Debian is a community driven GNU/Linux distribution first announced 1993. It is well known for its package management system APT and large number of packages. Many other distributions are influenced or originate from it, like Ubuntu or Knoppix. Use this tag for questions only related to Debian (not ...

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Debian 7.3 can't remove postgresql

Solved: I removed /var/lib/dpkg/info/postgresql-8.4 Now everything is fine. sudo rm -r /var/lib/dpkg/info/postgresq* I got this problem: alex@VRIL ~ % sudo apt-get install python3 Reading ...
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debian: what is “/var/log/apt/term.log” good for

My system is Debian Wheezy. I have noticed that when I run apt-get, additionally to /var/log/apt/history.log another log file gets created /var/log/apt/term.log. It seems to me that term.log contains ...
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Is it possible to install bottom launcher on Debian 7

I want to install Debian 7 on a laptop and have tried to read some information about this platform. On this review, Review Debian Squeeze 6.0.5 : The Father of Linux Distro , I saw the last slide ...
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What's the story behind Super Cow Powers?

As we know, apt-get has Super Cow Powers and aptitude does not: $ apt-get --help | grep -i cow This APT has Super Cow Powers. $ aptitude --help | grep -i cow ...
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Downgrade php version on debian

I have a big problem with my sites after I migrated to a new server. The only difference is the php version. On the old server I have 5.3.3-7+squeeze15 and on the new server there is ...
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rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred

I'm trying to move my emails Maildir from an old centos server to a new debian server. rsync -avz /home/me/Maildir ssh root@ipaddress:/var/vmail/me/Maildir I tried to copy an 8gb account, didn't ...
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Debian 7 black screen after loading OS

I have laptop Sony Vaio VPCCA with Debian Wheezy(7.1) installed as second OS. It worked fine for few weeks but now if I try to start Debian, there is all the loading stuff and when the GUI should ...
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Debian vs Mint? [closed]

I am new to linux and I can't decide whether to choose Debian or Linux Mint for my first distribution. Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu (if I understood right), and Ubuntu is based on Debian. But as I ...
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Terminate/skip SysV service during boot

I seem to remember that since SysV init runs services in a serial (not parallel) fashion, you can kill whatever's currently in the foreground with some key combination -- apparently not ctrl-c/z/d ...
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How to fail prerm script and preinst script with error message in Debian package

I structured my debian package in following way preinst script which displays EULA to user and ask for choice 'y' or 'n'. postinst script which install the package and updates the initrd image. ...
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nginx php-fpm index.php doesn't load

I have a quite simple setup with nginx and php-fpm, howsoever when I try to access my website with my-website.com I get a 403 forbidden error, If I access my-website.com/index.php everything works ...
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When removing a Debian package, how can I also remove Python *.pyc files?

I have a Debian package say XYZ.deb which copies some file on installation. As per Debian package policy on package uninstallation only those files will be removed which were copied during ...
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Add 'install selected .deb files' as command in Nautilus actions

Running sudo dpkg -i *.deb in a terminal opened in '/folder', installs all debs in the location '/folder'. What command to add in nautilus-actions (Nautilus-Actions Configuration Tool) so that only ...
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missed X-Spam- headers for all messages in exim4 + spamassassin

I'm trying to configure spam filter on VPS Debian Squeeze, exim4-heavy + spamassassin and dovecot. Exim version 4.72, SpamAssassin version 3.3.1, Perl version 5.10.1 And I have an irritating problem ...
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Hard disk power management with image toggling in display

We have a system in which we almost toggle some display data in the screen 24 hours x 7 days a week. Since our application runs every day, we see some hard disk failures in the field. Unfortunately, ...
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How to find out which (not installed) package a file belongs to?

On Debian systems (and derivatives): $ dpkg --search /bin/ls coreutils: /bin/ls That is, the file /bin/ls belongs to the Debian package named coreutils. But this only works if the package is ...
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Every few minutes sound is reset

I'm running Debian testing and I have a script that sets the volume of speakers on startup that looks like this: amixer -c 0 set Surround 50% > /dev/null & amixer -c 0 set Center 100% > ...
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Disable screen blackout in KDE while watching iPlayer

How can I turn off the screen blackout in Linux when playing a film in BBC iPlayer? I usually use it in Chrome, but if there is a way to do it in Firefox (Iceweasel) than it is good enough as well. I ...
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What is the difference between apt-get and dpkg?

I have several questions regarding apt-get vs. dpkg. Do they install to the same place? Is info from these tools 1 to 1 with each other? Is there any difference in the commands utility?
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Missing usbserial driver

I am looking for the usbserial driver: “option” for Debian Jessie and armel architecture. Is there a package that contains this and other usbserial drivers? Where is the source-code for this driver ...
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How to stop `apt-get` complaining about unmet dependencies? [duplicate]

I have been installing some applications onto my Debian system. Now there are some that have dependencies that I do not want installed with the applications at the moment. I have managed this by using ...
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track down executables installer

I have a freshly installed debian system It has vim installed using apt-get install vim Now I have the command xxd installed on the system. I know that this had to have come from the vim ...
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I messed up my EFI boot, what do I do?

I have Debian Wheezy installed on my computer using EFI boot. It used Grub2 as the bootloader. I then decided to install Arch Linux, using EFI as well, on another partition and chose Grub bootloader ...
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How to add a path to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell and login shell on debian

I installed some programs in /opt/my-program/bin, I wanted to add /opt/my-program/bin to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell and login shell. What should I do? Changing /etc/environment is ...
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Error after remove thunar

I'm not a Thunar fan, so I removed it and installed Nautilus. When I try to open picture or folder I have this error What should I do?
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sudo add-apt-repository - command not found (GParted Live CD)

I am trying to burn a DVD using GParted (not a DVD of GParted). I see that GParted uses a Debian distro (Wheezy). I am trying to install dvd+rw-tools: sudo apt-get install dvd+rw-tools Package ...
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Re-installing apps after a fresh install?

I'm on Debian and I want to re-partition my drive and reinstall. Is there an easy way to restore all currently installed packages after a fresh installation? I'm thinking of doing it by making a ...
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debian update-problem

When I run sudo apt-get upgrade: libc6-i386:dependency: libc6 (= 2.17-93) but 2.17-92+b1 have been installed; so dpkg gives an error and all the updates can not continue. If I try sudo apt-get -f ...
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iptables: The “script” way or the “*filter, rules, COMMIT” way?

I'm trying to figure out how NAT and iptables work. While I'm in the trial-and-error phase of learning about it, I found two somewhat conflicting howtos. One howto uses a script to call iptables ...
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Debian: An MTA just to solve dependencies, not because I really need one

It has bothered me for years that with every new Debian installation, a full MTA (Mail Transport Agent) was installed even if I had no desire to use the machine as a mail server. The MTA was necessary ...
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Keep private key for remote reprepro package archive local

Currently I am using reprepro and inoticoming to maintain a Debian package archive on a remote machine. The repo is configured with this distributions file: Origin: ... Label: ... Codename: squeeze ...
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Turn system on by USB keyboard?

To hibernate my Debian Wheezy system, I run the following command: sudo sh -c 'echo disk > /sys/power/state' To wake up the system, I can press any key on my USB keyboard. My understanding of ...
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FreeRadius/Samba/Winbind “reading winbind reply failed” error

I'm trying to set up FreeRadius (on debian 7, samba 3.6.6) to authenticate with AD, and I've successfully joined the the radius machine to the domain (server 08 r2). I can successfully run wbinfo ...
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How to create Linux header for newly compiled kernel?

In Debian when I want to compile my kernel module I need to install linux-header-* package and then I need to write some makefile like this: obj-m := hello.o KDIR := /lib/modules/$(shell uname ...
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Debian install halts

I'm running Debian squeeze on my Lenovo laptop. Recently I tried to install Debian Jessie on a different partition. The installation process goes smoothly, but at some point (around 99% completion) ...
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Need More Information About KDE Job Notification

I installed Debian 7.2 on a new laptop a couple of days ago, and now I'm getting a strange job notification every once in a while. It just says the following: Source: ...
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Choose other timezone when install Debian?

Why can't I select English and choose timezone outside US?
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Logic behind Postgres binary installation path on Debian

It appears that the Postgresql installation is split into three folder locations on Debian: Configuration: /etc/postgresql Binaries: /usr/lib/postgresql Data: /var/lib/postgresql I ...
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Configure touchscreen on Debian?

I have got Samsung Q1 Ultra with Debian Squeeze on it. Everything works okay, except touchscreen. The arrow almost does not respond to touching -- it only moves once in a while to a random place ...
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Linking the `mail` and `sendmail` commands to Dovecot and Postfix

I have recently set up my mail server with Debian 7.2 (Wheezy), Dovecot, and Postfix, as described in this guide. This is all working fine, and I have installed and configured Roundcube and ...
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Swap usage too high?

I have a debian sid box, freshly installed about a month ago, with no desktop apps running at the moment. Any command I try to run (via ssh) makes the hard disk work very hard. The system worked ...
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Can GNOME/KDE be turned off?

I have installed Debian Wheezy on an old laptop I want to use as a server. However, sometimes I want to use that computer to read webpages and write some code on it. So I want to have a GUI where I ...
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Invoking PolicyKit/polkit via xinit/startx?

I recently upgraded a minimal installation of Ubuntu (with no full-fledged DE) from precise to saucy and since doing so I'm no longer able to mount removable drives as a normal user. I googled a bit ...
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Static IP for 2 PCs on crossover cable in interfaces(5) file?

I've got 2 PCs connected on an Ethernet crossover cable. On PC1 I run: sudo ip addr add 192.168.2.1 peer 192.168.2.2 dev eth0 sudo ip link set dev eth0 up On PC2 I run: sudo ip addr add ...
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sources.list - Understanding syntax & structure in Debian

I have generated a sources.list file from http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/ with the following parameters: Country: New Zealand Release: Stable (Wheezy) Architecture: 64 bits Sources: Main + Security + ...
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Debian's no more needed packages

I'm using Crunchbang Linux on my laptop. I noticed a strange behavior of the package manager: when installing a package from the official repo (libdirectfb-extra in my case) apt told me that a bunch ...
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BAMT wireless connection no DHCPOFFERS received

I have managed to get my Edimax EW-7811Un wireless adapter registered and the correct driver installed, but need some help getting it connected to my WPA2 PSK network. root@bamt-miner:/home/user# ...
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Naming conventions / translation between dpkg and apt packages?

I've been trying to figure out package management in debian a little better. I figured out that you can list all the packages on your system by using the "apt-cache pkgnames" command: ...
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Installing acidbase on Debian Wheezy

I'm having issues to install acidbase on Debian Wheezy: apt-get install -y acidbase Throws: Unable to locate package acidbase My sources.list looks ok and I've already ran apt-get update. Am ...
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No sound on Debian VM

I installed Debian+XFCE using VMware and this YouTube video. Everything runs OK, but I have no sound in the VM. What's wrong?