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Apache refuses to start on any port

I can't seem to get Apache to start on any port. I'm always getting the error: apache2(98)Address already in use: AH00072: make_sock: could not bind to address [::]:80 I checked to make sure that ...
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Which Debian package does /etc/environment come from?

I know that /etc/profile is installed by base-files, but it doesn't look like this package installs /etc/environment: $ dpkg -S /etc/environment dpkg-query: no path found matching pattern ...
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telling network manager to temporarily ignore a network device

I have a laptop with debian. Networking is configured with NetworkManager. Now occasionally I want to connect a device to its wired ethernet port and then bridge wireless to it. That all works in so ...
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Where does /etc/profile file in Debian come from?

Does it belong to some package or is it generated on install time? It looks like it isn't contained in any packages.
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lxde-rc.xml: set keybindings for PgDn

I am using LXDE, and I need to create keybinding for ALT + PgDn and ALT + PgUp in my $HOME/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml I already have the necessary code, the only thing missing is the correct ...
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Failure to connect Debian NIS client to OpenSuse 12.1 server

I'm trying to connect a Debian 7.0 client to a OpenSuse 12.1 server. The nisdomainname is correct, the /etc/group, /etc/passwd and /etc/shadown all have the +::: lines, ypbind connects, but the ...
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Debian package very large compared to zip file

I've just made a debian package, when all the files are zipped together the size is 60 MB, however my .deb file made from the same directory is ~150 MB. Have I done something wrong or are there lots ...
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How to install phpmyadmin 4.0 on Debian

Is there a way to install an up-to-date phpmyadin on Debian Squeeze via apt-get? I only found a PPA for Ubuntu on the PMA download page
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Configure courier to forward certain mails to external addresses

I have a debian 6.0 server with courier/courier-mta set up and some local domains. Now I want to create some forwards for some email address that should go directly to external addresses as there are ...
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How to get new release updates for debian ( 7.1)

my sources.list file seems like this : deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main ... and executed apt-get update several times but linux ...
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scp from one remote server to another remote server

I have one big file on server one and I want to copy it to server two using scp. I have the keys setup properly and I can ssh/scp to both servers from my desktop. The file I need to copy is larger ...
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Running a 32-bit application in Debian Wheezy 64 bits: Missing libraries

I want to play the game Aquaria in a Debian Wheezy 64 bits. The installation went ok, but when trying to play the game I get these errors: ALSA lib conf.c:3314:(snd_config_hooks_call) Cannot open ...
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Linking Ethernet interfaces

I'm quite new to Linux networking. I have a Debian PC with two Ethernet interfaces, one embedded on the motherboard and another on a PCI card. The first one, let say eth0 is connected to my router ...
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How to recompile exim4-daemon-heavy? [duplicate]

I have had a few problem with exim4 and various phone mail clients (Windows Phone in particular) that seem to result from bad mail clients together with GnuTLS. I'd like to recompile ...
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How to slow down the web

You may think that your internet connection is anyway too slow, but here I have the opposite problem. I am not very good at concentration, and I believe that part of the problem is the ease with ...
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setting up sendmail on debian?

I have a LAMP localhost server setup for some development and I want to test out if my code is working. Some of the tests involve checking if the correct emails are sent out by the code at the ...
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Problem with Xorg on Debian after upgrade to Wheezy

After I upgrade to wheezy I have a strange problem. See this image http://i.imgbox.com/accFOaW4.png to see what happening to my PC. As I move my mouse, artifacts of the pointer are left all over the ...
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System cannot load Ubuntu based OS's

I built a computer a few months ago, specs listed here. I then installed Linux Mint 13, but then when I wanted to install Ubuntu, the install would start, and I would select "Install". But when it ...
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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 ...
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Alternative Window Manager [closed]

Is there a window manager, easy to install on Debian, that uses very little resources? I only need bash and Firefox/Chrome, java and flash. And maybe something like notepad++ for Linux. Though I'm ...
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Environment variable for ip address

I see somewhere people use: IF_ADDRESS="$(echo "$IP4_ADDRESS_0" | cut -d'/' -f1)" to get the IP address in a network configuration script. In my system, I create a script under the directory ...
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Debian 7 on Macbook

I have just installed Debian 7.1 on my Macbook Pro 9,2. I'm trying to get the keyboard backlight to work properly. I can press the F5/F6 keys to get an OSD to show up on the screen, but the ...
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Chromakey -video-editing in Unix?

My friends are recommending me to use OSx for video-editing but trying to use old good OSs such as Debian and Ubuntu. How can I do chromakey -video-editing in some Unix or Linux?
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Losing static IP and and getting DHCP IP

I have a Debian 7.1 machine that is our internal intrusion detection system running snort. It has started flaking on me and will pull a DHCP address even though I have it set to static. This happens ...
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Black screen TTYs1-6 (KDE)

Since I installed KDE and removed Gnome, when I switch to any TTY1-6 I got a black screen. Switching back to TTY7 works fine. I don't know why is this happening, but I guess that some needed package ...
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Grey background in vncviewer remote desktop

I keep getting a grey background in my VNC viewer on my VPS, like so: My .vnc/xstartup is as follows: #!/bin/sh unset SESSION_MANAGER exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc gnome-session ...
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useradd --no-log-init [comprehension question]

TLDR: How is useradd --no-log-init actually used [in GNU/Linux [Debian]? I read the command's man and info page about this option as: »user will not be listed in the lastlog and faillog files ...
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Backspace, Tab not working in terminal (using ssh)

When I ssh into another machine with Debian with my account(with sudo permissions), my backspace key generates some awkward symbols on pressing. Also Tab & del keys don't work too. On the other ...
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Best practices for packaging self created software for Debian

I've got Debian packaging for a piece of software I've written. This software probably is too specialized to be part of Debian. In any case, for now I have no plans to try to include it in Debian. ...
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What is Archive field in Release file used for?

For example current Release file for Wheezy is following: Archive: stable Origin: Debian Label: Debian Version: 7.1 Component: main Architecture: amd64 Now I can't find description of this Archive ...
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Pinning and local repos

I can't quite wrap my head around pinning in Debian. I'm trying to automatically install a package first from our local project repo, then from our local stable repo and then from official Debian ...
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Installing Linux distros manually from live cd without installer

I am trying to install a debian based linux and I think its installer is broken. The live cd works fine, but the setup process always gets stuck at 9% and shows an error ("can't complete setup"). Is ...
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LIRC does not start after reboot

If I compile LIRC with this patched lirc followed by install using make install it works fine and launches without any error. However, after a reboot the same command fails with following error : ...
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IRC user configuration for irssi/ircd-hybrid on Debian

Running programs as root is dangerous, What's the best way to create a new low privileged user for Irssi and ircd-hybird on Debian?
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Set persistent routing table on Debian

I have modified my routing table by deleting one rule, and adding two new rules for my second interface eth1: route del -net 10.1.2.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 route add -host 10.1.2.51 eth1 route add ...
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redhat vs debian/ubuntu system architecture (& not deb vs rpm)?

What are the key areas (except package management) where Fedora/RHEL/CentOS differ from Debian/Ubuntu Linux systems? I'm asking this from a newbie's perspective to the Linux admin world so that I can ...
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splash.ppm in initrd or how to hide the init output in Knoppix

Where should I put splash.ppm picture file in initrd to make it usable with knoppix splash cheat code? I can't find much information about the question. I only read the description of cheat code: ...
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Unresolved dependencies though the packages are installed (Debian 6 Sqeeze)

I'm working with a VirtualBox 4.2.14 VM and Debian 6 Sqeeze as guest system and want to install some PHP modules: root@devmv:~# apt-get install php5-fpm Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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How to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy?

I would like to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy however it seems it is deprecated. The solution in this question works when installing 32-bit packages from Debian repositories, but there are some ...
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Should I use the VirtualBox Guest Additions from the host ISO or the Debian pool?

I'm running VirtualBox 4.2.16 on a Mac OS X 10.8.4 host. Inside a virtual machine, I'm running Debian Sid, up-to-date as of today (7/23/13). I want to install Guest Additions. Should I install them ...
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why do I have two different results if I run a program through terminal(as root) or /etc/init.d(or /etc/rc.local)

Background: I use Debian Lenny on an embedded device uname -a Linux device 3.4.0 #83 Sun May 26 17:07:14 CEST 2013 armv4l GNU/Linux I have a C code (say my_C_program) that calls a board specific ...
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GNOME Panel Completely Blank

I had rebooted my laptop running Debian while it was in a perfectly fine running state. After the reboot, I log in again, and the top GNOME panel is completely blank. I only have one panel as I use ...
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chkconfig does not display runlevel links correctly

I am using chkconfig to manipulate runlevel links on my Debian System (LSBInitScripts). I have noticed some inconsistencies, for example According to chkconfig, the script umountiscsi.sh is turned ...
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Difficulty setting up iptables

I'm very new to *nix operating systems, and I'm having some trouble which I believe is because of misconfiguration of the iptables firewall. My server has SSH running on port 22, and server software ...
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gnome online accounts - gmail ssl broken

I just setup my computer with Debian Jessie and Gnome 3. I added my Google Account in the Gnome Online Accounts. While most of the services (like chat and calendar) just work, I cannot receive my ...
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Weird mouse behaviour. Mouse too fast

When I move my mouse slowly over the desktop the pointer jumps often a few pixels (one or two) in the opposite direction of which I move my mouse. Horribly when trying to set the cursor around some ...
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difference between useradd -b and useradd -d

Can somebody please explain to me the exact differences between useradd -b and useradd -d in [Debian] Linux? Both seem to work quite similar to me, but then I spot differences that confuse me.
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Brightness too low in Debian Wheezy

I have just installed Debian Wheezy in my Toshiba Laptop and it works great. However, sometimes the brightness level is too low when starting the system. If I use the keys Fn+F6 to decrease and Fn+F7 ...
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Where is the Virtual kernel Memory Layout? [duplicate]

Specifically, where is the lowmem address range for 64 bit Linux 3.2.0 ? Other posts get it from dmesg. It is not in: /var/log/boot /var/log/dmesg /var/log/kern.log /var/log/syslog
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Troubles with unresolved dependencies on Debian 6 Sqeeze

I'm working with a VirtualBox 4.2.14 VM and Debian 6 Sqeeze as guest system and trying to (re-)install Nginx, but it's not working: root@devmv:~# apt-get install nginx Reading package lists... Done ...