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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?
Aug
8
comment Rhythmbox (or any music player) doesn't change songs properties
I can certainly edit fields in Preferences for many songs in Rhythmbox. So I think there are two different issues here. One is that rhythmbox doesn't seem to be able to export files with id3 tags that reflect the changes that you make under preferences. That's what nitstorm wrote about. Another is that for some files you can't even change things in Preferences. That sounds to me like your issue, and may be fixable even in Rhythmbox via @Fred's answer. It seems to match your stated symtoms better, and if so you should mark that as the best answer.
Jun
29
comment Comparison of backup tools
@brillout.com Deja Dup is based on Duplicity, which provides a command line interface. Another choice is duply.
Jun
29
comment Comparison of backup tools
Note also that it installs apache to run the web site, opening port 80 for outside access. Worse, it requires a password to do web config, but sends the password over the network in the clear by default. See other security issues at SourceForge.net: Configuring BackupPC for secure backups and access controls - backuppc
Jun
29
comment Easy backup/restore of installed system?
Good point that this is not so much about general backups. Re backuppc, I've run across a bunch of problems with it in Precise, as mentioned briefly at software recommendation - Comparison of backup tools - Ask Ubuntu.
Jun
29
comment Comparison of backup tools
I'm surprised at how many issues I've run into with backuppc in Precise 12.04. The documentation is geared towards doing config by hand, not via the pretty web interface. It is confusing to configure. They have no convenient upstream bug tracker, just a mailing list, but I've run across many unresolved bugs, including those mentioned at issues with BackupPC on Ubuntu 12.04 | tolaris.com and at bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/backuppc/+bug/497732/comments/…
Jun
23
comment How to list Compiz keybindings in use?
Thanks! I note that in Precise 12.04, metacity doesn't seem to be running, so I guess folks would want to leave those last two parts out? It might be easier to see and understand it all if you used multiple lines.
Jun
23
comment How to list Compiz keybindings in use?
Note that since there are multiple commands there, if you want to save the output in a file, you should wrap that whole thing in parens and redirect the output after the trailing paren.
Jun
8
comment How to mount a digital camera for the right applications?
This doesn't work for me in precise 12.04 - I don't see Media Handling in Nautilus prefs. Nor do I find such settings in the System Settings window. But typing "media" in the unity dash finds something just called "Details" with a "removable media" section that lets me do this.
Jun
6
comment How can I track a bug that caused a crash and was reported via apport / whoopsie?
Sigh - reporting it via apport-bug would the bug report wouldn't have all the details that apport has already discovered as part of its crash reporting capability, and already reported to the errors.ubuntu.com site!
Jun
6
comment How can I track a bug that caused a crash and was reported via apport / whoopsie?
That is a "ProblemType: Bug" report, which I assume you manually initiated from the apport-bug command or the like. The behavior which changed for Precise is that crashes which apport notices are not reported as bugs, but rather sent into the new ErrorTracker. I'm trying to find out how to continue to track these crash bugs.
Jun
5
comment How can I track a bug that caused a crash and was reported via apport / whoopsie?
Thanks. But it still isn't clear how I can track the status of problems I've run into, and the site is a bit hard to figure out (How to interpret errors.ubuntu.com graph data? - Ask Ubuntu)
Jun
5
comment How can I track a bug that caused a crash and was reported via apport / whoopsie?
As I noted in the bug report referenced in the question, as of Precise, apport no longer submits bugs unless you change the python script, so the question is how to track progress without a bug.
May
23
comment Can the Unity dash search for content within files?
Since tatewaki wants full-text content search, which zeitgeist doesn't provide, it looks like didrock's answer is not correct and @sup's answer about recoll is the better. Is there a Unity lens for the metatracker search engine?
May
23
comment Why was tracker desktop search removed?
see also 11.04 - Is anyone aware of any progress made in packing updated versions of tracker (desktop search tool)? - Ask Ubuntu
May
22
comment Google Chrome windows are lost in application switcher
Has the bug been reported? Do you have a reference to it? Thanks!
May
22
comment How to play realmedia / SMIL / rtsp audio references with start/end points
@fossfreedom, I think this is still a good and relevant question which should be re-opened. The fact that one app has a well-defined feature-request bug doesn't mean that there isn't some other way to play these videos as intended.
May
21
comment Disable auto-mount for particular partitions on USB drives
I can't get gparted to mark it hidden (using precise). I can toggle e.g. the "boot" flag fine, but clicking on the "hidden" flag just spins for a few seconds and leaves it unchecked. It also seems based on this article that this won't allow me to mount it without unhiding it, so it doesn't match what we could do before: Hidden partitions tips - JustLinux Forums
May
21
comment How to interpret errors.ubuntu.com graph data?
Thanks for the quick response, but I'm still a bit lost. I updated the question after running across the ErrorTracker stuff (wow!). Also, what defines a "problem", since several problems can exist for one package? What does the "Function" column tell us? I wish that column was wider. Will the mtbf be affected by how much a user uses Ubuntu, or how many packages they use?
May
17
comment How to play realmedia / SMIL / rtsp audio references with start/end points
For Totem, the relevant upstream bug seems to be Bug 424708 – Add support for starttime