Handle NTFS partitions in GNU/Linux

To handle NTFS partitions in GNU/Linux you should install the package ntfs-3g

Note: From April 2011 the ntfs-3g and ntfsprogs projects joined forces so now everything is in a single suite: ntfs-3g.

Most likely your distribution may already have installed the suite ntfs-3g else you can do it by exec


$ sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g


# yum install ntfs-3g

Find duplicated files in GNU/Linux

One of the easiest and safest ways to find duplicate files on GNU / Linux files is using the tool fdupes, fdupes find duplicate files comparing the file sizes, making a check MD5 followed by a byte to byte comparison.

Change the state of package from automatic to manual

Debian GNU/Linux
I have installed the basic packages of the XFCE desktop, by typing:

$ sudo apt-get install xfce4

The above command installs some packages that I do not use as: Orage so I typed:

$ sudo apt-get purge orage
 The following packages will be REMOVED:
  orage* xfce4*
 Do you want to continue[Y/n]? y

P. Now every time I try to install an application apt-get show a message that there are packages that were installed automatically, and which are not required but they are essential packages to keep my desktop running correctly. How to resolve this?

R. You must change the state of those packages from automatic installation to manual installation by typing:

$ sudo apt-mark manual paquete1 paquete2  ...
Further reading

– man apt-mark

Failed to decompress file .tar.bz2

Debian GNU/Linux

If when you try to unpack a file .tar.bz2, you get the following error messages:

tar (child): bzip2: Cannot exec: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2

You must solve it by installing the bzip2 package

# apt-get -y install bzip2

Further reading

– man tar

Compiling Git in Debian GNU/Linux


Git is a distributed version control system, originally conceived and developed by Linus Torvald. Git has a great reputation due to its robustness, flexibility and efficiency. The Git development team adds new features at very fast rate then if your distribution is not updated with the latest features of Git you can compile it from the source code.

Compile php 5.5 with apache prefork support

PHP 5.5 introduces new features and improves several existing ones but to make use of them in distributions such as Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora we should compile it because at the moment in which I write this article PHP 5.5 has not been included in official repositories today LibreByte will show how to compile PHP 5.5 on Debian GNU/Linux.