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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)


Apr
3
comment Gave up waiting for root device
Does it boot correctly from a 12.04 live CD? That will verify most of your hardware and also act as a tool for fixing things later.
Feb
26
comment no sound at all
Can you boot from a live CD and get sound - just to prove that the hardware is OK? Did it work before and what did you do since then that might have broken it?
Jan
17
comment How to download torrents from the command line?
Don't know, but you could try asking on on the Transmission forum. I have found them very responsive and helpful. The developers often answer directly. forum.transmissionbt.com
Jan
9
comment My swap partition resets to “unknown” at every boot
I've never used an encrypted partition (and /dev/mapper), so I may be way off here, but it would be interesting to see what's in /etc/fstab (cat /etc/fstab in a console and copy and paste it into a post here.) That's where the basic partitions of a system are defined (and where all partitions used to be defined.) Mine looks like this # swap was on /dev/sda8 during installation UUID=3d9fe1af-25fe-4d28-82c9-5c2b4d895b79 none swap sw 0 0
Jan
9
comment My swap partition resets to “unknown” at every boot
Basically, you boot from a system rescue CD/flash drive and run gparted or a similar tool. Find the swap partition (usually labelled "swap" on your system drive (usually /dev/sda). Tell it to delete the partition and let it do it (apply changes). Then add it back in using the same tool. (There are fancier ways to do it without rebooting, but I think this way is simpler.)
Dec
26
comment Running an existing installation of Windows 7 inside Ubuntu (12.04)
Take a look at vmware standalone converter. https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/infrastructure_operations_management‌​/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/5_5 It will suck your currently installed version of Windows into a vm which you can use with vmware player or convert to a VirtualBox vm. I have only had partial success with this so I'm not making it an answer. The problems were not with the software, but with my understanding of it.
Dec
4
comment rm -I to prevent accidental rm
This has been beaten to death on other threads, but it's still worth mentioning. It's not a good idea to create aliases or scripts that modify the behavior of common commands. 1) If you get used to the new behaviour and then use another system, it will not work as you expect. 2) If anyone else ever uses your system (e.g. to help you solve a problem), then those commands will not work as they expect them to. It's fine to have aliases and custom scripts, that's what Linux is about. Just don't name them the same as preexisting commands.
Dec
2
comment How do I remap the IJKL keys to arrow keys when I hold Alt down?
Again, you may want to post to our list. I have had a number of problems using AutoKey, but performance has never been one of them. I'm not sure what you mean by losing window focus, but if it's what I think it is, it may be a problem generic to desktop environments when any gui program uses another gui one to get things done. I have a problem that sounds similar with yad (zenity fork) pop-up dialogs issued from bash scripts.
Nov
30
comment How do I remap the IJKL keys to arrow keys when I hold Alt down?
Don't know. Was it version 0.90.4? If you post your question on our forum/list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/autokey-users (preferably including a trace generated by running autokey-gtk -l from a console), maybe someone will be able to solve the problem.
Nov
28
comment Recoll won't start
If you did anything interesting with your repos, it would also be good to know which repo recoll came from. (apt-cache policy recoll).
Nov
28
comment Recoll won't start
It might be helpful if you included what version of Ubuntu and recoll are installed on your system.
Nov
28
comment How can I permanently change touchpad settings?
Sympathy: I've been fighting with my touchpads for years on and off. Where did you put your synclient statement? I put mine in KDE's Autostart folder so it gets set when the desktop starts. (gnome has an almost identical feature.) I think that works better than putting it in $HOME/.profile. If you put it in your init scripts somewhere, then something in the desktop could easily override it later. If you haven't used it yet, gsynaptics is handy for examining and fixing things during testing.
Nov
14
comment Are there alternative payment methods for donations?
At least here in the USA, PayPal Accounts can be linked directly to a checking account - without the need for any "card". You do have to go through a few steps to verify the account and your ownership of it for security reasons.
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
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';