeply sorry if this one has already been posted by other users. I'm an extremely newbie with Linux, but very eager to learn. ...
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Cannot mount second drive at “/”

I have a second drive that I want to be mounted at the root. The drive contains the following folders: /home /shared I want those two folders to be accessible at "/". I can mount the drive at ...
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Gtk-WARNING : Calling Inhibit failed

I was trying to use gedit, when I came across the following problem: myPC@TM77:~$ sudo gedit /etc/pm/config.d/config (gedit:12512): IBUS-WARNING **: The owner of /home/myPC/.config/ibus/bus is not ...
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Cdrom is mounted, but where?

A Nautilus folder will be opened automatically when inserting a CD in a drive. It is under Devices with name Audiodisk. As long as the files are accessed via Nautilus everything is fine. The problem ...
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How to check which filesystem current kernel supports?

I would like to know if it's possible to check which filesystems my kernel supports. (like btrfs, raiserfs, exfat, ...). Man mount shows many options, but it's not really possible to use all
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What are these files in my /dev directory?

I know that most devices are presented in the /dev directory, but only now have I actually noticed two very strange, yet familiar names in there... I'm talking about stdin@ and stdout@ down there: ...