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how do i extract to a directory?

Ive been following this tutorial & i'm new to linux. whats the command to change directories in command prompt? I need to install eclipse c++ & i'm not sure if its ok that i just run it from ...
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How to install Ethernet driver on Ubuntu Server 20.04.4 LTS

I am very new to Linux. I just followed this YouTube video to create my personal nextcloud server. I am stuck very early because the motherboard I am using is Asus B560m (with i5 11500) and Ubuntu ...
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Looking for Lubuntu 20.04 User Manual

I'm looking for the Lubuntu 20.04-specific manual, and I can't find it anywhere. Any help appreciated.
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Description of window properties modified by wmctrl

I found wmctrl allows for changing some "properties" of windows: wmctrl -r <WIN> -b ( add | remove | toggle),prop1 [,prop2 ] Add, remove, or toggle up to two window properties ...
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Installation guide txt file

Is there a standard, guideline, template, how to write this kind of files, for example: Install-Linux-tar.txt INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS =================================================================...
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How do I find the source of a command line operation?

Suppose I’m able to type abc in the command line and it will run (so the shell doesn't say "abc: command not found"). How can I find out what abc is or does? Is it a script? Program? ...
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An error in the Ubuntu documentation, but nowhere to report it and no way to edit it

I have just wasted a lot of time trying to edit an error on this page - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/KVM/Installation - or at least tell someone about the error. But that all seems impossible. ...
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Is it possible to read Python GObject Introspection API documentation offline using already installed packages and files?

On my Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS system I see many packages named gir1.2.... For example I want to develop some new functionality on Python using gir1.2-gtk-3.0 and gir1.2-caja-2.0. Such packages usually ...
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Do we have offline Python documentation browser in Ubuntu repositories to have one "point of service" to read and search the Python docs and APIs?

The question is in the title. As a use case one can imagine the situation about finding function basing on its known functionality. I already know about Zeal which is packaged. It downloads ...
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Plymouth Docs for Creating Themes

I am trying to customize my bootsplash screen, using Plymouth themes. However, I cannot find any documentation for creating themes. Where can I find such documentation?
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Recommended change for Intel RST documentation

I'm not sure if this is the best platform to mention this, but the method for switching to AHCI described in the Intel RST documentation is unnecessarily complicated. Setting the registry keys is ...
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Is there a free Ubuntu Studio 20.10 instruction manual available?

Can someone provide a link for French (or English) Ubuntu Studio 20.10 Detailed Instruction Manual? (preferably a free .pdf). I am new to Linux, coming from Windows (xp, 7, 10). Ubuntu Studio is hard ...
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Installing Lubuntu: manual partitioning does not work

I'm trying to install Lubuntu on my laptop* from a USB, using the lubuntu-20.10-desktop-amd64.iso file downloaded from the (I believe) Chip website because the file at the Lubuntu website didn't load. ...
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Configure doc on ubuntu from .tex and install files

I am using a simulation software named Version5 and using it successfully. But I can not configure the doc of it. The docs are in a different directory as mentioned by the readme file. The directory ...
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Manual for latest Lubuntu 32bit LTS version

I have an older netbook and after some research decided to try Lubuntu on it. It's a 32bit unit so the latest Lubuntu LTS version I found was 18.04. I'm looking for an overall user manual, such as the ...
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What do I have to read to understand the manual and help documentation?

What do I have to read to understand the manual and help documentation, etc.? I've had ubuntu on and off in total for some years, but I have never learnt anything, and never been able to solve a ...
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Installation guide server in portuguese?

Quero instalar o Ubuntu server 18.04 em um PC antigo de arquitetura 32 Bits, gostaria de saber se há uma documentação em Português. Grato English translation: I want to install Ubuntu server 18.04 on ...
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How do I determine all components controlling CPU frequency?

Two requests please: Can someone tell me how I can determine all the components that are a) installed and b) actively controlling CPU frequency on an installation? And separately, can someone tell me ...
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Access the Ubuntu Server Guide from command line

Ubuntu Server has a great guide online: https://ubuntu.com/server/docs Is there a way I could have that documentation directly from my command line without accessing the web? Something equivalent to ...
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How to view installed Java documentation?

I installed the openjdk-11-doc package but I can't find an easy way to access it. Using dpkg -L I can see that it's installed in /usr/share/doc/openjdk-11-jre-headless/api/index.html but there must be ...
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Location and Nature of "*-doc" Documentation?

While installing software using apt, I am often offered "software-doc" as a recommended adjunct to install. Presumably this provides some documentation for the software. For example, when installing ...
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What does -y mean in an apt-get upgrade command, and where can I find a reference on command flags? [duplicate]

I have seen commands like this: sudo apt-get upgrade -y I would like to know the meaning of the -y flag and a reference for Linux command line flags in general.
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problem with GUI documentation programs

The problem is within a program that their documentation is in a html file. Let's say Tex maker or wxMaxima. When I click the tag "Help" it show me the documentation through the browser, not in a ...
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Manually installing Ubuntu on an older desktop

I have been trying to install Ubuntu on an older machine, dell dimension e521 with upgraded bios, but the ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso will not install due to the APIC problem. Unfortunately there ...
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redownload all documentation for a package with APT

I've recently installed a fingerprint system for kubuntu, of which part replaces a critical system component(I forget which, but it's important, so I can't use apt reinstall). I used to have one of my ...
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How to reinstall man pages after deleting them

So I wanted to free up disk space from documentation and followed the instructions in this answer. Basically I did create a file /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/01_nodoc which specifies the desired filters: ...
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How does Ubiquity determine the required disk space before installation?

This question intends to demystify Ubiquity the desktop installer for Ubuntu, on how the required disk space before installation is being determined. From this dated post Determining size of the ...
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Changes to the Ubuntu Server installer?

I messed up my Ubuntu 18.04.1 installation and decided to reinstall, which meant creating a new USB since I couldn't find the old one. To my surprise, the installer looked completely different than ...
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No examples are shown in Welcome screen of qtcreator

So I installed qtcreator package on ubuntu 18.10. I found out that to get the examples, I also needed the qtbase5-examples and the qtbase5-doc-html package. But there are still no examples shown in ...
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How to find out what is in an Ubuntu package [duplicate]

When viewing a package on the Ubuntu repositories (e.g. launchpad), there is usually only a sentence or two describing the package contents. Is there a place online to see more detail about package ...
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Is the Lubuntu recommended email software Trojita, Sylpheed, or something else?

My Lubuntu setup, upgraded today from 16 to 18.04.1 LTS, has Sylpheed 3.5.1, but the Lubuntu Manual says trojita is the default. I have noticed the Sylpheed documentation is missing graphics, which ...
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eeschema.html open by wrong App - KompoZer

This may not be a problem with KiCad or even the Documents, but I need a place to start. When using the help menu to open the Eeschema or KiCad Manuals they open in the editor KompoZer that had been ...
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What do these bash comments do

I am learning bash. Nothing special, just tinkering around with my own scripts. It's great fun. Looking at options to document your bash scripts, I came across this. What is the significance of ...
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Where to find current technical documentation for Ubuntu? [closed]

My question is: is there a document (or collection of documents), that describes (in sufficient detail to work with it) the design decisions that are specific for Ubuntu and thus distinguish Ubuntu ...
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command usage and meaning

I immediately while i was reading a plasmapy document, preformed (plasma_store -m 1000000000 -s /tmp/plasma) command and now I don't know what exactly it do on my system. Exactualy I read the ...
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Installing Octave Documentation on Ubuntu 16.04

I'd like to have on-disk documentation, as there are many times when I must be off the net. I have Ubuntu 16.04 and Octave 4.0.0. When I click the Documentation tab I get "The info file /usr/share/...
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How to make KHelpCenter show info-pages, man-pages and information from ScrollKeeper database and make full text search?

I have Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installed. I want to search for documentation and read it off-line (as it is included to the installed packages). Yelp does not work for this purpose. So I tried to use ...
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How to run full text search on help pages offline (from Yelp / gnome-help or something other)?

I have both Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installed. I want to search for documentation and read it off-line (as it is included to the installed packages in /usr/share/help and other ...
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As a Xubuntu user, where can I find GTK3 FileChooserDialog shortcut key documentation?

Ever since browsers on Xubuntu started using GTK3 instead of GTK2, and when saving a file, I feel myself pretty lost in the FileChooserDialog. By roaming the web, I found a few solutions to things ...
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Why does the ubuntu documentation seem so small?

I used to use windows as a desktop OS but in my work I use redhat enterprise linux a lot. Now that i have switched to ubuntu as a desktop OS one of the things that is bugging me a lot is the ...
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Command has no manual?

I recently installed youtube-dl. I first used apt-get to install it. However, the version was outdated and there were problems. I was able to look through the documentation using man youtube-dl. In ...
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Missing ioctl-numbers.txt file in Documentation

I am not able to find ioctl-numbers.txt in the Documentation directory in kernel directory in /usr/src. Where is it?
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What's up with Ubuntu Desktop API docs? Why are all the AppIndicator links dead?

I was going to make a quick tray monitoring script. Y'know, the classic CPU/mem/net usage example; I need a similar thing, but with my own code. 15 minutes later, trying to find any doc whatsoever ...
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Yelp help browser and the scrollkeeper catalogue

I need some help in understanding how the Yelp Help Browser works. When I start Yelp in Ubuntu 17.10 I get the Ubuntu Desktop Guide, and when I search for terms that should definitely be contained in ...
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Where to find full documentation for menuentry used in grub's 40_custom file?

In a potential answer (a comment, actually) to this question, there is reference to chainloading using the 40_custom file in grub2. The sample given on the link for chainloading does not work. I ...
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Running fsck manually

In a recent reboot of Ubuntu, which failed, I get the message to run fsck manually. How do I do so. I may have a bad HD sector, and it may be easier to reinstall Ubuntu. I'm a newbie, so bear with me.
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Emacs info manual missing in Ubuntu 17.10

On Ubuntu 17.10, installing Emacs via $sudo apt install emacs and then trying to view the Emacs manual using C-h r fails with error "Info file emacs does not exist" The same set of instructions on ...
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How can I get help on terminal commands?

I often see things like read man xyz For more information read xyz's man page. see info xyz so I wonder: How can I get help on terminal commands generally? What exactly are these man and ...
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Is there an English Ubuntu Wiki?

When answering a question here on Ask Ubuntu I sometimes would like to link to a wiki page explaining some topic in more detail, say, the ALSA sound system. For German speaking users there's the ...
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Why is the help option --help but no -h in some commands? [closed]

Most commands show the help with any of these two options: vi -h vi --help But some others only allow --help shred --help xrandr --help In these second commands, -h shows something like xrandr: ...
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