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Why gnome-session is outputting so many logs?

I found an old bug about this, here. And lazy answer here. But I'm not sure because of this answer. Why its reaching around 30 GBs? Is it necessary or is this bug? I deleted file because it filled ...
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.desktop icon sizing

I have a single question, but am trying to accomplish two things. 1.Fix an icon that suddenly went missing. 2.Create my own icons. I know that the icons are usually defined in /usr/share/applications/...
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Once you install a Ubuntu flavor (eg lubuntu) can you change the desktop environment?

Once you install a flavour that uses a specific desktop environment, can you change the desktop? I installed lubuntu on my computer, but I want to use the unity desktop. I installed it with sudo apt-...
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When mounting USB in Cinnamon Unity desktop shows up

Every time I mount USB disk and system mounts it Unity desktop comes to te front. It changes wallpaper and shows icons but I cannot click them. If you look at the screenshot above icons on the ...
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GTK WARNING: Cannot open display on all applications

I am using Ubuntu 15.04. I ran a series of commands (apt-get autoremove, apt-get -f install, apt-get autoclean) when trying to install teamviewer and reinstall vlc and I managed to get my UI ...
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Unable to change title bar color

This is the current title bar with no effect from the theme This is the title bar I expect with the sample theme I am unable to change my title bar color and theme. I use Ubuntu tweak, unity ...
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Make window backgrounds semi-transparent

I want to make window backgrounds semi-transparent while keeping the window elements such as text and icons and other stuff(like controls) on top of it opaque. Till now, I have stumbled upon ways to ...
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Making window controls/menu appear permanently

I use Ubuntu 15.10 and I Wrote a few things on Google such as "disable hover window controls ubuntu" or "make window controls appear permanent" etc but didn't find something that seems relevant. ...
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Install latest GNOME version alongside Unity without deleting Unity's original package version

How can I install gnome-shell without breaking anything from unity, in a way I don't break any of the packages, for example, keeping Unity's and Gnome's System Settings 'app' and keeping both Unity's ...
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File explorer has 'video DVD' bar at the top

When I open the file explorer and go into one of my NTFS partitions, I have a bar there at the top that says 'Video DVD' and at the end of the bar is a button called video that opens up VLC and tries ...
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Can't install ubuntu-desktop after removing unity-scope-*

I read that application search in the dash can be sped up by disabling or removing some Unity scopes from it. I was dumb enough to remove all the scopes by running sudo apt-get remove unity-scope* ...
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sidebar and top menu disappear after update in 14.04

EDIT: I tried the solutions suggested in Unity doesn't load, no Launcher, no Dash appears. that helped a little, thank you! I have launcher and dash back, but not the top bar. (basically, I ...
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CompizConfig Settings Manager : application switcher not working

My CompizConfig Settings Manager shows all the app switcher. Ring and shift switcher work fine. But application switcher and static application switcher leads to no unity. Like this Unity doesn'...
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How to set minimise and maximise effects via command line

I am making install script for my home (and friend's) pc. I want to make the minimise and maximise animation Sidekick. So far i found this: dconf write /org/compiz/profiles/unity/plugins/animation/...
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Eclipse wont's start from unity launcher or from app menu. Ubuntu 14.04

I have downloaded and extracted eclipe on my pc. I have started id as non-super user(double click on eclipse gear icon) and as super user(from terminal) and it works. The problem is that I cannot ...
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Conky: Ubuntu 15.10 my RC's now open with a menu bar

I have been running 14.04 for a long time now and I just built a new work PC that 14.04 wouldn't install on (wouldn't recognize GPU during install). After 15.10 install and getting my conky rc's ...
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Change the “Selected Items” colour for non-focus fields

In Ubuntu 15.10, how does one change the "Selected Items" color for non-focus fields. Here is an example selected line that is coloured brightly when the field has focus: However, the selected line ...
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What could possibly cause openshot to make the Static Application Switcher crash Ubuntu?

Today I observed a weird behavior in Ubuntu 14.04. I installed openshot and soon after I tried to alt-tab between applications using the Static Application Switcher from Compiz. This caused the ...
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Need syntax for GConf to move a window

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04.5 and multiple workspaces. I used gconf-2 to change the shortcuts to browse left and right through workspaces; instead of "Ctrl+Alt+Left" (or Right) I use "Ctrl+Alt+>" (or W). ...
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Color Unity HUD based on Compiz wallpaper

I use the Compiz wallpaper plugin for my wallpaper, as I like the spanning and sliding it does, but I have one problem with it: It doesn't set the Unity dash colors. Is there any way to make it work?
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Can't disable a ctrl+alt+h keyboard shortcut

On ubuntu 14.04, I'm trying to use ctrl-shift-h in intellij IDEA (call hierarchy). However this combination is apparently bound to "maximize window horizontally". The latter overrides the action in ...
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How do I get rid of this stupid system tray utility?

By default, Ubuntu hides all but a few of the system tray icons in Ubuntu's notification area. A while ago I had a reason to want the hidden ones to show up, so I installed a utility that shows the ...
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On the taskbar, show Windows that are open on only the desktop I'm using. Unity

A few questions have been asked about workspaces, but I only have one workspace but a 3 monitor set up. I'd like to only see the windows that are open in each window display on unities taskbar. ...
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knocking sound from speaker

I am hearing a repeated knocking sound from the speakers when they are idle, it goes away if i mute them or use them but other its a constant tak, tak, tak, tak, ... with about .5 sec between It ...
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separate meta and hyper keys in unity with XKB

I want to use Caps Lock for the Hyper key because I need it in Emacs, so in /etc/default/keyboard I use the relevant XKBOPTIONS. However, Unity seems to react to both: even though it passes Hyper_L ...
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Desktop and Launch Bar gone

On Toshiba Satellite L300 running Ubuntu 14.04 for no obvious reason the desktop has vanished and using the mouse reveals 4 Untitled Folders which are empty. There is no Launch bar. Have tried various ...
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how to make unity available on login-screen

I've installed unity over kubuntu 15.10 and I can see it on the login screen. how could I do to make it available?
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Arc Theme not changing launcher

I have just installed the Arc theme on Ubuntu 15.10. However, I noticed that the launcher did not update - it is still the default launcher, save for the icon pack I downloaded. Taking a look at the ...
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Global keybindings to commands or shell scripts in i3

In i3 volume control is not handled by fn Right or Left arrow key. I currently have to put the following in a terminal: amixer -D pulse sset Master 5%+(or-) Which i do by way of an alias vup/vdown. Is ...
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graphics problem after update to Ubuntu 14.04, kernel 3.16.0-62 (and predecessor)

I did a system update on the 14.04 installation on my laptop, yesterday. After rebooting, all seemed fine until after I entered my password in the login screen. As usual the login disappeared leaving ...
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Stuck Unity desktop Hand icon Ubuntu 15.10

In trying to drag and drop a PNG imagine to my chrome browser window my desktop is in an hung state. The mouse pointer is now a small hand icon. I can't click any window buttons. How to I recover ...
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How to restart unresponsive Unity desktop from shell?

PREFACE: I have tried the methods listed on this page to restart an unresponsive Unity shell on my system running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: How to properly restart unity? The Alt-F2 method doesn't work ...
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How do I pin my windows to a specific display?

I have two displays connected to my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS workstation. I use these monitors with a number of other servers using a VGA Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) switch (only the left monitor is connected ...
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Unity Tweak Tool close session

I have installed Unity Tweak Tool and some times, when I change some of the options it closes all the programs and also the session. Now I cannot even start a session because it closes when it ...
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I just upgraded from Ubuntu Trusty from 14.04.3 to 14.04.4 and noticed the launcher lost its transparency. How do I get it back?

If you lost launcher transparency in Unity (as in becoming opaque) after an upgrade from 14.04.3 to 14.04.4, you can do the following to get transparency back. Following is what worked for me after ...
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Title Bar does not change on switching the theme

If I select Radiance or Ambiance in the menu show in the following picture, my whole theme does not change. It doesn't changes the title bar as shown in the picture. How can I resolve this problem? ...
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Moved my /home folder to new partition, now unity launcher doesn't show any applications

I followed this tutorial: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Partitioning/Home/Moving and moved my /home folder to a different hard drive (I have an ssd split into two partitions for windows 10/...
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why does text scaling factor change randomly when i shut machine down?

currently dual booted ubuntu 15.10 and windows 10, and by default with the text scaling factor set at 1.0 everything was too small. cursor, words, everything. read about others who had similar problem ...
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dpkg: error processing package unity-scope-gdrive

SEcond post of the day...not looking good... (Apologies if the code in this post isn't formatted correctly, used the post code sample function). I had this issue: dpkg: error processing package ...
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Graphic elments fall apart after install new RAM

I have installed a new RAM module and after that graphics elements in Unity are falling apart. (See attachment.) In some applications this problem appear, but non in others (ad.: in Chrome). I ran ...
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Window content refresh issue

I notice a rather annoying issue with window content refresh. I do need to always press F5 to see the content updated. For example, if I'm in terminal and delete or move some files from, let's say, ...
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Illegible Devanagari Vowells

I am with Ubuntu 15.10 and I have several problems with the Devanagari supra applied vowels as, e o au ai, that are not understood by the Golden Dictionary, Stardict as also by the Dictionaries and by ...
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Desktop login fails/loops , “Could not get UID of name …”

With Ubuntu 14.04.4, I cannot login with the unity desktop. No answer from Desktop login fails, terminal works helped. After latest update for 14.04, cannot log in to any user account did not help ...
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Cant swap ESC with CAPS LOCK

I read a lot o guides on this theme, and this guide worked for me:How to permanently switch Caps Lock and Esc However after some recent update it does not work. Additionally i reseted the dconf-...
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Unity Control Center removed after installing AMD proprietary drivers

I have installed the AMD proprietary drivers from the Additional Drivers list and everything seemed fine. Then I realized that the "System Settings..." option in the Ubuntu Power Off button in the top-...
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lagging when open foreground application ubuntu 14.04

i have problem with performance on ubuntu 14.04 64 bit (fresh install), when i finished install ubuntu on my computer, its look fine but after while its so laggy, i check the process (with top) some ...
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User Permissions after PC Name Change

I made a mistake on my PC name when i installed 14.04. I altered the name via the netbios command, but have since run into issues. Do I need to update my user groups? permissions? Any advice please
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Since I installed 14.04 I'm missing app indicator for sonata

I don't know if there ever was an app-indicator for Sonata. I had Linux Mint before. Does anyone knows how to restore / install it on Ubuntu 14 (unity)? As an alternative, is there a good (slim, ...
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How Do I Update Firefox's Adobe flash and Chrome's Version(alng with the Unity Plugin)

I am Not sure How to Update Adobe flash On My PC. It Says "Fire Fox Has Banned The Outdated Plugin Adobe flash from running on this site"and when I click on unblock it says that it needs to be updated ...
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How can i speed up unity on first boot? It's very slow when turn on turn on pc, and only recovers speed with reboot, until next power off

Unity stays very slow when pc turns on, but when i reboot it speed gets normal, which is very fast. Notebook is a Toshiba Satellite with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Trinity [Radeon HD ...