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Top new questions this week:

What does "apt-get install !!" do and how to make it work?

I have seen someone typing apt-get install !! He did that a few times and every time, a different program was installed. It seems like it automatically figured out what is needed next. However, ...

command-line bash  
asked by Thomas Weller 44 votes
answered by Stephen 62 votes

How do I permanently change window titles?

Which files are involved in generating the window title? For example, if you open Rhythmbox, you see the program name as the window title. But it’s not generated by the .desktop file. Which file(s) do ...

window-manager xdotool wmctrl xprop  
asked by Maud Kon 12 votes
answered by Jacob Vlijm 13 votes

What is the meaning of the following code?

Can anyone explain what does this command mean? PATH="${GZIP_BINDIR-'/bin'}:$PATH"; export PATH

bash  
asked by Rashmi Narahari 11 votes
answered by heemayl 15 votes

How do I set Notepad++ as an editor on Ubuntu?

I use notepad++ from Wine. I want to set Notepad++ as one of the default editors. I tried to set it by right-clicking on a file, then Open With. But I did not see Notepad++ in the resulting list ...

wine  
asked by Pan Bydlak 11 votes
answered by JoKeR 5 votes

What is the Ubuntu equivalent of OSX `chmod -h` flag?

In OSX I can set the permissions of the symlink itself (instead of the thing it points to using the -h). From the man page: -h If the file is a symbolic link, change the mode of the link itself ...

permissions ssh chmod symbolic-link  
asked by Ray Burgemeestre 11 votes
answered by Rinzwind 14 votes

Convert a File to directory

As we know "Everything in Linux" is a file, and moreover directory is just a file containing other files. So, I don't know if this "crazy idea" possible, but it should be in someway according to the ...

files directory metadata  
asked by Maythux 11 votes
answered by Helio 14 votes

Does the Boot Repair output contain private information?

I have successfully recovered my system with the help of a software called Boot Repair. After the recovery, it sent some information to Ubuntu Pastebin, something like this one. Does this kind of ...

boot-repair privacy  
asked by alex5566 8 votes
answered by Serg 15 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Reasons why crontab does not work

Often, crontab scripts are not executed on schedule or as expected. There are numerous reasons for that: wrong crontab notation permissions problem environment variables This community wiki aims ...

cron  
asked by Adam Matan 184 votes
answered by geirha 186 votes

How do I resolve unmet dependencies after adding a PPA?

Occasionally, when I'm installing stuff, I get an error like the following: Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the ...

apt software-installation package-management ppa dependencies  
asked by jrg 258 votes
answered by Basharat Sialvi 267 votes

Can you answer these?

Corrupted Fonts

I just installed 14.04.2 and certain glyphs are corrupted in Firefox. It only happens at certain zoom levels. If I use Ctrl-mouse-wheel to zoom the page I can make the corruption appear and ...

14.04 fonts lts  
asked by Stephen Rasku 2 votes

Can I get an Oxford English spellchecking dictionary?

I quite like Oxford spelling. This is British/International English spelling, but preferring -ize endings to -ise. It has the language tag en-GB-oed. Is this supported by the spellchecker in Ubuntu?

spell-checking  
asked by TRiG 2 votes

How to have two headphones (one usb, one not) play sound at the same time?

I've tried installing pulseaudio but it doesn't let me do two headphones at once. Thanks.

12.04 headphones  
asked by Jared Kauffman 2 votes
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