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I have created/launched Amazon Machine Image (AMI) instance powered by a CentOS/RHEL/Red Hat Enterprise Linux. How can I connect to my instance using OpenSSH Linux/Unix/OSX ssh client?
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I know how to optimize and compress png images using optipng command. line tool. I have lots of images in JPEG format. How do I compress and optimize JPEG images on my amazon cloud account so that I can save bandwidth on cloudfront cdn account? How do I use an image compressor to create lossless compression on JPEG files, with no effect on image quality in bulk using Linux?
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I am using CentOS 5 on my laptop. If I open gnome-terminal by right clicking the desktop, I am getting an error that read as follows:

There was an error creating the child process for this terminal

How do I fix this problem and open a terminal by right clicking the Debian / Ubuntu / CentOS / Fedora / RHEL / Red hat Enterprise Linux 5.x desktop system?
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I need to replace special characters with equivalent hexadecimal unicode under Linux or Unix like operating system. How do I list or find out unicodes for given characters?
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I need to transfer a file called 'some cool movie.avi' that contains whitespace under rsync. How do I escape a filename or directory name with spaces in them while using rsync command under Linux / *BSD / Unix like operating systems? How do I use rsync when files / dirs contain spaces?
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I am new to Linux sysadmin work. I am using vi / vim text editor to edit files located in /etc/ directory. I open files using

vi /etc/resolv.conf /etc/hosts

I can edit the /etc/resolv.conf file only. How do I switch between the two open files while using vim text editor under Linux / BSD / Apple OS X / Unix like operating systems?
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I am using yum update command with RHN to upgrade packages installed on my server, but getting the following warning on screen :

yum update -y
Loaded plugins: product-id, protectbase, rhnplugin, security, subscription manager:
Updating certificate-based repositories.
Unable to read consumer identity
0 packages excluded due to repository protections
Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
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How do I get rid of this warning /error under RHEL 6 server?
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