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How to use commands with parameters that start with a dash “-”?

This may be a simple question, but how do I use files starting with "-" with command line programs? For example, I am trying to use pdfgrep on a file named -2013-01-01.pdf but it complains that ...
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special character in smb field in Printer dialog

I am trying to add a Windows printer via SAMBA from the New Printer dialog in Kubuntu 12.04. The smb:// field doesn't allow me to put special character or blank spaces, except for the underscore (see ...
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How to insert the Interpunct character in ubuntu?

Does anyone know how I can insert the Interpunct character (also known as midline decimal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpunct ) in Ubuntu. The combination mentioned in the Wikipedia article does ...
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Can not delete files containing special characters in the file name

I use Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) and I have a directory with many files, among them these two files: ./baer.jpg ./bär.jpg I would like to delete bär.jpg but I can't. If I type rm b and hit TAB, it shows ...
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Default keys “1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0” to input “! @ # $ % ^ & * ( )”

Doing math homework on a full keyboard. Would like the top row to be the special characters without holding shift.
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Problems installing VTK on ubuntu

When i try to install VTK with command ccmake . I get these errors: CMake Error: The following variables are used in this project, but they are set to NOTFOUND. Please set them or make sure they ...
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How do you write a macro for a special character in LibreOffice?

Does anyone know how to write a macro for a special character? I know LibreOffice currently doesn't have a way to set a special character to a keyboard shortcut. However, I want to work around this ...
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Accents - Nano editor

i am using NANO as my everyday text editor. I'm using an old laptop, so NANO it's fast, lightweight, and saves me battery. The only problem is the fact i can't use Special Characters and accents. For ...
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Something is wrong with folders containing special characters

I can create folder with special characters (example mkdir Öäväaä), but ls -l in terminal shows ??v?a?. WinScp and mc shows it right (Öäväaä). How can i make terminal to show me right characters?
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Applications named with special characters not showing up in the Dash

I recently downloaded and installed LÖVE (note the special character). If I type L in the dash, it is nowhere to be found. EVEN if I just launched LÖVE from the launcher, it does not show up in the ...
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Ubuntu logo into Unicode table

I was searching something into an Unicode table. Suddenly, I feel astonished cause I saw the Ubuntu logo, at line F200, column 00. A very small one is also available at F0E0, column 1F. Is it ...
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“Adding Esperanto circumflexes (supersigno)” option has no effect

I'm used to use the keyboard layout option to type the accentuated characters in Esperanto. This option is in System Settings > Keyboard Layout > Options > Adding Esperanto circumflexes (supersigno) ...
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How can I input punctuation marks like ellipsis?

In Mac OS X there are ways to input punctuation marks by combination of some keystrokes. For example, Alt + ; inputs a precomposed ellipsis character (…, U+2026). Alt + [ opens a curly double quote ...
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How do I force folder view sort order to not ignore special characters?

I have many folders in my home directory that have names that begin with special characters such as _OLD_500GB_HD or !FolderIWantToSeeAtTheTop, but for some reason these folders are sorted according ...
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How I type @ with a Latin American keyboard?

I used to press Ctrl + Alt + Q in Windows. I think I tried every combination in Ubuntu and @ doesn't appear.
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Does gnome-character-map include any math symbols?

I found gnome-character-map very useful application, when I need to construct simple math formula, it has greek letters, therefore I wanted to go further, does gnome-character-map have any other math ...
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Why do *nix folk like to use ``…'' rather than the " character?

At the risk of being flamed, I'd like to understand why some people prefer to use a ``construction'' of accent and single quote characters rather than the "double-quote" character when quoting things? ...
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How to change the keyboard-layout in the console, with special characters?

I want to use the dvorak-fr-bepo keymap in the console (tty1 to 6) when I type Ctrl + Alt + F1. In particular, I need the special characters as "Ê" or "ç" since there are some in my password. So ...
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Apt-get update with an @ in password error

I want to update ubuntu 11.04 throught apt-get. So I added the following lines in apt.conf export http_proxy=http://username:password@proxyserver.net:port/ export ...
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How do I include a comma in an Apt pin definition?

I'd like to create an Apt preference file with a pin definition that matches packages originating from Google, Inc.. The following definition doesn't seem to be doing anything: Package: * Pin: ...
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how to use grep in a conditional search previous to a sed text replace command

I am trying to change the path in whole lot of m3u files. I know I can do it with regexxer f.e. but I'm trying to learn bash. This is the command I figured out, but it is not working. grep -lr -i -e ...
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Understanding this shell statement

I admit it is a homework but I am lost in explaining the following command line: WARNING: This is a so called FORK BOMB! This command line can and will crash your pc by consuming all RAM and CPU ...
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Gnome “Character Palette” applet alternative for KDE [closed]

I recently turn to KDE, and I love plasma. The only think I miss is the Character Palette applet (http://library.gnome.org/users/char-palette). It is not a matter of accents or so, I use to mail ...
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cannot insert backslash with bash, python, works fine with csh, idle

I have a strange problem with inserting backslashes (Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04, the upgrade changed nothing). The key combination on my keyboard (Swedish Thinkpad T400) is AltGr + ?. However, this seems ...
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Tool to convert accented characters to HTML entities?

Is there a tool (command-line is fine) that can convert accented characters to HTML entities in Ubuntu? Preferably recursively and without also converting html/php tags. e.g. from: é to: é ...
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How do I make Cedilla (ç) character available in English USA? [duplicate]

I need the character Cedilla working my English USA Ubuntu Natty but when use the normal combination ' then c I get this ć. In the previous versions I used this solution: [SOLVED] Getting ç cedilla ...
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What could I use instead of the GNOME panel applet “Character Palette” in unity

As there is nothing like GNOME panel applets in Unity, I would like to ask about some possibility to supercede the "Character Palette", a function that I used a lot for comfortable embedding of ...
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Is it possible to type a thin and hair space without entering the Unicode?

Is it possible to type a hair space (u200a) and a thin space (u2009) in Ubuntu without entering the Unicode code? Something with the Compose key?
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How can I type Japanese characters?

What is the way to be able to type Japanese characters? Could someone make a how-to in order to explain the few steps to get it?
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Cannot type backquote or backtick in xterm

Ubuntu 10.10, 32 bit, XTerm(261), Keyboard layout = Canadian Somehow, the backquote (backtick = `) character can't be input does not get entered in XTerm. I type it and nothing happens. The cursor ...
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Spanish characters on a (fr_CA) QWERTY keyboard

I've just spent about half an hour reading forums and such, so in short of finding a working solution, I ask this here. All solutions found so far consist of english (US) keyboards writing spanish ...
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How do I complete the Gnome Character Map with missing Unicode characters?

I often use the Gnome Character Map accessory to find characters I didn't know, with a view to surprising friends with exclusive drawings. However the program is not complete and lacks some characters ...
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Problem using “slash character” / key-shortcut

A few hours ago, the only shortcut for the "slash character" fn+0 stopped working in my Ubuntu environment. I know it is not a physical error, because it is still working on my" root user". What can ...
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How can I search for filenames with special characters?

How can I search for filenames with special characters? I'd like to search this folder for any files or subfolders that contain special characters. I'd also like to do this with one string if possible ...
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Quotation marks in Ubuntu Terminal

I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 as a guest in VMWare. When I am using quotations marks in terminal, the first pressing of the key produces nothing, while the second one produces a double quotation mark looking ...