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  1. kenJackson

    Windows Tech Support phone spam

    I just got a phone call from someone claiming to be from Windows Tech Support. He said my computer sent them some error signals. If it wasn't obvious this is a scammer out to do harm, the fact that I don't have a WIndows PC would have tipped me off. So I strung him along. The more time they...
  2. kenJackson

    Ethernet failure

    Monday evening I suddenly couldn't access my upstairs PC from downstairs. This seems to happen every month or so. So I ran upstairs and unplugged the ethernet cable and plugged it back in. That's what I do to fix it. I haven't been able to figure out what's happening or why, but I isolated...
  3. kenJackson

    What's up with StackOverflow?

    Go to StackOverflow and click on any question. It switches to a theme that looks like it was designed by a 9-year old girl chasing unicorns, with the cursor crapping out colored stars. And there are references to "Y2K," you know, like 19 years ago? It's a day early for an April Fools jokes...
  4. kenJackson

    A new twist on while-loops

    If you've ever tried to use a while-loop like this, you've experienced some frustration. #!/bin/sh RESULT= cat db | while read index color; do test "$index" = 2 && RESULT="$color" done echo "Index 2 is \"$RESULT\"" Where I'm using this file named db: 1 red 2 green 3 blue When you run...
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    How can I list contents of a package in remote repository?

    How can I list the contents of a package in the repository without installing it? On Fedora, I can use this command to examine hexedit, for example: dnf repoquery -l hexedit Is there an equivalent for Ubuntu?