Questions specific to the Debian official distribution (stable, testing, or unstable); if you are using a derivative of Debian (e.g. Mint, Ubuntu, Kali, etc), then use that distribution’s tag instead.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

4
votes
1answer
1k views

Are bsdutils, coreutils, and busybox all necessary in a Debian install?

I first installed Debian with a netinst CD without networking, then edited /etc/apt/sources.list to point to the main repository, then ran dhclient eth0 to set up networking. Then I installed less. ...
1
vote
3answers
5k views

startx autologin does not run in /etc/inittab in after Debian Jessie update

I installed a minimal Debian system (stable) without GUI, switched to testing/jessie to be able to get the Cinnamon desktop, but X didn't start on boot. If I log in as myself at the CLI, I can type ...
5
votes
1answer
723 views

Equivs: enhance or update an existing package without uninstalling?

Some background: I'm using Debian 7 as my main environment, and I want to tell my system that I have glibc = 2.15 in addition to the environment's required glibc = 2.13 for the purposes of using some ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

change colour depth

How do I change the colour depth? It says online to edit the xorg.conf file, but I don't have that. I am running Debian XFCE on a Powerbook G4
3
votes
1answer
297 views

Bash scripts ran from from gnome/nautilus don't have enviroment variables

In my ~/.bashrc and ~/.profile I have some variables set to some filepaths: export MY_VAR1="/path/to/somewhere" In my ~/bin/ (which is added to my PATH) I have a few scripts that rely on those ...
3
votes
1answer
684 views

apt installing more packages than specified as dependencies

I was trying to install texmaker from the repository. For installing the texlive I followed the steps described here. For this the control file I used is this. It has the file texlive-binaries in it. ...
2
votes
1answer
447 views

Debian unstable chroot security issues

This page describes how you can use the debootstrap utility to install a base Debian unstable/sid system on an existing Linux machine. The new install is accessible using chroot. When doing this, ...
2
votes
2answers
448 views

Creating a Debian package that does not remove directories after it's purged

I'm trying to create a Debian package that doesn't delete an empty directory after it's purged. Specifically, I'm creating my own package containing some CA certificates I trust. I'm following ...
1
vote
1answer
423 views

debian services not running

After an unexpected restart my debian machine is booting up to a terminal screen instead of gui. I'm not sure what to do to diagnose the problem.. but I've noticed that all of the services in /etc/...
1
vote
3answers
16k views

Where to download Chrome 32bit since it has been discontinued by Google?

Google has discontinued the 32bit Version of Chrome so on a 32bit Debian machine it's not possible anymore to update the APT repository: W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

Resize root LVM and FS in Debian 7

I have a Debian server and I would like to increase the "root" partition from 5GB to 17GB and to diminish the "home" partition from 14GB to 2GB. I am a newbie in linux sysadmin, so a really need your ...
67
votes
7answers
84k views

“no public key available” on apt-get update

When performing apt-get update, I get the following error: root@ADS3-Debian6:/home/aluno# apt-get update Atingido http://sft.if.usp.br squeeze Release.gpg Ign http://sft.if.usp.br/debian/ squeeze/...
19
votes
5answers
23k views

How to find out if a system uses SysV, Upstart or Systemd initsystem [duplicate]

Is there a simple way to find out which initsystem is being used e.g by a recent Debian wheezy or Fedora system? I'm aware that Fedora 21 uses systemd initsystem but that is because I read that and ...
35
votes
8answers
30k views

Differences between Debian and Ubuntu

I'm getting sick of Ubuntu's seemingly random changes. I'm thinking of switching to Debian permanently. Does anyone know if there's a list of changes between the two distros somewhere? I want to know ...
25
votes
4answers
108k views

How to install the latest Python version on Debian separately or upgrade?

I'm still new to Linux, so I'm still trying to understand where executables and their libraries are and how to install packages, so I have Debian Wheezy 7.3 which has these Python versions: Python 2....
6
votes
2answers
24k views

Two interfaces, two addresses, two gateways?

I have a system that has two network interfaces with different IP adresses, both of which are in the public address range (albeit via NAT in the case of the first one) and both of which have different ...
24
votes
7answers
15k views

How to convert a 32-bit (x86) Debian-based system to 64-bit

I have a 32-bit system which runs on a 64-bit processor. How do I convert it to be all-64-bit, without re-installing? I have seen somewhere that it is doable as a result of the new Multiarch framework....
23
votes
1answer
19k views

How do I know which version of Debian I'm running?

In a tutorial, I'm prompted "If you are running Squeeze, follow these instructions..." and "If you are running Wheezy, follow these other instructions..." When I run uname, I get the following ...
18
votes
3answers
11k views

Will Debian Wheezy (stable) automatically upgrade to Jessie once Jessie becomes the stable release?

I am on Debian Wheezy (stable) and routinely update my system via the basic: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade In the future, once Jessie becomes the stable release, I wonder whether ...
16
votes
2answers
13k views

Why is Debian not creating the 'wheel' group by default?

It appears to be Unix tradition that a wheel group is created automatically, but Debian (and children, naturally) doesn't do so. Is there a rationale somewhere? Where else have you seen this tradition ...
15
votes
3answers
25k views

Installing a .deb package in home directory

Is it possible to install a .deb package completely under my home directory at debian?
14
votes
1answer
6k views

Making Debian Bleeding Edge

I have Debian 6 installed on my computer and when I installed it a year ago, I was all about having a stable system for my needs; I didn't care about the recency of the packages. Now, my opinions have ...
8
votes
4answers
224 views

Finding all software packages in Debian that provide a particular alternative

The Debian distribution has the Debian Alternatives System. From the Wiki: The Debian alternatives system creates a way for several programs that fulfill the same or similar functions to be ...
20
votes
2answers
12k views

Upstart on Debian?

I created an upstart script in Ubuntu, thinking it would be the same for Debian. But Debian doesn't have a /etc/init folder that Ubuntu has. I went to the upstart download page and seeing that they ...
15
votes
8answers
47k views

Problem to launch java at Debian: “error while loading shared libraries: libjli.so”

I'm trying to launch java: $ java -version java: error while loading shared libraries: libjli.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory $ ldd /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/bin/...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

What happens when I press “Shut Down” from the GUI?

I have been banging my head against this for quite a while now. It's related to this question. I would like to find out exactly what happens when I choose to shut down my Linux box from the GUI. This ...
8
votes
2answers
9k views

How to circumvent “Too many open files” in debian

If I want to see all relevant log files of my apache2 server at once, I use tail -f /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/log/apache2/*log |grep -v robots|grep -v favicon But since those ...
8
votes
1answer
9k views

Can't get Intel HD 5500 graphics to work with Debian

I'm using Debian 8, but my integrated graphics card does not seem to be used. This is on an Asus Zenbook UX303 which uses HD 5500 integrated graphics: $ sudo lspci -vnn | grep VGA -A 12 00:02.0 VGA ...
8
votes
3answers
28k views

How to boot Debian into text mode without using GUI?

How can I boot Debian into text mode? My mouse and keyboard are working in GRUB, but when the login screen appears they don't, so I can't do anything.
4
votes
2answers
14k views

Multiple screens on debian

I have two screens on my computer, but they all show the same image (i.e I can't activate dual screen). I saw on some blogs that I need to configure xrandr for this, but it fails to do so. Here is ...
17
votes
7answers
7k views

Is there a difference of stability between Linux distros?

I've using Debian since 2010 for some home purposes and it has been stable. Is Debian still a good option if I need a server for heavy network, cpu, disk and memory usage? Last month I listened to ...
12
votes
3answers
35k views

How to determine why my computer crashed?

Yesterday, I ran a bash script for about 10 hours. When I went to use the computer, it locked up. I have an Eee PC with Debian. The screen was still visible, but the mouse or keyboard had not effect....
7
votes
1answer
5k views

The difference between deb versus deb-src in sources.list

I don't understand the difference between these two lines in my sources.list, please explain: deb http://mirror.optus.net/debian/ testing main contrib non-free versus deb-src http://mirror.optus....
6
votes
1answer
1k views

How to get bash to suggest a missing package?

While running Ubuntu, while trying to execute a commmand in bash, it used to suggest that the said program was missing but found in another package Y, and that I could try installing it. Now on a ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

Installing PHP7.0 from sid on jessie

I'd like to try PHP7.0 on Debian Jessie and am trying to install it from sid. However, php7.0 depends on php7.0-common which depends on php-common > 18 while php-common in sid is at 17. Does this ...
5
votes
2answers
5k views

bluetooth mouse disconnects

I'm using Debian Jessie (testing). I have a bluetooth mouse (Microsoft Sculpt Comfort) and I can pair it and use it ok, but after some time of inactivity (around 10 minutes) it stops working, I have ...
5
votes
1answer
148 views

card reading killing my battery, on macbook pro running Debian

I am currently using a macbook pro but the operating system is debian 8.2 not os x I am using a macbook pro but there's this one device that's just draining a lot of power. This USB device: Card ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Aptitude on Debian 6.0.4 “media change” to CD ROM

I've just installed Debian 6.0.4 on VirtualBox, and I'm trying to install g++. So, into the terminal I typed: aptitude install build-essential But it's trying to get the package from disk: Media ...
3
votes
1answer
5k views

How to mount USB stick on Debian Sid?

I've just installed Debian Sid on my computer but I cannot mount external USB drives as you can see in the image. Mounting failed Cannot mount "SENZATITOLO" Not authorized What should I ...
3
votes
1answer
4k views

Hopelessly stuck on making Nvidia Driver work on Debian

Before I posted question here, I'd been hacking around for the solution for my problem, but none of them worked. Here is my situation. I had a Win7 OS before I put a Debian Squeeze on it, now I got a ...
2
votes
2answers
460 views

How to disable warning message for Apt repositories using SHA1? [duplicate]

A recent update of apt (in Debian unstable) generates an warning message for repositories SHA1 signed. I get the idea you should privilege SHA2 signed repositories but I use some softwares which does ...
9
votes
4answers
3k views

How to keep my Debian system with the latest packages?

Most of the "Software" I install on my server needs to be the latest release (Java, Tomcat, MySQL-Cluster). So I never have the luck, that there are pre-built Debian packages (in the distribution) ...
9
votes
1answer
15k views

How to find out in which order /etc/init.d scripts are load on Debian?

I want to run one sysvinit script before another and figured out how to do that. To make sure, this actually happens in the the order I like, I would like to see a list, in which order that happens. ...
8
votes
4answers
5k views

Flash plugin of debian vulnerable?

I run Debian wheezy with Iceweasel as browser and have installed the Flash plugin similar to this description. Today I read that not only Flash on Windows and Mac also Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.350 ...
8
votes
1answer
3k views

Which Debian kernel should I install?

I've started installing Debian testing on amd64 and I've come to a screen asking me to install a kernel. It gives me a choice between linux-image-3.16-2-amd64, linux-image-amd64, and none. What is ...
6
votes
1answer
114 views

Check and fix all files from Debian packages.

I've been having some memory corruption issues, causing random crashes, but I've fixed them now. However, I'm concerned that some packages may be corrupted (as naturally any package update has to go ...
6
votes
2answers
6k views

Enabling apt repository priority in LMDE

I want to set up apt repository priority ordering in Linux Mint Debian Edition 2012.04. In /etc/apt/preferences the order should be: LMDE -> Debian testing -> Debian unstable. In other words, I almost ...
5
votes
1answer
467 views

Debian Jessie is installing too many backports

I have Debian Jessie and have added backports (according to these instructions): echo "deb http://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main contrib non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

How do I disable the touchpad while I'm typing?

I'm looking to disable the touchpad in Crunchbang 11 (Waldorf) while I am typing. The processes I've found online do not work for me. All guides I have found (this thread, for instance) indicate to ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

listing packages in Debian, a la `dpkg -l`, but including the package origin/source

I want to list all packages of the form $ dpkg -l libav\* but in addition to this output, I would like the origin/source (I'm not sure of the preferred term) of each package. If the package doesn't ...