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Mar
25
comment dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0045' near line 0:
Since attempting to run sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dpkg/updates/0045 is safe and proper but could have disastrous results if one types in a stray space next to any of the /es (especially the first two!), it may be best to warn about this danger or to suggest something like cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates && rm -rf 0045. Good solution though!
Mar
25
comment Xubuntu 13.10 Blank Desktop after Update
You said this is the same as in that question but that none of the answers there have helped. If you're still having this problem, you may want to go back and see if any newer answers (or expanded/improved answers) there will solve this. If still nothing there helps, please edit this question to provide details about all the possible solutions there that did not work, and how/why. For example, you can tell us everything you tried and exactly what happened. Without that info, this isn't really separate (and thus may be duped to it or closed as unclear).
Mar
25
reviewed Reject suggested edit on shut down without extra question
Mar
25
reviewed Reopen weird characters in Terminal
Mar
25
reviewed Leave Closed Trackpoint and Clickpad: enable buttons and scroll (Lenovo T440s)
Mar
25
reviewed Leave Closed How to install Java plugin in Firefox?
Mar
25
reviewed Reject suggested edit on WARNING: You don't have <a directory> in your PATH, gem executables will not run
Mar
25
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How to simply convert video files (i.e.: MKV to MP4)?
Mar
25
comment How to prevent a kiosk running Ubuntu 13.10 showing the update dialog popup window?
This (1) does not actually keep it from running, it just kills it after it starts running (and likely after its interface has already been displayed), (2) may leave the package manager in a bad state, especially as it uses SIGKILL without trying SIGTERM first, and (3) there must be more elegant solutions that actually prevent the Update Manager from running (even if that doesn't work, there must be other options to explore, including editing AppArmor profiles or even diverting or chmod -x-ing the update-notifier and update-manager executables.
Mar
25
reviewed Close How to increase cpu usage
Mar
25
reviewed Leave Open How would I edit a .conf file without gedit from the terminal?
Mar
25
reviewed Close A part of Rhythmbox interface is missing
Mar
25
comment A part of Rhythmbox interface is missing
"I have got errors with Xorg, is it the responsible?" What errors? I recommend editing your question to include this information. Also, it seems you may have some reasons to believe what you're experiencing isn't just how the interface works, that you've given in comments on dobey's answer but not in your question; I recommend adding that to your question too. If you're still having this problem or there was a concrete solution that would help others, and we've already closed this, and you edit as above and saying it didn't just go away, it will be considered automatically for reopening.
Mar
25
reviewed Close Can't add applications using sudo apt-get and unofficial ppa: unable to lock directory
Mar
25
reviewed Close indicator-notifications history
Mar
25
reviewed Reject suggested edit on How do I disable mouse magnet on middle edge with multi monitors?
Mar
25
comment Would I benefit from reducing, or increasing swappiness?
possible duplicate of Why most people recommend to reduce swappiness to 10-20?
Mar
24
comment Devices list aren't show on Nautilus
Logging in as root on a graphical login screen does not work. Theoretically this could be enabled but it's not as simple as setting a password for root and in any case someone who'd enable full graphical root sessions (a bad idea!) would almost certainly know they did so. On the other hand, it's much easier (and sometimes appropriate) to run Nautilus as root (with gksudo nautilus or sudo -H nautilus or the like). It's possible that devices mounted by one user wouldn't be shown by Nautilus running as another... but the prompt in a new terminal won't show what user's running Nautilus!
Mar
24
reviewed Looks Good libq-dev fails to install
Mar
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Press S to skip mounting?