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Long time Linux user (currently kubuntu). Use Windows 98, and 7 when I have to. Programmed in many languages, currently using bash and awk for most things. Learning Python.

Have one project on sourceforge:

Duplex printing emulator for non-duplex printers (Linux)


Nov
14
comment Home directory not being created
+1 for mentioning /etc/skel
Oct
30
comment What is the difference between `man` and `man (#)`?
@MMA It's not important, but I think 'sections' are more appropriate because they imply more separation than 'chapters'. For my personal use, I don't refer to section 3 because I almost never program in C. It's almost completely unrelated to section one (just from my point of view).
Oct
30
comment Using Ubuntu without any knowledge of Linux
Linux is pretty easy to use and definitely worth some effort. As long as you stick to the basics, you're unlikely to have any problems at all. When you start branching out by installing more optional packages, then it can become a bit more complicated, but help is available. The only things I commonly run into are proprietary Windows-only programs (like Dragon Naturally Speaking) that won't run (or won't run well) under wine (the Linux Windows emulator) and fancy hardware like the backlit keyboard on my notebook that, so far, only works in Windows.
Oct
30
comment Do “personal fstab” files exist for user accounts?
The answers below tell you how to get it mounted, but none of them (including mine) deal with the possibility that you may want only your user to be able to mount these partitions. If you want something like that then something further will be required. The difference with fstab is that it's a system file and only a superuser can modify it.
Oct
30
answered Do “personal fstab” files exist for user accounts?
Oct
20
comment Is there any way to set a greeting message in ubuntu?
If you go with a pop-up, also take a look at yad. It's a zenity replacement with many more features and great support.
Oct
20
comment Is there any way to set a greeting message in ubuntu?
The last argument that the fortune command takes is an optional file/directory name, so you can create and use your own collection of quotes. I don't remember the exact file format, but it's a very simple text file you can easily maintain using a text editor.
Oct
14
comment “quote” command in the shell
Just poking around, I found a utility called shell-quote which is similar to quote, but has some uses with things like ssh and for debugging bash scripts. Thought I'd include it here as a footnote. 'linux.die.net/man/1/shell-quote';
Oct
13
comment Amarok / Clementine alternative
This might also be useful for files shared by bittorrent. You could edit the tags to your liking and it wouldn't change the checksums. Now, I have to copy the files to another location and edit them there. The kicker would be knowing what to do with the database if the files are on a removable store that is not currently mounted.
Sep
27
comment Sed substitute through a sentence on multiple lines
Great sed reference book: Definitive Guide to sed Tutorial and Reference by Daniel A. Goldman ISBN: 978-1-939824-01-1 (EPUB version) 08148804441822
Sep
19
comment Project/work based desktop customization
Under KDE,they're called "activities". They are easy to setup. When I last tried them (a couple of years ago), they had issues, but it's likely that these are resolved by now. KDE can easily be used with ubuntu and several other distros (kubuntu, Mint, Arch, ...)
Sep
5
comment What does the takeover of Nokia mean for the Ubuntu SDK?
Totally cool. I didn't know that. Sometimes the non-free versions of things have more features, etc. I think Star Office was like that.
Sep
4
comment How do I make man pages open in a web browser?
+1 Thanks! I had written a whole script to do this awhile ago. This is much easier!
Sep
4
comment What does the takeover of Nokia mean for the Ubuntu SDK?
Just to add: The Digia press releases on the acquisition (still to be completed at the time) says they plan on continuing to develop and support both the free and non-free versions of QT. digia.com/en/Home/Company/Press/2012/…
Sep
4
comment How to make a new window open in the same workspace where I opened it?
Just for the heck of it, I took a look at the specs for a desktop entry standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/… , but didn't see anything that would control which desktop to use.
Sep
4
comment How to make a new window open in the same workspace where I opened it?
Don't know a generic/Unity answer, but, for KDE, there is the kstart command that lets you open a window for your command while also telling the desktop manager more details about how to do it including initial size, position, desktop, and other things. To use this conveniently, you would have to create and use an alias or script to open things this way. A script could be activated from an icon on your desktop or from your launcher/menu system. I don't know if Unity has a similar utility.
Sep
4
comment How to automatically set “Always on visible workspace” for windows on particular monitor
I have no experience with what you're trying to do, but, if you don't get a better solution, you might look into using AutoKey macros to automate the processes you use to open windows on your second desktop and set their window/display properties at the same time. code.google.com/p/autokey
Aug
29
comment Black screen during boot after TTY1 login
Since your install was a new one - without too much extra effort invested in configuration and enhancement, a clean install was certainly the best solution. There's no second guessing about what you might have borked. And the context of any problem you still run into can easily be understood by those you ask. Now, just make full backups while things work, so you don't have to start again from scratch.
Aug
28
comment Before you login you must answer me these questions 3?
If you don't mind a text-based solution, couldn't you just write a simple shell script that asks a few questions and checks the answers. If the answers are correct, then do a startx, otherwise, do a logout. Then, edit /etc/passwd and make this script their login shell. It's way less elegant than the above solution, but way simpler to code and maintain. It should also be relatively distro/desktop independent. You would also need to test it to make sure it handles things like sigint (Ctrl_C) gracefully.
Aug
25
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