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Aug
21
comment How to find out which backported packages are available, and avoid losing packages when manually upgrading?
Cool - I was hoping that -t would work that way also. But what if it was just "sudo apt-get -t precise-backports install ipython" - might that also be smart enough to properly upgrade ipython-notebook and ipython-qtconsole also?
Aug
21
comment How to find out which backported packages are available, and avoid losing packages when manually upgrading?
Sure, ipython-notebook says "Depends: ipython". So if I have ipython-notebook 0.12.1 installed, as well as ipython 0.12.1 (both from the same source package to boot), and 0.13.1 is in backports, and I upgrade ipython, why would it choose to remove ipython-notebook rather than upgrade it (and install Depends: ipython-notebook-common, a new dependency package in that version)
Aug
21
comment How to find out which backported packages are available, and avoid losing packages when manually upgrading?
Very helpful. Thanks! But on the last question: as I noted, even available binary packages from the same source package, which are in backports, don't get upgraded and are removed instead, like ipython-notebook. When would that ever be a user's intent? Can that be fixed/avoided?
Aug
18
comment way to detect which workspace you are currently in from the command line
Thanks. I had to remove " --replace" from the compiz_running test, and also seemed to get the wrong value for vsize (1 vs 2) when running this on Precise 12.04, even though ccsm General Options said my Desktop Size / Vertical Virtual Size is 2.
Aug
15
comment Add event to google calendar from chrome/chromium via .ics file
Thanks, nicely written! But this is a single event, and I don't want to add yet another new calendar to get it. That would clutter up my list of calendars and complicate adding reminders. I just want to add a single event to my own personal google calendar, with the help of this .ics file. I've clarified the title of this question.
Apr
24
comment When to use pkexec vs. gksu/gksudo?
See also Why is gksu no-longer installed by default? (in 13.04 Raring)
Apr
24
comment When to use pkexec vs. gksu/gksudo?
Thanks Paul, for lots of helpful analysis here! But I also agree with Flimm. Can you start off with a simple answer to the question as asked?
Feb
18
comment youtube-dl is not working
This is actually a bug, and I entered a launchpad bug *bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/youtube-dl/+bug/1128610) that refers to the upstream fix.
Jan
16
comment Wireshark problem. Can't select default interface
This is unnecessarily dangerous and problematic, because there are far more exploitable bugs when running the full gui as root, and configuration issues can crop up when a gui program runs as root. See the dpkg-reconfigure solution at How do I run WireShark, with root-privileges? - Ask Ubuntu for a much better option
Jan
15
comment How do I run WireShark, with root-privileges?
This is far more dangerous and more problematic, because there are for more exploitable bugs when running the full gui as root, and configuration issues can crop up when a gui program runs as root. See the dpkg-reconfigure solution above for a much better option.
Jan
15
comment Wireshark problem. Can't select default interface
The answers here are more dangerous than the standard "sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common" approach, which is documented in this question: How do I run WireShark, with root-privileges? - Ask Ubuntu. This question is essentially a duplicate of that one.
Jan
6
comment No facility exists in Update Manager to upgrade to a new version, why?
Wow, this is surprisingly hard to find, particularly given that you actually have to quit the thing after telling it what you want. And especially on my netbook, where the "settings" button isn't visible because the update manager window is too large for the display. And there is no menu. I wonder what fraction of users are expected to ever upgrade from an LTS to another non-LTS version?
Jan
6
comment How do I integrate gmail?
Please do be more specific. For old linux geeks who have no idea what the modern notion of "webapp integration" into Unity means, check out webapps - How do I use Ubuntu's web application integration? - Ask Ubuntu
Nov
15
comment Why did Ubuntu remove SpiderMonkey package?
@Mitch thanks for the pointer. But that stackoverflow answer doesn't address the question here, of why SpiderMonkey was removed. It just compares it with rhino.
Sep
22
comment Manually Start Ubuntu One Daemon
Thanks for the question. Mine said the status was good (u1sdtool -s), but it wasn't. Running u1sdtool -q and then unsdtool -w fixed it :)
Sep
3
comment Why did Thunderbird replace Evolution in 11.10?
Re: "no exchange support" for thunderbird, what about via IMAP and LDAP this way: ThunderbirdExchange - Community Ubuntu Documentation. Does it work well?
Aug
14
comment Weka windows always open in a different workspaces
This seems to be a bug in compiz related to either multi-monitor setups (Bug #874146 “New windows open on the wrong monitor” : Bugs : Compiz Core), or the use of modal windows (Bug #754508 “Modal dialogs don't appear on the workspace of thei...” : Bugs : Compiz). So this should probably be closed here in askubuntu since it is a bug and thus out-of-scope.
Aug
11
comment Weka windows always open in a different workspaces
I opened this bug in Unity: bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1035520
Aug
11
comment Weka windows always open in a different workspaces
I have no clue why, but I have the same problem in precise. Until seeing your question I had no idea weka was successfully starting up at all - it just seemed to hang from the command line.... Thanks. FWIW, I'm using two monitors. I note some odd problems with google chrome opening up in the wrong monitor at times also....
Aug
8
comment Rhythmbox (or any music player) doesn't change songs properties
Hmm - it looks like I was misled, and Rhythmbox generally can be used to edit id3 tags, at least the version (2.96-0ubuntu4.1) I'm running in Precise. It's just that I didn't see either an "export" option, or any change in the file times after editing the tags in Preferences. But "ls -lc" does show time changes, and id3v2 tags were written to my mp3 files (as shown by the "id3v2" program), which is great. What format were your files?