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Why is there a separate package repository for Debian security updates?

Why don't they upload packages to the normal package repository? Is this a general convention (IE, do other distros separate the repositories also)?
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Automatically update GCC to a later release without upgrading distribution

My understanding is that C++11 support in G++ 4.7.2 wasn't great (it gives me a warning everytime I try to compile my C++ code, presumably there are good reasons for these warnings), so thought I ...
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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
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to safely turn off swap permanently? (on Debian Jessie)

I fresh installed Debian Jessie with default partitioning on an SSD drive. My current disk partitions look like this: As I have 16GB RAM, I think I don't need swap. On Windows, I had it turned off ...
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Adding two default gateways in Debian interfaces file

This is my interfaces file: auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.1.10 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1 auto eth1 iface eth1 inet static address 192.168.2.10 ...
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How to use GoToMeeting in Linux

My employer wants me and the team of developers to communicate with them using gotomeeting.com service. Is it possible to use GoToMeeting in Debian? I know that officially GoToMeeting supports only ...
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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 ...
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rpc.statd running on system not using NFS

I have a Debian machine that gets warnings (via the Tiger automatic auditor) that rcp.statd is listening on such-and-such socket. Googling shows rpc.statd is a daemon used by NFS. As far as I know, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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Random mac address at startup [closed]

I would like to get a random mac address everytime I turn on my linux machine (debian). Is this possible? If so, how?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Missing init.d/apache2 file

I am new to linux and just recently messed up my first apache/tomcat configuration. After trying to delete apache and tomcat, and now trying to reinstall apache 2, I am missing the init.d/apache2 file ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Find which process is modifying a file [duplicate]

A specific file on our production servers is being modified at apparently random times which do not appear to correlate with any log activity. We can't figure out what program is doing it, and there ...
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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 ...
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USB storage devices aren't automatically mounted when inserted on a fresh install of Debian 6.0

I installed Debian 6.0 (squeeze) a few days ago on my machine. I installed the default GNOME desktop, standard settings. Unfortunately, I just noticed that when I plug in USB storage devices (external ...
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Do I need a special firewall on a personal computer

I am relatively new to Linux and was wondering about security issues. Most people agree that a virus-scanner is not useful on a linux system, but what about a firewall? I am using Debian wheezy stable ...
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How to download Debian package's source code?

I want to read source code of some package in Debian, how can i do that?
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Recover ext3 files from hard disk with bad sector [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover formatted ext3 partition I have a folder of about 5GB that suddenly disappeared. When I checked its hard disk, I found out it has bad sector for about 2-3MB on ...
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31 Debian CDs — Why? and which do I need for a vanilla desktop install?

I've been using Linux (Ubuntu) for a couple of months now, and I want to try Debian to see how different it is. Well, I've already found a couple of differences.. The first one that Debian-Live ...