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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?

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 ...