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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)


Dec
25
comment Is it possible to put a GUI to more than just TTY7?
Although it's not exactly what you asked for, KDE has a feature called Activities. When you switch activities, you get a whole new set of desktops, possibly setup quite differently from your default. This sort of does the same thing as what you're asking for, but, AFAIK, does stay within one X session.
Dec
17
comment How can I see the amount of data I am Downloading / Uploading per day?
That's a really cool command I have not seen before! You could also get a much less accurate answer using ifconfig etho, but that will show everything sent and received - including control information, not just uploads and downloads. Also, if your router has a web interface like most do, it may display similar information on one of its status pages. Again, this is for everything, not just a particular type of data/traffic.
Dec
17
comment ln -s vs mount --bind
I haven't used mount --bind, but I doubt it can replicate the behavior of a symlink like ln -s ../../myfile .. If you move that to another directory, it will point somewhere else because it's a relative link. This can be useful if you need to backup a sub-tree and still have the links work in the backup.
Dec
17
comment Replace windows with ubuntu: What should I check in Ubuntu live
Along the same lines, if you have a backlit keyboard on a notebook, be sure to check that too. I finally go mine to work after almost 3 years. All I had to do was boot Windows (dual boot) and then turn the power off! This is way less than elegant, but is indicative of what can happen with special hardware.
Dec
11
comment Kde : How to minimize windows from the task bar
Don't know, but: What happens if you right click on an icon? Do you get a context menu with a Minimize option and does it work? (I'm using Kubuntu 14.04 and it already works the way you expect it to.) Do you have the taskbar set to show all windows or just the ones on the current desktop? I ask these primarily to get more info so someone may get a clue as to what's wrong with your setup. Also, what did you upgrade from - or was it a clean install?
Nov
28
comment Add column from one .csv to another .csv file
Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure what I want. I have to play with the actual data, but it would be things like subtotals per week of credits and debits. I also had some call center utilization data where I wanted to sum and average calls per minute. Nothing Fancy. I barely got a C in statistics for social sciences and I've forgotten most of that. I also would like to select columns without pre-filtering it in awk, etc.. I can code all of it in a programming language like awk, but for such a common task, there should be something that already knows how to do it.
Nov
27
comment Add column from one .csv to another .csv file
I posted a separate question at unix.stackexchange.com/questions/170199/…
Nov
27
comment Add column from one .csv to another .csv file
+1 for showing me another tool for CSV data. Separate question, but do you know of a standalone report writer for CSV data files?
Nov
12
comment How to block specific apps from opening in specific accounts
I don't know enough to actually do it, but maybe you could setup all the critical applications to be accessible only by a group. Then, you could add advanced users to that group for full access. For the restricted users, you could use sudo (not to root) along with appropriate entries in sudoers to give them password protected access to the other commands on a case by case basis.
Nov
3
comment Printing footers using enscript
Thanks for the great information. It wasn't clear to me that your solution works without the patch. I use .enscriptrc. I didn't notice that .enscript is also available for the use you suggest. The enscript man page lists all those variables, but I didn't make the connection that you had to use them in custom header files.
Nov
3
comment Printing footers using enscript
+1 for finding a report that old! I guess enscript isn't used much any more or someone would have fixed something as basic as this. I'll study the report and your code a bit before accepting your answer. Unfortunately, my script is part of a project, so I won't be able to ask other users to implement a patch like this as well.
Oct
30
comment Headphone hiss after upgrade to 14.10
Do you get the hiss on the notebook speakers or just on the headphones? It won't solve anything, but installing alsamixer and running it from the command line will allow you to look at and change all your audio levels which may help to isolate where the noise is coming from.
Oct
23
comment Revert system fie premissions
Just to point out the obvious: That's what backups are for. ;)
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.