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Linking in Linux: a real timesaver!

I recently discovered a Linux feature that had escaped my notice for nearly a decade: the use of links.

While installing a new OS (Bodhi 1.2, I think it was), I was wishing for a way to keep my data safe on a separate partition while still having easy access to it from within my new installation. I knew there must be a way. I decided to play around with linking.

First I learned the hard way. For example, if I wanted my new OS to link to my .mozilla profile on the data partition, I would first remove the new OS’s /home/les/.mozilla file, (rm /home/les/.mozilla), and then create the link like this: ln -s /home/les/.mozilla /path-to-my-existing-.mozilla-profile. When I did this, to my utter amazement, Firefox opened up on my brand new OS with all my bookmarks, history, personas, etc.! Next I tried the same with /home/les/.thunderbird, and guess what… it brought in all my mail, account setups, etc. Now I was excited!

Finally, I discovered the easy way to do this. Normally I use KDE’s Dolphin filemanager, and I set it up with the split window option like so:

My Dolphin setupI navigate the left pane to my new OS’s /home/username folder. I navigate the right pane to my /home/username folder on the partition that contains my data. Then on the left pane I delete the empty folders that I won’t be needing, for example, Documents. Then in the right pane, I select the Documents folder and drag it to the left pane. I am then given the options “Move here/Copy here/Link here.” I select “Link here,” and it creates a link to the Documents folder on my Data partition! No more waiting while thousands of documents are copied to the new OS! This has worked like a charm, and even though it exposes the lack of depth in my Linux geekiness, I just had to share it. Perhaps someone else will be spared the multiple hours of copying files that I have wasted in the last decade!

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Removing Linux Mint’s Google page hack from Firefox

I know this is a revenue stream for Linux Mint, but I just can’t do without the “more options” on the normal Google search results page that allow me to¬† limit searches to results from the last year, or the last 24 hours, etc. So, thanks to some folks at the Mint forum, here’s a quick way to restore normal Google pages:

1) go to this page and click “add to Firefox” https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3682

2) go to Google’s home page and Right-Click in the search box. Select “add to search bar.”

3) go to “manage search engines” (click the drop down arrow on the search bar)

4) remove the old Google search engine, and move the new one to the top.

Clem, if you can come up with a way to keep all of Google’s functionality on the results pages, I’d be more than happy to keep the Mint hacks in place.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Kmail links open two Firefox tabs…

Off and on with different distros I have noticed a strange behavior in Kmail and/or Firefox. Clicking on a link in a Kmail email will open Firefox (as it should), but with two identical tabs. That is, it opens the same page twice, simultaneously, in seperate tabs.

XiniX, over at the KDE Community forums, steered me toward the solution. In this file:

/home/username/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals

In the “General” subsection I changed

BrowserApplication[$e]=!firefox-3.5 %u

to

BrowserApplication[$e]=!firefox-3.5

and suddenly, no more double tabs!

XiniX… you da man! Thanks!

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Anyone having troubles with Firefox on Ubuntu 9.04?

I have been experiencing regular screen freeze-ups every time I attempt to install a new plug-in or add-on to Firefox with Compiz-Fusion installed and running. This happens with Firefox 3.0.10 or with Firefox 3.5 (Shiretoko) The cpu goes to 100%, and the entire screen becomes unresponsive, including all taskbars, window closer buttons, everything. The mouse cursor will move, but you can’t do anything with it! This means rebooting with the power button every time.

As a workaround, I installed “Compiz Fusion Icon,” which toggles between Metacity and Compiz window managers. Unfortunately, you have to remember to use it BEFORE you try to install a Firefox extension! I wonder if this is related to npviewer.bin. Just a wild guess, since there’s no way to open System Monitor while the screen is frozen up!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Beautiful dark KDE theme: Xaphire

Check out the Xaphire theme for KDE 3.5.x at KDE-Look.org. Very classy! It looks great with the Nasa Night Launch Firefox theme. Installation is not so straightforward, but worth the effort, in my opinion. Now if I could just find a Xaphire-like theme for this blog…

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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