Debian is a community-driven GNU/Linux distribution which provides a large range of packages and supports a large range of architectures. It strongly focuses on free software. It has several derivatives, notably Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

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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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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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Reassign Ctl and Alt keys - xmodmap error

I am attempting to remap my keyboard in order to make emacs usable. My ergonomic keyboard puts its single Control key in an isolated 4-key island way off to the left. The OS is Debian squeeze. Here ...
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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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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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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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Disabling graphical login in Debian wheezy

I have installed Debian wheezy on my machine with a netinst image, now I would like to deactivate the desktop and boot straight to the command line, not only that but I would like to not waste any ...
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Installing a .deb package on Arch - Is it possible?

The problem is simple - I have a .deb package and I want to install it on my Arch Linux. Is this possible? If yes, how?
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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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How to undo sudo add-apt-repository?

I run sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/indicators to install my-weather-indicator but it requires GTK3 and I don't want to proceed. So I'd like to undo that command. I'd checked my ...
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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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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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How do I replicate installed package selections from one Debian system to another? (Debian Wheezy)

I am trying to set up a staging environment in a VM, in order to test updates before applying them to my main system. In order to do so, I have done a basic installation of Debian Wheezy (same as on ...
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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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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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Handbrake for wheezy?

Has anyone figured out how to install/backport a Debian Handbrake package on Debian wheezy? The only version of Handbrake currently in Debian is in experimental, and the dependencies are not available ...
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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 ...
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Separate Network Traffic on Two Network Interfaces

I am not an R&S professional, so much of that realm of computing escapes me. Could you lend your expertise in helping understand how to go about configuring the separation of network traffic on ...
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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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I can't adjust screen brightness of my laptop anymore

My laptop has keyboard buttons for adjusting screen brightness. After a Debian Squeeze re-installation, they don't work no more. [laptop] Acer TravelMate 6592; I use Fn< to decrease the brightness ...
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After upgrade, X button in titlebar no longer closes xterm

In theory, pressing the close button should close an xterm. It did before I did an aptitude upgrade. (I'm running Debian testing). But now it doesn't—clicking the X does nothing—but only for some ...
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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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Optimal SSD configuration

I am thinking about buying an SSD for my Debian system. However, because I don't know what is the optimal arrangement (i.e. what goes on the SSD), I am not sure what is the optimal size. Obviously 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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Setup WLAN interface on Debian

I am trying to configure wlan on my dockstar. I installed wireless-tools, zd1211-firmware and wpasupplicant. My /etc/network/interfaces file looks like this: auto lo eth0 iface lo inet loopback ...
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How to move the bootloader from a hard drive to a usb stick

I've decided to move my Debian bootloader and /boot from the hard drive to a USB stick. I'm using LUKS to en/decrypt my hard drive and the bootloader is the only unencrypted partition. How can I ...
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xdg-open opens a different application to the one specified by xdg-mime query

I run Debian Jessie without a desktop environment (I use the tiling window manager i3) and like to use xdg-open to quickly open files using a preferred application. I have an ongoing problem setting ...
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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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Weird behavior after upgrade

I upgraded my old computer and weird things have started happening. I successfully installed Debian and everything seemed to be fine but in a few days I noticed that after ~10 hours of work the ...
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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 can I mount a dm_crypt device during boot, it fails all the time

EDIT: Problem solved, i updated from Debian 6.0.6 to 7.0.0, everything works now! I have a complex problem at booting. Basically, I have a debian apache box, as a music server in my home network. The ...
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removing linux kernels

Below are all the linux kernels that are running on my machine. I am trying to make a debian base install as light as possible. The kernel I am running is linux-image-2.6.30-vortex86mx-apm. I am ...
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not able to create xorg.conf file

I want to change my colour depth. I posted this, and got the following answer: Create an xorg.conf file by running Xorg -configure. Then edit the Depth entry in the Display subsection of the ...
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Debian 6: media keys in gnome-settings-daemon don't work

I am running a minimal Debian 6 x86_64 setup with pulseaudio, alsa and gnome-settings-daemon. Whenever I press a media key, gnome-settings-daemon spits the following out to stderr: ** ...
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How to setup proxy authentication in the Debian shell?

I think that once I used export http_proxy=http://user:password@address:port/ successfully. But now when I use wget it shows Error parsing proxy URL http://user:passwordaddress:port/: Bad port ...
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chpasswd apply changes in the chroot directory

I have debootstraped version of wheezy on my Archlinux machine and would like to change it's root password: echo "root:toor" | chpasswd --root /home/containers/wheezy/ However I get an error: ...
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Is it possible to run debootstrap within a fakeroot environment?

I have a script that prepares an installation image by running debootstrap, does some modifications on the files and then copies the files to a disk image backed up by a file. This works under root, ...
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Why does Ubuntu use Debian “unstable”? How does it manage to be stable then?

Shouldn't Ubuntu use Debian "stable" for stability? How does it manage to stay stable by using Debian "unstable" ?
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What are the different CD's & DVD's for?

I'm planning to install Debian on my home server. It will be running some services like Teamspeak 3, gaming servers, Samba, etc... No business services like DHCP, DNS, ... needed. So as this is my ...
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Recovering files from partition (ext4)

a part of out homework assignment is to recover deleted files from the partition with the ext4 file system. I've tried using the extundelete tool, by following this tutorial. The tool recovered a lot ...
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Unable to install skype on LMDE,how to resolve these dependencies?

I have downloaded "multiarch" .deb file for latest skype and unable to install it on latest version of LMDE (linux mint debian edition Xfce x86_64). e.g step one : sudo dpkg -i ...
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The brightness on my Lenovo SL510 only moves between 100% and 0%?

I have a Lenovo SL510 laptop running Linux Mint Debian Edition (based on Debian Testing) using the Cinnamon DE, and the brightness appears to only have two settings: 100% and 0%. If I use the ...
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Make and apt-get Have Stopped Working

So I downloaded the non-free broadcom driver(b44) for my debian install, however when I try to make it I get the following error: make make -C /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/build ...
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How to install LXDM instead of GDM3?

I'm running Debian Wheezy and my default Display Manager is GDM3, and I would like to replace it with LXDM. The problem is that I'm trying to run # apt-get install lxde and it's not working, what am I ...
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Can't launch gnome-control-center, fglrx problem?

I have installed Debian yesterday. Later I installed the AMD Catalyst Driver because the system didn't detected the second screen. It worked perfectly. Now I can't launch gnome-control-center, I ...
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Cannot resolve hostname

I'm using a Debian on a RaspberryPi and the problem that I'm having is that I can't connect to the Internet. Every time I try I see a message that says "cannot resolve hostname". From the terminal, I ...