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Garbage mails in TAG

Dr. Parthasarathy S [drpartha at gmail.com]

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 08:51:40 +0530

There is tooooo many garbage mails/spam mails in the TAG mailing list. Can no one take some action ? Please filter out all garbage. Otherwise people will stop reading or answering TAG mails.

Thank you,


Dr. S. Parthasarathy                    |   mailto:drpartha@gmail.com
Algologic Research & Solutions    |
78 Sancharpuri Colony                 |
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Disabling Gnome application sounds in KDE4

Suramya Tomar [security at suramya.com]

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 01:39:59 +0530


I recently installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my system and then installed KDE 4.2.2 on the system using apt-get.

I don't like any system sounds (beeps when opening windows/ on popups etc etc) so I went to the KDE control panel and disabled all the system sounds over there. In KDE 3.5 this used to disable all sounds in Gnome applications as well but in 4.2.2 this doesn't seem to be the case.

So I ran the gnome Control panel and disabled all system sounds over there. Now the problem is that this setting doesn't seem to be saved. Thus when I restart the system all the system sounds on gnome apps (Nautilus/Firefox/gedit/X-Chat etc) are back.

So how do I set it so that the sounds are disabled and stay that way over reboots?

Also the same issue is there with the fonts in the Gnome applications. The fonts in gnome applications (Size mainly) doesn't match the ones in KDE applications. I have to change them using the Gnome control panel and the changes don't stay saved.

Any idea's/Suggestions? I did try searching for solutions but none of the solutions suggested by google worked.

Let me know if you need any additional details.

- Suramya

Name : Suramya Tomar
Homepage URL: http://www.suramya.com

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Efficient chmod/chown

Mike Orr [sluggoster at gmail.com]

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 11:18:15 -0700

Is there a version of chmod/chown that recursively changes files only if they're different from the specification? The stock version changes them unconditionally, which updates their 'ctime' and thus makes 'rsync' transfer the inode properties even if there's no real change. I could write a Python version, but I was hoping there might be a C version somewhere that would be more efficient with millions of filenames.

Mike Orr <sluggoster@gmail.com>

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Developing a small OS from a preinstalled Linux

Abhishek Sharma [spyzer.abhishek0 at gmail.com]

Thu, 8 Oct 2009 20:17:07 +0530


I am working on a project of making a small OS which will boot up on my dual core machine and will serve as a simple calculator. If its possible I would like to add GUI to it too.

My question is for this job do I need to program all the stuff as assembly code or is there a way in which the precompiled linux kernel or those "boot.img | initrd.img" can help me without having to go through assembly development?

If its possible I would be glad if you tell me how I can achieve this.

Thank You.

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Followup: Regarding How can Define congestion windows in Fedora

Predrag Ivanovic [predivan at nadlanu.com]

Sun, 4 Oct 2009 16:02:27 +0200

On Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:06:39 -0500

<forwarded message from Master of Technology>

>i have some proble to define the
>1.Congestion  windows Size 2.algorithms. in NS-2 with Linux(Fedora)
>Thanking you.
>Mr. Brahm Deo sah



 improperly oriented keyboard

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Published in Issue 168 of Linux Gazette, November 2009