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What to say, what to say... I'm currently attempting to either work out which of two senses of self I have is a delusion of the other, or to reconcile them. It's not easy.


Jan
20
comment External USB hard drives - what speeds should be expected?
@dr_willis In that particular scenario, one thing that could cause slowdown would be having the two drives connected to ports which internally are chained off the same hub. There's little one can do about it, besides trying different combinations of ports and seeing if there's any improvement, but it's worth being aware of.
Jan
20
comment is there any significance to using tee
Clarification on "sudo JUST that command", for anyone finding this a little complex: using a form like sudo somecommand >> filea will run sudo somecommand and then, as the invoking user, append the output to filea. Using sudo sh -c "somecommand >> filea" works, but can cause nested-quoting nightmares. Using somecommand | sudo tee -a filea runs somecommand as the invoking user, and then appends the output to filea as root - which is usually what the user wanted.
Jan
20
comment My bios will not recegnise Ubuntu as a valid os now
If there are no "OS selection" or "UEFI" options, then we can at least eliminate that possibility. I would, however, be very surprised if a newish machine needed its SATA mode to be set to IDE emulation (which is what Compatibility usually means, with the other option being AHCI) in order to boot. I would suggest than @AvinashRaj's suggestion of checking the downloaded ISO is a very good plan. Also to ensure that the ISO was correctly burned to the DVD, rather than just placed as a file on it.
Jan
20
comment New hardrive for broken laptop, now like to install Ubuntu. How?
@wilf True enough. Thanks. I've edited them in.
Jan
20
comment Is there a way to backup your package configuration?
Note for posterity: dpkg on btrfs is no longer slow, so it's safe to ignore that particular bit.
Jan
20
comment Can I control the position of a console window on the screen?
I should perhaps add that there are other applications that could be called externally if an application can get sufficient knowledge of the window in which it's running. wmctl is an external binary rather than a function to be called, but can manipulate arbitrary extant windows.
Jan
20
comment permission denied
Or not, going by the comment I missed.
Jan
20
comment permission denied
It may be necessary to follow it up with chmod -R u+rwX /path/to/folder if the permission bits as well as the ownership have got messed up. Note that the X is uppercase so as to apply only to directories.
Jan
20
comment permission denied
There's a nifty syntax for such things using curly brackets - although I maintain that it's a good idea to use chown first as mentioned in my answer for future convenience. That said: some/folder/file{a,b,c,0..2} will be expanded by the shell to some/folder/filea some/folder/fileb some/folder/filec some/folder/file0 some/folder/file1 some/folder/file2 - that example should cover both ways of using it (ranges and individual specification). This can be nested and can be combined with the use of the wildcard character * for an awful lot of expressiveness.
Jan
20
comment I don't have any buttons on my menu bar
Is this gnome-terminal, the default with Ubuntu but not some derivatives? If so, ensure it has focus and also try right-clicking on the background and making sure "show menubar" is checked.
Jan
20
comment permission denied
@JaredMoore Well, then, this is definitely the way to go: It will set the user- and group-ownership IDs to the ones appropriate to thy current user, restoring thy permissions on them.
Jan
20
comment How can I delete files in terminal fluently?
Perhaps note in addition the ability to use the tab character to complete filenames?
Dec
2
comment Check if partition is encrypted
@ChristopherStansbury (Yes, yes, I'm more than two years late; this is for anyone that stumbles on the question in future) au contraire, the "/dev/mapper/cryptswap" implies that your swap is encrypted.
Sep
1
comment Can I tag multiple artist in mp3 files from banshee?
Downvoting, admittedly some time later, because as far as I can tell this is an answer to a different question (one of editing metadata tags on many tracks, rather than of setting multiple artists on a single track, the latter being what the question was actually about).
May
21
comment Logon Failed Ubuntu 13.04
I stand corrected.
May
21
comment Logon Failed Ubuntu 13.04
@Web-E Thou sayest that, but my Raring image appears to have WUBI on it. I was surprised, given that it's supposed to be dropped, but there you have it.
May
21
comment Media Player for Ubuntu
Does the problem apply to a particular CD, or every CD thou'st tried?
May
21
comment 'sudo' command is broken
I don't recognise pam*.log, but try /var/log/auth.log for more information on what's going on. It looks like some PAM package or other has failed to upgrade; the best way to fix this will involve booting in single-user mode.
May
20
comment RSS Reader that can fetch and show the older items of a feed
@gunjanparashar Don't worry about it; that comment is mostly for people providing answers as far as I can tell.
May
9
comment How to configure the clock date format to ISO 8601 in Unity?
@kaleissin WFM in 13.04 (just tested on a clean install). Try doing it manually in the dconf-editor, which now appears to be installed by default.