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An enthusiastic and grateful user of Ubuntu.


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comment MTP with Android phone unreliable on 14.04
Thanks, but my 14.04 was a clean installation.
Dec
12
comment Ubuntu 12.04 LTS login loop
@Narida, when you boot from a Live CD (or Live USB), you will start up in a "temporary" Ubuntu. If you open Files (a.k.a. Nautilus), you will see your hard drives listed on the left-hand side. Simply click whichever one you want in order to view it. You can copy files from there onto an external USB drive. If your home folder is on a separate partition, you can reinstall Ubuntu without overwriting your data; but, as this is susceptible to human error, back your data first anyway. (This all assumes that you had not used encryption in your home folder.)
Dec
7
comment Ubuntu 12.04 LTS login loop
Narida, sorry about your illness; I hope that you are getting better. You have been having this computer problem for a long time. I think that your easiest way forward is to boot with a Live CD, back up all your data onto external storage, reinstall Ubuntu from scratch, and restore your data. I know that this is not what you want to hear, but it's what I would do. I'm sorry that I can't be of more help.
Dec
2
comment How do I type an 'æ' character?
@MuhammadGelbana Read the instructions in the answer. You do not hold all of them down at the same time.
Dec
1
comment How to get Nautilus and Launcher to show drives mounted in non-standard folder
@Fabby I am using TrueCrypt to mount various devices or file containers. It is done via the GUI. The name under /dev/mapper is always of the form /dev/mapper/truecryptN, where N is a number between 1 and 64. The number cannot be determined in advance. (If this is difficult or complex to solve, please don't worry — I'll just move the mount point to my home folder. I had hoped that it might be as simple as adding the target folder to some list of folders recognised by Nautilus, but it seems to be getting too complicated.)
Dec
1
revised How to get Nautilus and Launcher to show drives mounted in non-standard folder
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Dec
1
comment How to get Nautilus and Launcher to show drives mounted in non-standard folder
@Fabby Thanks for the ideas. fstab is not appropriate, because they can be different drives with different names, and they are mounted only as needed, not permanently. I shall edit my answer to clarify. The mount does appear in /dev/mapper, although I don't know how that helps.
Nov
30
asked How to get Nautilus and Launcher to show drives mounted in non-standard folder
Nov
24
comment Ubuntu 12.04 LTS login loop
@Narida, I need to be very clear: Did you run each command, in order? Did every command finish successfully? You might want to repeat the process in case something was left over.
Nov
22
comment How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
@AlaaAli No, it doesn't work, because quoting prevents Bash from using the wildcards. It will look for a path specifically with the name (in my example) te*/'my files'/more.
Nov
22
comment How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
I have set this as the answer because of the helpful comments that terdon has made (not forgetting the helpful comments from others). I have used Bash's globbing ability on the command line to pass multiple paths to my script, instead of the script trying to sort it out. It works well.
Nov
22
accepted How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
Nov
22
comment How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
@terdon and muru and everybody: Thank you. I have heard what you have all said, and I realised that I should be making my script do one thing, and letting Bash globbing pass multiple files or paths to the script. I have modified my script thus. It works well and fits better with the Linux philosophy. Thank you again!
Nov
22
comment How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
@terdon I have a script that searches for files within a given path (which may contain wildcards), and the script performs a complex action on each of the found files. I need a way to pass that path to the find command within the script. Perhaps I need to rethink the entire process, given the difficulty.
Nov
22
comment How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
@terdon Thank you for the warning. Back to the drawing board!
Nov
21
answered How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
Nov
21
comment How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
@muru That's interesting; I didn't know about -path. In the past 10 minutes, though, I have figured out the answer: use eval! It seems to be simpler than -path.
Nov
21
comment How to pass '*' wildcard to path parameter of find command via a variable in script?
Clever idea, but alas, it doesn't work. Why? Because the path itself is held in a variable; hence, INPUTPATH='te*/my files/more and SEARCH=(${INPUTPATH}). No matter how I vary the way I do this, I still end up with a non-functional result. This seems impossible!
Nov
18
comment How to get the path to a file in your system
If you're using find, why not use its features? You don't need grep. The command would be find ~ -name 'psneuter*' -print. That assumes that the folder is within the user's home folder; if that assumption is invalid, use / instead of ~.
Nov
18
comment How to draw a picture with text in the center of that via command-line?
Bizarre! I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 and ffmpeg returns version 1.2.6. I know that there was some disagreement between ffmpeg and avconv. I notice that avconv is a link to ffmpeg. So weird.