Every now and again my Homesite HTML editor, a (now-defunct) Windows’ program running under Wine, gets stuck and almost nothing I do seems able to bring it back to life. My solution has been to identify the associated process and kill it – a two-stage operation. However, recently, I discovered a command that kills the process in a single step.
Previously, I would issue the Terminal command “pgrep Homesite” which would return the process number, e.g. “3727”, for the running program. I then issued a “kill 3727” command in order to stop the wayward program’s operations.
However, since I know the name of the process, a simpler option is to use the pkill command as “pkill Homesite”. This stops the program dead in its tracks in just a single operation.
Kill a Process by Process Name from Ubuntu Command Line
Posted in Commands
In a posting made some time ago (Saving the planet – 3 or 4 CD’s at a time) I discussed the usefulness – and convenience – of being able to have one USB memory stick host several distros and utilities in a multi-boot format. The only odd thing about this was that, although the operating systems and utility packages to be loaded onto the USB drive were all Linux based, the program (YUMI) used to actually build the multi-boot drive ran under Windows. It struck me at the time that there ought to be a Linux utility that would do the same job. Now there is. Say hello to multisystem.
How does one associate a file type (extension) with a specific application in Linux Mint?
As promised by Zenju, the author of FreeFileSync (FreeFileSync and Ubuntu 13.10), Version 5.23 of the program is now available. This version of the file synchronization utility is compatible with Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander).
Have you ever had the problem where you double click on a script file and it opens in the editor rather than executing? One problem might be that the execute bit on the file (Properties – Permissions – Allow executing file as a program) isn’t set. Alternatively, you may have to tweak Nautilus.
The process for changing the desktop background in Ubuntu Version 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) seems to have changed from some earlier versions of the OS. In the past, one right-clicked on the desktop, selected “Change Desktop Background”, and then had the option to “Add” an image for use as wallpaper. However, in Saucy, this particular option appears to be absent, nor is it obvious how to use a new image file as wallpaper.
Posted in Tweaks
One minor disappointment with Ubuntu 13.10 is that a compatible version of FreeFileSync, my favourite file and folder synchronization tool, isn’t available yet for the new OS. But, if like me, you really want to use FFS – have no fear – a new version is in the works.