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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)


Oct
8
comment How do I customize the GRUB 2 menu?
@sbergeron I had some trouble with background images and fonts in the past. It turns out that some images just don't work - I don't know why. I asked the developer about it. Also, some fonts don't have the horizontal and vertical bar characters that grub uses for the border. If you experiment a bit, you'll probably find images and fonts which work. The images and fonts all look fine in the grub-customizer preview pane, but not when grub actually runs.
Oct
8
comment How do I customize the GRUB 2 menu?
@rubo77 You might want to purge it and then reinstall it. Sometimes that will clean things up. I've been happily using Grub Customizer for years and the only problems I have ever had were a glitch in Ubuntu 12.04 which the developer helped me get past and a problem where a newer distro in another partition changed the grub file formats so grub customizer wouldn't work from within the old distro. No crashes.
Oct
8
comment What is the Command Line Equivalent of “Safely Remove Drive”?
@Rmano I have seen the flashing on a supposedly dismounted flash drive (usually done through a gui under KDE) many times. I try to wait it out before unplugging it. This does look (to my untrained eye) like something is not quite right. It would be even worse with a flash drive with no activity indicator light.
Oct
7
comment Permanently have a CLI/Terminal in one Workspace?
You can definitely set things up to have a terminal open where you want it every time you log in. I do it in KDE and I have seen how to do it in Gnome. I don't do Unity, so I can't tell you exactly how it works there. AFAIK, there isn't really anything like a terminal which can't be closed. It depends on what you want to use it for. Check out the screen program. It can hold onto multiple local and remote sessions even when you close the application and open it later.
Oct
7
comment Permanently have a CLI/Terminal in one Workspace?
Usually a logout should be enough. It's a desktop session which is part of user land. Answers are more helpful when they include more detail. I don't do Unity, so I don't know the exact details myself.
Oct
7
comment trying to get MagicQ to work on 12.04
Remember, you're frustrated with your application, not with us, so try to keep it civil. Looks like a great tool! When you add a new program like this, you don't always get all the dependencies it needs automatically. The error message indicates that you are missing the libavcodec.so.55 library. I took a look in my package manager and found libavcodec55 (installed) and libavcodec-extra55 (not installed). See if you have the first one installed. If not, install it and see if it gets you any further. Don't mess with the "extra" version unless you have to. Installing it may break other things.
Oct
7
comment Ubuntu 12.04 Intel Ethernet & Wireless need drivers
If you only have access to binary driver modules, newer isn't necessarily better. You have to choose the one which matches your kernel. You may also want to take a look at the output of lsmod to see which relevant drivers are currently being loaded and also take a look at dmesg | less output to see what error messages you may be getting from those modules.
Oct
7
comment Ubuntu 12.04 Intel Ethernet & Wireless need drivers
I am not familiar with your specific hardware, but usually, things work the other way around. You have a particular kernel and you load a driver module with something like insmod to get it to work initially. The trick is that driver modules are usually (always?) compiled with the header files for your exact kernel. So, usually, you download the driver, install the header files for your kernel, and then recompile/make the driver so it matches your kernel.
Oct
7
comment cannot plot graph in gnuplot-x11
This may be a valid answer (I don't know.), but it could use a bit more detail. How do you know that the nox version is installed? Will the plot command "just work" as is once nox is removed? Usually, uninstalling one package doesn't ensure that another version will automatically replace it unless removing/purging it leaves unmet dependencies.
Oct
7
comment How to fix graphics glitch with filezilla in unity
To get help faster, you need to include as much detail as possible in your question. Here's a good start: Ubuntu version, graphics card model number, driver name and version, Filezilla version. You may want to take a look at catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html . It will serve you well.
Sep
18
comment Desktop is empty after installation/first logon
No idea, but a first step would be to find the original checksum for the iso/image you downloaded or obtained and compare it to the checksum of the image image you have. If they're not the same, get another iso and start over. If they are the same, that's more complicated ...
Aug
29
comment What is the $BASH_COMMAND variable good for?
+1 confused the heck out of me, but it was fun to read!
Aug
29
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of mounting various directories on separate partitions?
Separate /home is one of my soap boxes, but I still got burned recently when I installed saucy in another partition just for testing on an oneiric notebook and it messed up a bunch of configuration files in my shared /home that made oneiric very unhappy when I rebooted into it.
Aug
29
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of mounting various directories on separate partitions?
Although this is touched upon in these answers, keeping /home separate from / means that if you fill up /home, it doesn't take / with it and make your system fail. I take it one step further (on my notebook) and have a separate data partition, so if that fills up, it doesn't affect anything else.
Aug
24
comment How to change my own home directory?
I've never tried anything like this, but I would suspect you could boot from a live CD, move any directories/files, change the entry in /etc/passwd for the new home directory for your user and be good to go. Make backups of everything you intend to modify so you can put things back if it doesn't work as desired.
Aug
23
comment rsync copies files from working directory in addition to the requested ones
+1 for the useful coding method. You're right that I could have just eliminated the quotes - but only after I knew that that was the problem. The point that I wanted to leave readers with is that if you accidentally provide rsync with a null parameter like I did, it causes unexpected behavior. Apparently, several other Linux shell commands do the same thing.
Aug
16
comment No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
Glad it works! I really dislike that when it happens to me because I don't know if it will come back. Still, don't look a gift horse in the mouth! Sometimes, seemingly unrelated updates and upgrades will reinitialize things and make problems go away.
Aug
12
comment No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
Just saw your comment under the question. If your overall audio is OK, then the most likely thing is that your volume is turned all the way down or muted somewhere for the apps that have the problem.
Aug
12
comment No sound in any music player I choose in ubuntu 12.04
OK. Does anything else make sound on your computer (under Linux)? Do you hear a sound when the desktop manager starts? I know KDE plays one, so maybe your desktop does too. Can you play some audio/videos like those on YouTube in your browser? Usually, sound works as a whole. Either everything or nothing has sound - except for some players that have their own volume controls which can be muted. If I accidentally switch my sound profile to use HDMI output when HDMI isn't connected, then I have no sound. It may be something like that or having Mute selected somewhere.
Aug
6
comment Auto-switch audio to HDMI when HDMI monitor/receiver plugged into laptop
For another solution for this, see: askubuntu.com/questions/458194/…