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WARNING: terminal is not fully functional despite xterm-color

I have two Ubuntu VMs. On one of them, whenever I run git diff or git log, I see: WARNING: terminal is not fully functional I then get a horrible, monocolour diff (yech). How do I fix this? I ...
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Misconfigured Compiz and lost desktop usage [duplicate]

I disabled something in the compiz manager, I think I disabled the openGL plugin. Now nothing is showing on my desktop, I can not interact with anything and all I can see is the background wallpaper. ...
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How to create a theme with a picture panel svg or png for GNOME Flashback (Compiz), Unity, Gnome Classic?

How to create a theme with a picture panel svg or png for GNOME Flashback (Compiz) and GNOME Flashback (Metacity) and Unity in Ubuntu 14.04. How to create a theme with a picture panel (svg or png) ...
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System monitor borders missing

It seems that some applications the borders are missing, I noticed it on gnome-system-monitor, but thought not much of it as I don't really use it. But more applications are having this issue too now, ...
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dropbox icon disappears only for some users, while dropbox still loads

On Ubuntu 12.04 I have two users: for both Dropbox is installed and starts when logging in, but only one of the two can see the actual (white) Dropbox icon in top right tray: what is the problem with ...
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NVidia screen config

How do I restore the display config to the one I got during installation? I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 with dual nvidia gtx 570 connected to two screens. When I installed ubuntu at first I ran 13.10 ...
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How to fix System Settings window lag

I wanted to open System Settings window and I waited ~30s. Then the window was opened. My machine has an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM. What produces a lag in opening System Settings? How can ...
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Can't lock screen through unity

I can't lock my screen through keyboard shortcut or dropdown menu. Here's the twist - I CAN lock it by running gnome-screensaver-command -l in a terminal. How do I diagnose this?
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Super+digit takes precedence over Ctrl+Super+digit

I use Ctrl+Super+0-9 to switch workspace. I also use Super+0-9 to start programs that are pinned to the bar (unity default). The problem is that when I try to switch workspace, if I happen to press ...
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Unity wont work in Ubuntu 14.04 Virtualbox [closed]

When I try to boot up Unity 14.04 LTS On virtual box after installation, It says, "Sorry, Ubuntu 14.04 has experienced an internal error." Under the details, it says that the executable path is: ...
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Unity not loading after log in. CCSM wont work

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, and my Desktop is gone. After I log in, Unity would not start and I am stuck with just a working mouse cursor. I have a hybrid AMD-Graphic card and I have removed anything ...
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Is the window manager handling Wine applications differently?

I'm not exactly sure how to explain this; perhaps it is a bug. On some applications that a launched using Wine, if you switch window focus away from them, you cannot get the focus back. For example ...
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Unity launcher dissapears

When you open two or more windows of the same program, the icon in the Unity Laucher shows two or more arrows telling you there are more instances opened. And then when you click on the icon all the ...
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How do I find out if a configuration setting is running?

I use a High-DPI monitor on my Lenovo Yoga2 Laptop (like a retina display) so I have to change the overall font-scaling. There are many ways to set the text-scale-factor, for example dconf-editor, I ...
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Missing Unity Bar and top bar in 14.04, using Nvidia, with slightly stretched graphics

I'm new to Ubuntu, so apologies for not knowing the correct lingo for everything. I just upgraded to 14.04 on my Macbook Pro 5,5 (mid-2009). 13.04 worked great, but I'm having some issues with 14.04. ...
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Adjust urgent animation's time span?

Currently in Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity 7.2.0, when you receive a message from an instant messenger client (or anything else that would classify as the application needing attention), that icon in your ...
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How do I get my Unity login screen back after installing Lubuntu Desktop on 14.04?

I have installed lubuntu-desktop and xfce4 on a Ubuntu 14.04 installation. After doing so, my login screen changed. I have tried resetting my LightDM and attempted to modify the lightdm file, where ...
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set up windows on a workspace

I'd like to set up a command that can restore all of my windows after a reboot. I typically have a set of windows per workspace (multiple monitors) for a particular task. After I reboot (which is ...
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trash media to eject it, like in OS X [closed]

Is there some simple way to make Trash treat removable media as OS X's Trash does? (It treats drag and drop of the media to the Trash as eject, actually changing the icon from a trash basket to an ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 and shortcuts

I've upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.04 to 14.04 and now have some problems with system shortcuts. It's in such menus, as Launchers (Launch terminal), Navigation (Switch to another workspace), Windows ...
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Strange glitches on initial login

After a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 with full-disk encryption, my computer boots up fairly quickly. When I first log in to my account, four strange glitches happen all at the same time, and all ...
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Why does my program crash if it doesn't fit in the display?

I used to make programs for my E-ink PocketBook using SDK from http://pbsdk.vlasovsoft.net/ on 32bit Ubuntu 12.04, and it worked great. Recently I went to 14.04 64bit. I use gcc with the -m32 option ...
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Ubuntu unity error after kubuntu-desktop

After installing kubuntu-desktop, when I log into a default unity session there are some minor cosmetic errors. The drop down menus (File, Edit, etc) have black words on the black menu and the ...
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Cannot access installed applications from HUD

I was trying to get rid of dash plugins within the search, so I created & copied a list of my scopes and used: gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "[$(find ...
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slow graphics when cpu usage is high in 14.04

I just upgraded to 14.04 and it has an annoying issue to me. Whenever it is doing something CPU intensive (ie. encoding audio or video and the usage is over 80%) Unity goes veeerrry slowly. Windows ...
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Problem with icon arrangement in the laucher

I'm having a problem with selecting and arranging the icons in the launcher panel. I had the same problem in 13.10. I hoped it would go away in 14.04 but unfortunately it hasn't. First, when I ...
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Unity will not log on

Unity will only log onto the guest version on my computer, when I type in my password normally it momentarily flashes to a black screen then return to the login screen. When running unity through ...
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Is there a way to set global/default system settings (specifically GUI Scaling)

I added Ubuntu 14.04 to my system (MacBookPro11,3) which has a HiDPI screen. In system settings, I was able to set the GUI scaling to 2.0 for my own account, and I'm happy about that. However, the ...
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Rounded Window Corners with Themes not Working

I am trying to use themes on Ubuntu (14.04) Unity and I am having some issues with that themes are not looking like they are supposed to look. Here is a screenshot: Notice that the top bar of the ...
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How do I restore the default unity login screen after removing xubuntu?

I have installed xubuntu on top of ubuntu on my system, and I tried it out, and I found out that I like unity a lot more than xfce. I have removed all (or all that I know) of the xubuntu packages, but ...
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Autohide launcher is cut off / clipped in 14.04

With autohide enabled on 14.04 (Unity 3d), my launcher ends up cut off, clipped, ie. doesn't come completely back out of hiding. It still functions fine... but it's about 20% still off the edge of ...
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How do I get the source code of the unity interface and compile it? [duplicate]

I wanted to change some things in Unity. So how to download and compile the code?
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java file will not launch from .desktop file - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I have a bin/bash script- #!/bin/bash java -Xms256m -Xmx1g -jar KeeperDesktop.jar inside an executable text file ( keeper-start) I have created a .desktop file for it as i want to launch it ...
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Unity not loading, how can I troubleshoot?

All of a sudden, when I log in to Ubuntu 14.04, I have no top menu bar, no launcher, no dash, only my desktop. Shortcuts like alt-F2 don't work either. Logging in as guest works worked fine. At ...
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How do I set a different default place when I click on 'files' in the sidebar?

This is another question all about the usability of unity, which is proving to be not as easy to customise as I'd like. Using Ubuntu 14.04, When I click on the files icon, it immediately takes me to ...
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Trusty: created desktop shortcuts not available to Dash

On a clean install of Trusty, desktop shortcut files created manually e.g. by Manage Launchers (which worked in Ubuntu Precise) are not found by the Dash even though they are in ...
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Can I resize the window width from a web app?

I'm developing a webapp and in Ubuntu 14.04 I have this doubt: Can I resize the window width from a web app? How? For @terdon question: Code: https://launchpad.net/unity-webapps-telegram The app ...
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Why custom launcher icon keep pulsing?

I created a custom launcher icon to enable/disable the touch feature of my Lenovo X220 Tablet. [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=handsoff Comment=Enable / Disable touch feature Exec=thinkpad-touch ...
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About This Computer not working on ubuntu-14.04 ARM

I am using the ubuntu-14.04-core-armhf and have installed ubuntu-desktop. On the ubuntu desktop , IF I click "About This Computer" - nothing shows up. After this if I try to click "System Settings" , ...
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How to configure Rdesktop in Ubuntu with Unity?

In LXDE: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xrdp vino vino-preferences echo lxsession -s Lubuntu -e LXDE > ~/.xsession With Unity 3D???
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Web App tweak in 14.04?

After upgrading to 14.04, web apps now open in a Firefox window without the FF menus or navigation bar, or option to add tabs. I liked it better with those. A major annoyance is the inability to ...
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Is it possible to use chromium extensions on the new webbroswer-app?

Since oxide is advertised as a chromium view on qt. I'm wondering if it's possible to use chromium extensions on the new webbroswer-app? (That would be great for example to use a gmail specific ...
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Unity not working after changes using compiz config [duplicate]

I have made some changes to effects using compiz config, however ever since doing this the launcher, taskbar, and borders around windows has disappeared. I have tried reinstalling unity and compiz ...
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Problems with Compiz on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am currently dual booting Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my system(3 gb RAM, i3 , 320 GB HDD). I recently installed the Compiz Config Manager along with Compiz Pluginz. Realizing that they would not be much ...
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Graphics hardware warning when updating to 14.04

As I use Ubuntu at work I just update only LTS versions but now I'm not sure if I can/should. As my computer is now ten years old I would change if was mine but as it is owned by my employer I have to ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 freeze a lot. How to fix it? [duplicate]

Since the day I installed Ubuntu 14.04 I face frequent freezes. Today it happened for about three times. When it freeze the mouse barely move. It stays that way for a long time. My GPU is Nvidia and I ...
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After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04 my screen constantly fades to black. How to fix?

I have an NVIDIA 8600GT graphics card and am currently running the X.Org nouveau display driver. When I boot I get a normal 14.04 login screen with no issues. Once I log in I see my desktop as ...
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Can't create Unity lens with Ubuntu 14.04

I want create a Unity lens, I follow this exemple : http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/04/how-to-create-a-wikipedia-unity-lens-for-ubuntu/ I use : quickly create unity-lens wikipedia When I try : ...
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Why is a very small percentage of the swap being used when my ubuntu is almost freezing? [duplicate]

My Ubuntu gets very slow because of too many apps, but when i check the system monitor, Ram use is 80% but swap is less than 5%. How do you let ubuntu use the swap more effectively?
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Dual vertical monitors messes my desktop

When I enable my two monitors in vertical positions My desktop files get dispersed vertically among both screens and the file icons on the upper screen are displaced, they look like they are ...