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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?
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.