Not enough disk space to update linux

I sometimes get an error from the package manager when trying to update my system. The error reports that I don't have enough disk space. I'm running Xubuntu 14.04. Here's the solution I found.

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Linux terminal: Available space on harddrive

df -h

Example output

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Linux terminal: Create hierarchy of folders

mkdir -p files/{css,js/{custom,external},fonts}

The above command will create a file structure as shown below. Cool if you need to create the same folder structure over and over - or dynamically. The -p stands for parent and the flag is defined as no error if existing, make parent directories as needed in the man pages.

└── files
    ├── css
    ├── fonts
    └── js
        ├── custom
        └── external
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Resize a windows without hazzle

Alt + right-click + drag

Simple as that. Hold the alt key, right click anywhere in the windows and drag to resize.

Doens't work for windows that are maximized.

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Check if package is installed on Ubuntu

$ sudo apt-cache policy <package name>


$ sudo apt-cache policy drush
  Installed: 5.8-1
  Candidate: 5.8-1
  Version table:
 *** 5.8-1 0
        500 raring/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
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Search recursive in files from terminal

grep -r "word or phrase" ./

To show only filenames add -l flag:

grep -lr "word or phrase" ./
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Check if package is installed on CentOS

rpm -q <packagename>


rpm -q iptables
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Screenshot via terminal command

$ xwd > name.dmp

Run in terminal and click a window. A screenshot of the window will be saved to name.dmp

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What should I back up?

I don't stick with an OS installation for very long. I can't seem to find one that I like and settle with it. I'm sure that the grass is greener on the other side - that another OS is better than the one I'm using. This post is about linux, so if you use Windows you might not get all of it.

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Determine system architecture on linux

Sometimes when you need to download and install software you need to choose between 32-bit and 64-bit. I can never remember what my system is, so I use this method to find out.
Execute the following command in a terminal
pg /proc/cpuinfo | grep "model name"
This will output the model name of your processor. For me it output "Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     P7570  @ 2.26GHz".

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