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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Replacing some characters in the previous command

Sometimes, being rushed, it is possible to type some characters wrong in a command-line. If the command is long, the mistake correction may be cumbersome (using arrow keys). So the problem is: how can ...
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Rsync between Ubuntu and Mac: how to get the iconv option to work

I usually backup between two Ubuntu machines, but I now want to use rsync to backup my Ubuntu server with a disk residing on a Mac. But I do not get it to work properly. The first time all is well, ...
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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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Customizing the Compose key's behavior?

I'm trying to make it so that these compose sequences produce these characters: AA ==> Ä OO ==> Ö UU ==> Ü aa ==> ä oo ==> ö uu ==> ü I tried modifying my ~/.XCompose, and my ...
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Strange autocompletion behavior

Well...I'm so confused, cause the only real problem in my case is freaking apostrophe ('). Situation: expanding PATH variable influence word completion, based on whether was apostrophes in additional ...