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by Mute Ant
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [Errno2] No usable temporary directory found, Please Help[SOLVEDish]
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: [Errno2] No usable temporary directory found, Please Help

Not a permissions issue. The whole file system has been made read-only because Linux has found an error which might damage data if it tries to write. I usually boot a Live Session and use the Application gparted to check-and-repair the damaged volume. That's messy if the volume is part of an encrypt...
by Mute Ant
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: copy an .svg 100x - filename001.svg, file002.svg etc(for subtitles) SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 431

Re: copy an .svg 100x - filename001.svg, file002.svg etc

'...is the "it isn't really there" part a joke?...' No. If the file is not there it prints the message. The test-function [ -f "$x" ] returns false if $x is not a file-object.

'...I'm sure it's user error on my part...' I think you're right. Billions of cp commands do work, yours doesn't.
by Mute Ant
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: copy an .svg 100x - filename001.svg, file002.svg etc(for subtitles) SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 431

Re: copy an .svg 100x - filename001.svg, file002.svg etc

I started programming BASIC on a mainframe using paper tape (!) and keep-it-simple was the only option. I would do it like this... x="E-subs.svg" ; for y in {001..100} ; do [ -f "$x" ] && cp "$x" "$x-$y" || echo "It really isn't there!" ; done EXTRA You can... 1 Select the file. 2 Copy+Paste. 4 Sele...
by Mute Ant
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: HDD Spindown Issue
Replies: 27
Views: 454

Re: HDD Spindown Issue

It might be doing a SMART instead of what you have assumed... you can sometimes switch that off in the machine's BIOS screens.

The any-time spindown command is sudo hdparm -Y /dev/sdX and Linux will wake it up when it next needs access.
by Mute Ant
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: I locked myself out of mint 19
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: I locked myself out of mint 19

Definitely try karlchen's advice first. Alas none of those steps will work if you chose to encrypt the OS during installation :(
by Mute Ant
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: mp4 file opening problems
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: mp4 file opening problems

I think someone (not me) will need you to post the results of Command inxi -Fxz to help you. My first guess is that software is trying to control the video hardware directly... and failing miserably.
by Mute Ant
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Sharing folders between user
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Sharing folders between user

Oh yes. You can put the real Music folder somewhere shared, like /var/tmp/Music, and you both make symbolic links to that folder... cd mv Music /var/tmp/ ln -s /var/tmp/Music If you want other users to be able to modify the files, you need to change the permissions too... find /var/tmp/Music -type d...
by Mute Ant
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: maldet scan result faulse positive?
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: maldet scan result faulse positive?

It is trivially easy for a software engineer to disguise malware as real code, much easier than detecting malware before it runs. My approach is that any malware scanner is, practically, useless at protecting the system. Anti-malware scanners were invented when a home-computer OS was wide-open to mo...
by Mute Ant
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Does changing permissions not work anymore?
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Does changing permissions not work anymore?

'...I have a document...' That's too brief to guess what it is. Might you show the output of Command file <name-of-the-document> so we can see what Linux thinks it is. 'Documents' from complex applications like PDF, spreadsheets and word-processors can have fields 'locked' even if the file-system al...
by Mute Ant
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Bluetooth speakers on a desktop?
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Bluetooth speakers on a desktop?

'...sound quality through bluetooth is better than hardwired via the aux input...' Actually this is quite common with mixed digital-analogue circuits on commercial-grade circuit boards. The 0V ground voltage 'bounces' with every change in current and the loudspeaker amplifies that bounce into a rand...
by Mute Ant
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: (Solved) Cannot burn Mint 19.1 .iso to disc or USB. Shows as inode directory
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Cannot burn Mint 19.1 .iso to disc or USB. Shows as inode directory

The desktop thing sounds like a file-manager icon for a mounted filesystem, not the actual ISO. A file that big should be easy to find in the system...
sudo find / -size +1G 2>/dev/zero ### Search the whole OS for files larger than 1GB
...or use a bit-torrent to download the ISO (recommended).
by Mute Ant
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: initramfs unable to find a medium containing a live file system
Replies: 3
Views: 135

Re: initramfs unable to find a medium containing a live file system

The only tested-and-supported Live Session Mint is from a distribution ISO file written directly to the boot medium. The 'casper' live system is getting extra-fussy since systemd was permanently adopted as the controller by Debian --> Ubuntu --> Mint. Clem and his friends ensure that the ISO boots f...
by Mute Ant
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Bluray drive problem- solved, and thank you.
Replies: 26
Views: 394

Re: Bluray drive problem

'... there should be no good reason for the drive to stop working...' That turns out not to be the case. Acoustic shock in the lasing diode can concentrate the light so it melts one of the reflective surfaces and it becomes a plain LED or simply stops working. If you are happy to open the BluRay dri...
by Mute Ant
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Where are they hiding ?
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Where are they hiding ?

If you have a tiny idea about the name of one of the files, a command like this will find it...
sudo find / -name '*jpg*'
...which root-user-searches all the mounted volumes 'sudo find /' for something with a '-name' that matches '*jpg*'
by Mute Ant
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Bluray drive problem- solved, and thank you.
Replies: 26
Views: 394

Re: Dual layer discs and bluray playing and burning?

In my humble opinion, all optical discs are now (2019) a desperate attempt to keep obsolete technology profitable. Switch to USB sticks or SD cards and level-up.
by Mute Ant
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Bluetooth speakers on a desktop?
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Bluetooth speakers on a desktop?

I use a grey-rubber cased 'KS Miami' and a Bluetooth dongle in the back of my desktop machine... [advert] + Mint easily detects the speaker's Bluetooth and connects it as an audio-sink. + Speaker charges from flat in 3 hours using a USB cable (supplied). + Plays music for 6 hours on one charge. Just...
by Mute Ant
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Can't shrink LVM2 partition
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Can't shrink LVM2 partition

Well yes, a bit of bad luck there. The installer is what an expert would call a 'Habitual Lying Weasel'. There are no user-friendly tools to manipulate LVM (as far as I know from 2017). I read then that gparted had it on their To-Do list, but I don't use partitions any more, just an iso-boot-stick a...
by Mute Ant
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: How to turn off USB hard drive?
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: How to turn off USB hard drive?

The hdparm binary is quite hazardous if you just play with it. The command below can be used any time to 'snooze' all the drives, Linux will wake them up if it needs access...
for a in /dev/sd? ; do sudo hdparm -Y "$a" ; done
by Mute Ant
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Hardware Support
Topic: Can I use my sdcard to extend my laptops memory?
Replies: 6
Views: 158

Re: Can I use my sdcard to extend my laptops memory?

I use /root because it's always part of the OS and not really used for anything else. If the SD is unmountable the OS starts up anyway. /var/tmp is an alternative mount point. If the OS is installed and working, I would leave it purring along and just patch in extra storage for user data. You can ea...
by Mute Ant
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Any full-fledged backup techniques to restore the system after it returns from repair?
Replies: 46
Views: 717

Re: Any full-fledged backup techniques to restore the system after it returns from repair?

Hard drives are relatively cheap... take it out and put it in your sock drawer. Let them rebuild the machine with a new one, possibly a silicon drive if you have a bit of spare cash. Personally I use a UK£20 USB3 stick with LMDE3 installed. When it's full I just get a new one and the old drive goes ...

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