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I've been using Linux since 1998 or 1999 when I installed my first Mandrake (which has since morphed into Mandriva), I then moved to SuSe and then openSuSe when that came out. I used Ubuntu when it first came out, then moved to Linux Mint and have now been using Linux Mint Debian Edition (which is Debian testing but more green) for the last few years. I've also spent a lot of time working on first RedHat and then Fedora systems because that's what was available in the lab I worked in.

My Linux expertise, if I can grace it with such a lofty title, is mostly on manipulating text and regular expressions since that represents a large chunk of my daily work.

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comment Delete directory indirectly inside of itself
I just noticed the bounty now, I thought you had forgotten this. You still haven't told us if you've tried simoly letting any of these commands run for a while. If it's a big directory, deleting it could take quite a long while. Did you ever try the rm -rvf I suggested? Was there any output?
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comment Which command should i use in unix?
Which command should you use to do what? Reboot? Change directory? Cause the computed to explode? The last one's sudo boom by the way.
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comment Zim can't see manually installed latex
Please clarify. I have been installing LaTeX from the Ubuntu, Mint and Debian repositories for years with no problem, no idea why you would go at it alone. Whatever the reason, we can't help you unless you give us an idea about what zim is, where we can get it, and most importantly, how it fails. Any error messages? What are the symptoms? Please edit and add this information to your question.
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comment Packages are removed when I use “apt-get install” with a hyphen after the package name
People, you're barking up the wrong tree here. I didn't write the thing, I just read the man page. Please file your bugs with the apt devs. :P
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comment Packages are removed when I use “apt-get install” with a hyphen after the package name
@Kartik many single characters can destroy your computer. Consider, for example, rm -f /usr and rm -rf /usr :)
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comment SSH Write Failed: Broken Pipe
I have no idea, you must have changed something :). The latest error is probably because of the Subsystem sftp internal-sftp, again, no idea why you would be using this.
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comment SSH Write Failed: Broken Pipe
Huh? Did you restart the ssh server? Are you still getting the fatal: bad ownership or modes for chroot directory component "/" error?
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comment Packages are removed when I use “apt-get install” with a hyphen after the package name
@Rinzwind ah! It's Ubuntu specific, that returns nothing on my Debian but oodles of stuff on an Ubuntu. Not documented in either man or info pages though. Grrr.
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comment SSH Write Failed: Broken Pipe
Why do you have ChrootDirectory at all? That expects a directory that looks like a Unix /. It needs things like /dev, /bin/sh etc. The user connects to their $HOME by default and this is not the way to have them connect to another directory.
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comment Packages are removed when I use “apt-get install” with a hyphen after the package name
@Rinzwind well I'll be... Where in the world is that documented?
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comment Unable to install BURG
Try again tomorrow, 14.04 has not been officially released yet, it will be in a few hours. Give the devs a few minutes to update their ppas.
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comment Packages are removed when I use “apt-get install” with a hyphen after the package name
@Rinzwind AFAIK, the ^ just anchors the regex to the beginning of the string. Where do you get the taskel info? It's not mentioned in the man page. Good call on the - though, it is indeed a special character at the end of a package name.
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comment SSH Write Failed: Broken Pipe
Just do sudo chown username /home/username. But, I'm afraid your question is off topic here. Both OSX and Debian are. This should instead be posted on Unix & Linux. I have flagged your post for mod attention and asked them to migrate, it should happen automatically. In the meantime, your problem is the ChrootDirectory /home/username. Why do you need that? You can't chroot into a $HOME directory and that is not needed if all you want is to start the seession in the users $HOME.
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comment SSH Write Failed: Broken Pipe
Please clarify the host and client computer. For each of the files listed, you need to tell us whether they are on the client or the host. You also haven't told us what OS the two machines are running and you haven't shown us the actual ssh command you use to connect. Please edit your question and include this information. You might also want to include the output of ssh -v user@host. Also, you did chown root /home/username? Why in the world would you do that? That will break your user's login and cause pretty much what you're describing.
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comment Mounted a windows file in ubuntu, can't access it through terminal
Scroll down and read the entire tutorial you linked to. It is explained quite nicely there.
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comment Choosing which hard drive to boot from
I recommend you rewrite this as it's about to be closed. The BIOS behavior you describe is normal, I don't see why it would cause a problem. In fact, I don't understand what the problem was. You can always install the boot loader to the 1st hard drive, GRUB does not need to be on the same drive as your Linux system. Also, you don't "boot into hard drives", you boot into operating systems which makes your 2nd paragraph very hard to understand. All you need to do is always install the bootloader into the MBR of the 1st hard drive.
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comment Middle mouse button will not paste
Yes, it doesn't by default, I was wondering if you had created one. It's a file that allows you to configure your X system (the GUI basically) and the mouse can also be configured there. Anyway, please edit your question and include xev info. You need to run xev and then middle click in the white window. Your output will include the button number, it will be something like ButtonPress event, blah blah, state 0x2010, button 2, same_screen YES we need to know which button the middle click is reported as just in case the issue is a wrong button reported.
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comment ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)
Yes, it sounded like you knew what you were doing but you never know, sometimes we make obvious mistakes. I meant no disrespect :). Glad you figured it out. If you remember to come back and accept your answer (I think you need to wait two days) that would be great.
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comment Overwritten system files
@user269465 please edit your question to add more info, it is hard to read in the comments. That said, it looks like the important stuff is still there.
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comment Ubuntu on Virtual Machine
Please edit your question and explain how you are attempting to access the host drives. This does not happen automatically, you need to set it up in the VM settings.