Command line tip - determine a file’s type with file

Unlike some popular operating systems you might know of, Linux is clever enough to actually look inside the contents of a file and not just its extension (if any) to work out what type a file is.

This functionality isn't just hidden away - if you want to quickly peek at a file's type, or you have a binary file that you want to try and identify, you can ...

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Finding Advanced Settings on GNOME

If you ever find yourself looking to tweak your features to the pixel, you will find that GNOME does not offer the configuration option in its standard preference dialogs. Fear not, because GNOME has a tool that lets you tweak every option of your desktop until your head explodes.

This tool is called GConf Editor. You can run it on a standard GNOME desktop by pressing Alt+F2 and typing ...

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Finding files Part 2 - By Content

Yesterday's post detailed how you can find files by their name, permissions, time, or other descriptors. But you probably also want to be able to find files based on what is inside them. Grep is a tool that picks up where find left off, and can search inside files (though cannot do the same things that find can).

Again, we'll start with the syntax of the command:

grep ...

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