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12:00 AM
Q: fail2ban unexpectedly "starts" causing duplicate iptables entries and flushlogs running at 99% cpu

Djones4822I've recently configured a Ubuntu16 server and I'm getting "fail2ban started" emails sent again even though the server did not restart. I noticed this has happened twice, both times the emails came in on Sunday morning. After this happens, I see that I have duplicate rules in my iptables -S outp...

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1:56 AM
Q: How to show boot logo only by grub2 theme in Ubuntu 18.04 server kiosk mode?

AcewindI need to show our production logo on an ubuntu 18.04 server in kiosk mode. Because the kernel must be booted in text mode with framebuffer disabled, I try to edit a grub theme to show logo png image. After GRUB_THEME is set in /etc/default/grub: GRUB_THEME="/boot/grub/themes/prodution/theme.txt...

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4:56 AM
Q: lsyncd - How to upgrade lsyncd from 2.1.5 to 2.2.3 version

Dhaduk MiteshHow to upgrade lsyncd from 2.1.5 to 2.2.3 version using the command prompt. Or how to install lsyncd 2.2.3. Does have any idea about this upgrade?

5:22 AM
@ByteCommander a matter of taste I’d say, but you’re right it’s easier to make formatting corrections in some cases with that
5:46 AM
I think it was a very recent addition
> Instead of using indentation, you can also create code blocks by using “code fences”, consisting of three or more backticks or tildes
nothing there on syntax highlighting -.- yes, I get it needs to be kept simple, but if users don’t learn about features as important as syntax highlighting (and most have no clue!) it’s … a pity
A: Implement ```-style (fenced) Markdown code blocks

balphaCode fences work now. function DeepThought(task) { this.task = task; } DeepThought.prototype.answer = function () { switch (this.task) { case "life, universe, and everything": return 42; default: throw "not implemented"; } } (view source on this answer) As much as ...

@dessert I had no idea you could do that. Just learned it this morning when I read @ByteCommander 's message
and we’re what they call power users!
5:54 AM
I thought I knew all teh markdown :(
While not hinted otherwise: <html></html> source <b>goes</b> "here".
this is used in the formatting sandbox to make a code block with triple backticks inside – it’s pretty smart
@Zanna you did until January 8 :)
haha probably not
I only noticed that fenced markdown was actually working about a month ago
I was like heyyyy when did that happen
6:32 AM
Q: What is the correct image extension of kernel image compiled from kernel source?

Vatish SharmaI am trying to learn the kernel customization and for this I have target OnePlus 6T device. I am able to compile the kernel source code on my Ubuntu 18 with the following steps: Download latest dtc from https://packages.ubuntu.com/cosmic/a...piler/download and install it. Clone kernel source co...

the dates are interesting here: the feature request for these fenced markdown code blocks dates back to March 2012 and now it got implemented in January 2019 – that’s not even seven years! :)
very fast response
6:52 AM
@Zanna Election almost done? And hi :)
7:11 AM
@andrew.46 hi :) how are you doing?
yes the election is ending in this UTC day, but after my bed time I think
Going well! More fun being on the sidelines with election :)
I am not getting enough sleep. I am drooping
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9:05 AM
I wonder what happened to the person who posted this question: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1144931/how-to-get-my-router-see-my-server

Apparently the same user has posted in other SE accounts without getting so "informal".
9:41 AM
maybe they typed that title in the wrong tab XD
I am finding that gmail is slow only on my laptop i.e in a browser... what could its problem be?
oh... it doesn't like the user agent switcher
10:00 AM
@karel Thanks for the tip! (cc @ByteCommander)
10:54 AM
@Fabby see above for more info and links about the feature, just in case you didn’t notice
@DKBose alcohol destroys SE posts
@dessert stared :)
Q: Is it possible to recover overwritten files from another operating System on the current operating system?

BarryOn my PC I had 2 operating sytems (ubuntu and windows) and for about 5 days I wanted to reinstall my Windows OS because of some bugs but instead of installing it on the partition where my old version of windows is I have installed it on the partitions where my Ubuntu OS was so my question is, is...

Q: Printing a variable in a file along with some existing columns

Debjit ChatterjeeI have a long file with three columns. I want to add a column (as the first column) with '5' for the first 200 lines and then '6' for the next 200 lines and so on...

11:53 AM
Q: Is there any advantage or downside to using "Clear all filters" in one's flagging history?

DK BoseI recently noticed this "Clear all filters" in my flagging history option. I'm guessing it should be fine clearing all filters once in a while?

12:42 PM
Could we have the close reason of askubuntu.com/q/1145024/367990 changed from EOL to duplicate of the linked question? EOL doesn't really matter here. (@ moderator ? )
1:01 PM
@ByteCommander what's the point? Only for OP? It will be deleted anyway
1:15 PM
on the long term, I guess you're right
but short term a duplicate close is far more helpful for the OP than an off-topic close, even though the relevant link is in comments
also talk about being welcoming.
1:32 PM
@ByteCommander Done.
The version was completely irrelevant in that case!
thank you ^__^
And in a few more hours we'll know if you will be able to do this yourself next time! :)
Indeed. But I guess Zanna seems ahead of me, at least according to the questionnaire votes and number of comments.
Q: I can't print to the terminal anymore

user8003788I have a C code and I would like to printf the outputs to the terminal and fprintf it to a file in my directory of the university server. I am a beginner in linux and recently I was trying to fix a problem on my computer (For sure I did something wrong but I can't remember it exactly) then I cou...

@ByteCommander @Fabby got the shrug going well ¯_(ツ)_/¯
1:47 PM
@ByteCommander Well, if I were a betting man, I'd bet on one of you two to win. But Vidarlo and Videonauth also have good chances, I think.
To be honest, I'm just happy that all the candidates are folks I would be happy to mod with.
2:17 PM
But the vote count on the questionnaire is a very, very bad predictor of the outcome of the election. Only the small, hardcore group of users will even read it.
2:30 PM
If I had to gamble, I'd say Zanna first, me second, Videonauth third. But I'd be happy to get surprised ;)
@ByteCommander fair...
@ByteCommander do you think closing as a dupe is more welcoming, or just that it seems off of us to close it for a weird reason?
2:50 PM
@ByteCommander not was not my order >:-D
3:06 PM
@Zanna I'd say it's more welcoming. Especially since the issue has nothing to do with the version used. Closing as EOL always felt to me as shirking the problem, somehow.
3:17 PM
Dupe trumps eol.
IMO the close vote that helps TS the most should be used.
@terdon I don't trust people with less rep than me on AU. Someone dedicated to AU would not slack off and be able to keep pace with me :+)
@Zanna I see closing as duplicate as constructive ("your solution is already over there") and off-topic as destructive ("your question is not welcome here, go away"). Doesn't mean we shouldn't do the latter when applicable, but if both are an option, I believe the constructive variant should always be preferred, as it gives the OP something useful to do next.
3:41 PM
@Rinzwind lol, so you'd only ever vote for oli?
4:05 PM
Trusting is separate from voting
4:22 PM
@Rinzwind Reputation is a rough measurement of how much the community trusts you. Does here community refers to {Community}-Rinzwind?
@Rinzwind Fine. Then I don't trust people with less rep than me network-wide!
I mean, you have 82k less rep than me, what have you been doing all this time?
Last time I checked I had more rep at U&L than Rinzwind :D
@DKBose He has a, what does SE call it? A razor-sharp focus!
You're not a proper SE loser user until you're a front-page user on at least three separate sites!
(as in shown on the first page when listing all users by rep)
4:37 PM
U&L is for people that are even less thrustworthy.They can't even decide on using Ubuntu :+)
Q: Unable to mount RAID4 volume in Ubuntu 19.04

Elcid_91Had to move an disk set containing a RAID5 from one server to another. Installed the drives and they spun up. #mdadm --detail /dev/md0 shows the following information: Version : 1.2 Creation Time : Tue May 21 16:27:01 2019 Raid Level : raid5 Array Size : 39067648...

@Rinzwind Wait, you're still using Ubuntu? In 2019? That's so 2016, man!
@terdon Budgie even :+)
@Rinzwind Ha! Not supported here!
Out you go!
yes it is >:)
@terdon Questions that you may ask:
Using and administering official Ubuntu flavors including: Edubuntu (14.04), Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu (16.04), Ubuntu Studio, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Touch, Ubuntu Budgie (17.04+) and Ubuntu "Snappy" Core.
see ^
I always will pick an official release for any OS I would use. Same with windows and their software for it: I pay for it or I dont use it.
4:41 PM
@Rinzwind Oh, dang, you're right! I forgot we added that.
@terdon "We respect a laser-like focus on one topic. "
@DKBose That's it :)
@terdon see how n00b you are?
@Rinzwind Wait, you've paid for your Ubuntu Budgie?
@terdon No. But I donated :+)
4:41 PM
Ah, fair
did so for every Ubuntu release I used
Does budgie have "focus under/follows mouse"?
So that whatever window your mouse is over has focus?
I remember trying it a while back and it only had click-to-focus which makes it unusable for me. But I may be confusing it with Deepin.
that is a gsetting iirc
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences focus-mode 'sloppy' that one?
would that not make it transferable to any gnome de?
ah gnome tweak tool 1 sec
focus on hover? seems to be the one
4:45 PM
Yes, gnome has it. I found the discussion I had with fossy
Nov 11 '16 at 13:44, by terdon
@fossfreedom do you know off the top of your head if budgie supports "focus under mouse"? That's probably the single most important desktop feature for me.
@Rinzwind Yes, perfect. OK, I'll try it out then. Although I've been very satisfied with Cinnamon for a few years now.
when on then chrome gets focus when I leave the windw
now explain why it is important @terdon
oh and did someone mess up an update?
Q: System problem detected

JanosRecently, after booting the window appears "System Problem Detected" - and I choose "Report problem". So how can I find out what actually is the problem? Otherwise everything works as expected. Xubuntu 18.04 on HP15 laptop.

that happens to me to as of today
5:00 PM
@DKBose I have 2 shell scripts:
shrug and sshrug
one does a single backslash and the other one a double and then I just copy-paste.
@Fabby I'm not a connoisseur of shrugs but I remember you asking for a code and then I too just copied it for occasions such as these ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I don't know if it's shrug or sshrug.
5:18 PM
@Rinzwind I very often have multiple windows open and want to copy/paste between them by selecting + middle clicking. Or I want to have one window above the others and be typing in the one below it. Or I just move the mouse and continue typing in the new window without having to click. I think the first Linux system I ever used was set up this way and I have gotten completely used to it. I can't work with click-to-focus.
5:42 PM
cool going to try it
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7:45 PM
Q: SMB Not Able to Use Date Command Substitution

TrivPantssmbclient // -W WORKGROUP -U user --password pass -c 'put ./file_$(date +%Y_%m_%d).file ./folder/file_$(date +%Y_%m_%d).file' The above does not work & gives me an error stating: ./file_$(date does not exist I have tried variables: date=$(date +%Y_%m_%d) This results in the ...

7:58 PM
> Download the election data and use OpenSTV for windows or mac to audit the results.
that’s a shame
where do we see the results now? or does calculating take time?
OpenSTV version 1.6.1 (OpenSTV.org)

Suggested donation for using OpenSTV for an election is $50.  Please go to
OpenSTV.org/donate to donate via PayPal, Google Checkout, or
Amazon Payments.

Certified election reports are also available.  Please go to
openstv.org/certified-reports for more information.

Loading ballots from file askubuntu-com-2019-election-results.blt.
Ballot file contains 8 candidates and 1185 ballots.
No candidates have withdrawn.
Ballot file contains 1185 non-empty ballots.
@ByteCommander Congratulations!
@ByteCommander Congrats :)
8:05 PM
Congratulations @ByteCommander for diamond on main and meta site and blue fonts in chat.
Powers are taking time
Someone should write a 5 line python script to parse those files :}
that’s a job for a new mod :D
Is it because SE uses Windows Server and it takes time grrrr...
@ByteCommander should we flag something for mod attention, just so you can see how that looks?
8:08 PM
Now its official
Byte got a diamond and blue fonts in chat.
Is ~/.local/bin a good place to make npm install stuff?
I'm thinking a directory called: ~/.local/bin/npm-global
Congratulations @ByteCommander :)
Q: 2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Jon EricsonAsk Ubuntu's sixth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and share your assistance and advice with them as they learn the ropes! Also, please join me in th...

What? Luis stepped down as a mod?
I didn’t know that either – was that the reason for the election?
8:15 PM
Congratulations to Byte Commander!
May his diamond ever glow bright!
@AaronHall bad timing ;) (and I don’t know an answer of course)
I'm going with it
@ByteCommander my condolances >:)
@Zanna @Videonauth @vidarlo Congratulations to getting this far! I expect all of you to be available in the next election as well.
I don't like arbitrarily messing with my PATH, so I put functions like this in my .bashrc:
npm_add_path () {
    echo "npm prepended to PATH - this messes up who knows what"
    export PATH="~/.local/bin/npm-global/bin:$PATH"
8:21 PM
@dessert not sure if i might try again considering the result this time
I don’t know him so good, but maybe anyone who does could write up a thank you answer for Luis Alvarado on the meta post above?
@Videonauth why? you got 1 less competitor and a whole year to gain more experience
someone hit me up if they think I'm being suboptimal...
a whole year? the last election was in 2016
and I think the next one will be a long haul away
2022 probably – I second that
8:29 PM
@Videonauth from my point of view we could have more activity from au mods in au chat ;=)
and yes, read between the line there :=)
Congratulations @ByteCommander!
@AaronHall you aint an AU mod so no comments from me
look at all the mods popping up :=)
I will be #1 and not be a mod though >:-DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
oh wow. You know, real life strikes at the most inconvenient times, so I just had to go afk right after I learned I made it for a bit.
I'm really happy now, thank you everyone for expressing your trust in me. I promise to do my best to live up to these expectations :)
@ByteCommander Go sign the agreement so you can get your diamond!
Waitwait @ByteCommander are you the new mod? Congrats!
8:55 PM
@JacobVlijm Indeed, looks like it. ^__^ Thank you.
@JacobVlijm he is still a user :=)
@Rinzwind I'll see that he won't have time for that >:
I thought though it wasn't to replace anyone. We're losing one of the friendliest mods ever.
9:22 PM
so byte already broke SE?
We are currently offline for maintenance
Routine maintenance usually takes less than an hour. If this turns into an extended outage, we will tweet updates from @StackStatus or post details on the status blog.
I... what... no? whistles
the site works for me at least.
@ByteCommander Congratulations!
Do we know by how much of a landslide you won?
@vidarlo @Videonauth @Zanna Next time your turn!
@Fabby Zanna was just five votes behind me till the last elimination round. It was very close.
@Fabby hey, you only kept half of your promise there >:)
yesterday, by Fabby
And whatever the outcome is, I'm going to ping the new mod and tell them "Congratulations to you and my sincerest condolences to the community for you becoming our newest mod!"
9:48 PM
@ByteCommander Congratulations!
@Fabby just for you:
> that’s the way to go if you’re dealing with both an unknown number and nasty vicious users (askubuntu.com/a/1145186/507051)
@ByteCommander Performing DR Test.
(=Still working)
Responses and jokes might be delayed...
@Fabby no worries, we know you’re sometimes a bit out of date ;)
Oh, I see. The Master of Disaster is still busy with his profession ;)
Hmm, now I'm getting server errors on some main page sites too :(
@ByteCommander you in blue, that’s just too much to take for good ol’ AU
welp im going to leave before i get my ten year suspension
congrats, byte!
haha, no worries :D
thank you
10:31 PM
My first mod action? Well yeah, I was just exploring the new data queries and saw my old post there. Looking at how it is pretty outdated and knowing I have answered/updated the same thing somewhere else more recently, that wasn't hard.
oh. you get to see my real name and email now
hmm. I guess.
though unless you give me an good reason to look at it, I don't think I will
you know, privacy and all that.
10:47 PM
Congratulations @ByteCommander Cheers :)
thank you
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11:58 PM
@Hizqeel hey! nice to see you drop by :)

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