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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 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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ubuntu å vs osx å?

Not sure if this is a ubuntu or osx question, but I'll start here. I'll leave it to the mods to move the question to AskDifferent if more apropriate. I moved a file from ubuntu to osx using scp on ...
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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 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 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 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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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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How to type the Indian Rupee Symbol?

I want to type the Indian Rupee Symbol. So I went to System Settings >> Keyboard Layout and clicked on the Options button. Under the Adding Currency signs to keys sections, I checked the Rupee on 4 ...
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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 type half Hindi character with Hindi (Bolnagri) layout?

I'm using Hindi (Bolnagri) layout to type in Hindi. I'm typing in Hindi for first time. My problem is, I want to type स्वाद. How do I type that half स? EDIT 1: How to type औ with this layout? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 and row OO. A very small one is also available at FOEO / 1F. Is it because this ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Can't type non-english characters in certain places

In certain text fields I can't type non-english characters at all (I type a character, nothing happens). Examples are: Unity dash search field Chromium address bar Pidgin message box Gajim message ...
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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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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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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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Special Characters in 14.04 with Alt Right [duplicate]

I was using Right Alt for special characters to my great satisfaction. Now after upgrading to 14.04 not only it doesn't work but the key is stubbornly launching the HUD. Worse: The keyboard settings ...
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How to make a custom keyboard layout? [duplicate]

Can I create a new keyboard layout or add Unicode characters to my current keyboard layout in Ubuntu? I have found something called KMFL (Keyboard Mapping for Linux), however, I could not install 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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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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type French accents with US international keyboard [duplicate]

I am running Lubuntu on my laptop and would like to write French accents with a US keyboard. I find the compose key solution ([Alt]+[accent] at the same time, followed by a [letter]) not that handy... ...
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How can I assign Spanish characters on a French Canadian netbook keyboard

I would like to assign Alt Gr + n to type ñ Alt Gr + i to type ¡ Alt Gr + g to type ¿ How can I program those key combinations? Ubuntu 12.04, Mini Dell 9 netbook, French Canadian keyboard ...
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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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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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Need to replace space with  

I'm trying to replace all spaces in a text with the HTML space. cat test.txt | sed -e 's/ / /g' But it returs without the & sign. This nbsp;is nbsp;a nbsp;sample nbsp;text. How do I ...
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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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How to type special character on ubuntu

A bit silly, but I can't type this character ಠ, on ubuntu. Some page say it should be this way Ctrl+Shift type u0CA0 But it doesnt do anything. Even I find a shortcut for sublime that I didn't ...
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Special characters in /etc/issue

For some reason the color escape characters in my /etc/issue file are not working. They're being displayed as text: Here is the content of the file: ^[[1;31mUbuntu^[[0m And it outputs the exact ...
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Copy & paste non-ASCII characters to an Emacs window from another window doesn't work correctly

I work with emacs with iso-8859-1 coding system. I use emacs23. I have these lines in my .emacs file: (setq default-buffer-file-coding-system 'iso-8859-1) (set-selection-coding-system 'iso-8859-1) ...
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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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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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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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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 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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LibreOffice-writer : Can I add shortcut-key for special characters? [duplicate]

In ms-office-word shortcut-key for special characters can be applied as following: But now I am using Libre-office Which is pre-installed with Ubuntu! and want to put shortcut-key for special ...
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Dropbox and LibreOffice don't like my Icelandic file names (Elementary OS, Ubuntu 12.04)

I have some strange bugs possibly related to character encoding or problems with filenames, here are some clues: Clue #1: LibreOffice Writer 4.1 won't open files with Icelandic characters in the file ...
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Weird Characters in gmusicbrowser Xubuntu 13.10

one problem. When the shimmer desktop theme in gmusicbrowser in Xubuntu 13.10, i have weird characters like the letter A acting as separators between artist, year and album. Any idea what could i do ...
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encoding and decoding in gedit

Sometimes in gedit, when I save a text file with special characters (such as Greek characters, math notations, Chinese characters) I copy from some webpage and am about the exit gedit, it will warn me ...
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Hungarian accented keys (áíúöüóúű) stopped working after messing with wine [closed]

Here is my problem, I would really appreciate some help! Hungarian accented characters (áíúöüóúű) stopped working. I use ubuntu through VNC, and I was trying to install wine. The install process from ...
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Does Ubuntu One handles special characters? [closed]

Does Ubuntu One have problems with special characters in the path? C:\Documents and Settings\René\Ubuntu One This path seems to cause immediate problems. It can't sync and when I try to add a ...