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closed as too localized by Aarthi Apr 6 '12 at 2:39

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using single or double bracket - bash

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    Good question & great answers, but 2 questions on SO & one from ServerFault (all good too) seem to push it down a bit in the search results. (+1 anyway) – Mat Mar 27 '12 at 19:01
4

Where to find the source file of function pause(void) and sigsuspend(set)

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  • We're easily at the top of search results since it's so specific; really good answer – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:12
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What's the meaning of the slash in crontab?

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  • This is explained everywhere (it's right on the man page), but we're pretty high in the search results, and the answer is accurate – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:09
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How do I use curl to download content from sourceforge?

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  • We lost out to a blog and sourceforge's own bug tracker, which both have the same fairly simple answer as us. There's not much to this other than knowing how sourceforge works and what switch to pass to curl – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:17
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Does CentOS fall into System V family? How is it considered to be while comparing with Unix System V family?

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  • ...this question is awfully-phrased but it is extremely good historical question, requiring more work. Unfortunately now hidden, perhaps a good place for necromancer to work ... – user2362 Mar 31 '12 at 22:43
  • hhh's edit helped a lot. We're surprisingly high in search results; I don't know much about the subject, but the answer seems good – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:15
3

Can I set how long ssh-agent keeps keys in memory?

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  • I wouldn't have phrased the title this way, but did a search for the title I would've used and found us as the first result, so yay. Another answer that just quotes the man page, but I'm not sure what else you'd say – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:19
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How to bypass GNOME Terminal when sending keyboard input?

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  • We were the first useful result for "send hotkey through gnome terminal". The answer doesn't really solve the problem, but I'm not sure Gnome Terminal has the functionality the OP wants. I would call this par, but I guess we're supposed to vote one way or the other – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:22
0

Where does Firefox 10 look for plugins?

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  • ...too localized, becomes rotten -- belongs to chat. – user2362 Mar 31 '12 at 22:38
  • This is covered on about 40000 websites, but we do somehow make it into the early search results for some queries (not "firefox plugin path" or "where does firefox store plugins" though, which are what I would've tried). It's certainly not too localized, it's exactly the opposite, but I have no idea if the answer is right, and the OP abandoned the question. If I'm forced to pick one, I guess -1 – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:30
0

Which arch linux should I download?

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  • ...too localized. – user2362 Mar 31 '12 at 22:39
  • We're destroyed in search results by official Arch documentation, which isn't a big surprise. The question doesn't really have anything to do with Arch, it's just confusion over architecture nomenclature. The answers are fine, but the lack of search position apparently makes this "bad" anyway (how can something make the internet worse if nobody can even find it?) – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:25
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Ubuntu Server - Access webserver from other LAN computer, setting up SSH or FTP, closing ports?

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  • Not a good question to start with - too many things asked. Answer isn't bad, but can't be real good or stellar with such a broad question, and it is kind of strangely findable nonetheless... (so -1 from me) – Mat Mar 27 '12 at 18:52
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    He crammed like nine questions into one; I'm tempted to close it, but I guess I should leave it until this is over. I also couldn't find any of the individual questions in search results, so -1 – Michael Mrozek Apr 3 '12 at 18:26

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