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You may receive a NO_PUBKEY error after adding a PPA from Sometimes the public key does not get added to your system and you will receive a NO_PUBKEY error when trying to update. This is applicable when updating a Debian based GNU/Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint. If your system did not [...]


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Stuck at the grub prompt after upgrading a kernel?

If you get stuck at the grub> prompt after upgrading a kernel you might be able to fix it easily. This tutorial applies to Debian and Debian based distributions, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint. I have had this happen to me a few times after a kernel upgrade is downloaded and installed with the [...]

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Accidentally associate a program with a folder using the Nautilus file manager in the GNOME Desktop?

If you accidentally associated a program with a folder in the Nautilus file manager in the GNOME desktop it can be very frustrating. This happened to me and it took me a while to find the answer. I make many DVD’s and I often use VLC Media Player to play the VIDEO_TS folder directly. While [...]

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Linux Mint Custom Google Search

Do you have some Firefox plug-ins that utilize the Google search results, but no longer work because Linux Mint 10 has a customized Google search? NOTE: I don’t recommend disabling this unless you really, really need it. Linux Mint relies on that search feature to generate income so that they can keep on producing a [...]

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GLib-WARNING **: getpwuid_r(): failed due to unknown user id (0)

If you are receiving the warning message, “GLib-WARNING **: getpwuid_r(): failed due to unknown user id (0)”, on an Ubuntu 10 based distribution, including Linux Mint 10, you can try the following to fix it. sudo dpkg-reconfigure plymouth I was receiving this warning message after upgrading from Linux Mint 9 (Ubuntu 10.04 based) and it [...]

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Add new items to Nautilus’ “Create Document” context menu item

Whether on the desktop or browsing files in the Nautilus file manager, when you right-click on an area unoccupied by an icon, you have the “Create Document” option. By default, your only option is to create an “Empty File”. This works out fine in many cases, but what if you want to create specific documents? [...]

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Enable advanced file permissions in the nautilus file manager

If you are used to the check box style of setting file permissions, similar to many FTP programs, and miss that in the nautilus file manager, you can enable the advanced file permissions to activate them. To enable this feature, copy and paste the following command: gconftool-2 –type bool –set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_advanced_permissions True Now if you [...]

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