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How do I install a PHP CLI with a usable interactive prompt on Debian Wheezy?

When I install php5-cli on Debian Wheezy (currently testing), the interactive prompt is very unusable due to missing readline support (bug 341868). What's the easiest way to install a version linked ...
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When does Linux send a root mail and how to force it for testing purposes?

Let's say I want to test root mail functionality after I set up nullmailer, how do I force my Debian Linux system to send a root mail? And furthermore on which events does Linux send root mails at ...
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Preventing access blocking while external HDD spins up?

I have an old laptop where I installed Debian along with a samba server which I am using to share read-write access to 4 external hard drives, which I use to stream my media from. All works fine, ...
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How does sudo decide whether a command is only executable by sudoers with ALL rights?

I just wondered why on a Debian system with sudo installed a default user can execute ls but not ifconfig since the binaries do have the same rights: -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 114032 Jan 26 2013 ...
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How to make local system CA certificates known to Firefox?

Recently, the CAcert root certificates have been removed from Debian (more precisely, from the ca-certificates package). Since I want to keep them, I backed up the directory ...
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“sudo: apt-get: command not found.” after removing some packages

Recently I executed this command: sudo apt-get remove debian-keyring debian-archive-keyring To prevent this such error message: WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated! openerp ...
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How Do I Package a Django Website for Debian (Not a Python Package or Egg)?

I have been searching for the last two weeks and chased myself into multiple dead ends trying to figure out the path that takes me where I want to go. However I finally have to admit that my answer ...
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Can't Install netflix-desktop in Debian…Aptitude Has Unmet/Broken Dependencies

I'm trying to install the netflix-desktop package in Debian 'jessie'. I was able to get this to work on my laptop running Debian 'wheezy' a few months ago, but on my desktop I keep running into these ...
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USB keyboard doesn't work with Debian installer

I have a wired USB keyboard. I've written the latest netinstall Wheezy image on my USB pendrive (using dd). It boots but the installer doesn't recognize the keyboard! (The same pendrive works on my ...
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How to stream audio from /dev/dsp?

What is the best way to stream audio from /dev/dsp (I'm using OSS on Debian). I would prefer HTTP streaming, but if there is a way on another protocol, I can deal with that.
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How to get back from “testing” to “stable” - Kernel downgrade

currently I am having lot's of fun with apt-get - and the bad thing is, it was my own fault. I had enabled the testing packages in /etc/apt/sources.list to install a certain package. And I told my ...
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rebuilding kernel without using apt-get

I am setting up my Macbook Air 6.2 with Debian Jessie. since I do not have any wireless, I need to set it up manually, but all documentation I find how to do it are using apt-get apt-get install ...
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Unable to find the kernel source tree in Kali/Debian

I'm trying to install the driver NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-340.32 on Kali 1.0.9. I have some trouble though. When stop the gdm3, enter init3 and then start the installation by sh filename NVIDIA tells me: ...
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Install of pycrypto [Errno 28] No space left on device

I am installing this tool to Debian GNU/Linux 7.5 x64 (wheezy) and when I run install_mnemosyne.sh I get this error when the pycrypto installation is running: Downloading/unpacking pycrypto (from ...
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I can't find my soundcard using lspci; does that mean it's not linux's fault?

Pretty straightforward question, and according to this diagram it would seem the answer is yes. My previous sound card stopped working (ie. stopped appearing when I ran lspci) so I bought a 2nd hand ...
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How can I install all packages when apt-get dist-upgrade does nothing?

On my Debian system (Raspian Raspberry Pi), some packages were kept back. I tried sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, but this did not result in an upgrade. $ sudo apt-get upgrade -y Reading package lists... ...
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How to find files that are not owned by any package?

In my system I have files that not belong to any package, they are mine or from compiled programs installed with make install. How can I find all files that do not belong to any package?
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apt-get update won't update - undo /apt-add-repository

When I run apt-get update, this happens: Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release Hit http://security.debian.org ...
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“E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)” when I try and install OpenVPN. What is this?

Whenever I try and install OpenVPN on My Debian x86 Minimal VPS I get that error. Here is the full code if that helps: root@fadvps:/# sudo apt-get install openvpn Reading package lists... Done ...
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Locale not being set on initial login on Raspbian/Debian

When I log in to my headless Raspbian box using putty/ssh, the locale is not being set correctly. However, if I su to another user, then su back, the locales are then set. This session shows the ...
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Install nagios3 on debian by apt, file not found error

I have a Wheezy Debian system, and I've installed nagios3 using apt-get. When I go to myhost.com/nagios3 and then go to a page, for example "Tactical Overview" I get the error message: The ...
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Dual booting Debian and Windows 8?

My problem is a little weird (maybe to me only). Specification: Lenovo, Ideapad Z510. i7 intel core. 1920x1080. ISO: GNOME Debian 7.2.0 amd64. Bootable Device: Universal USB Installer. ---Process ...
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building Debian package fails at dh_auto_install stage

I'm trying to build a very simple debian package. I have two files, main_file and functions, they are both shell scripts, functions is sourced by main_file. There are no dependencies on any external ...
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Confused about the purpose of MESA with proprietary nVidia drivers

Since a MESA upgrade today (10.2.5-1 -> 10.2.6-1 in Debian Sid, which is unbearable lately, keep away), I noticed 3D-dependant applications complaining about missing the software rasterizer swraster - ...
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Urxvt cursor cutting off wide characters like 'w' and 'm'

I'm using the 14 px Gohu font, and it looks like these characters are offset one pixel to the left from the cursor which causes the cursor to ignore that part of the text when typing. I am using ...
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Seagate external drive freeze problem

I've recently bought a Seagate STBU1000200 1TB external usb hard drive. The first thing I did was to delete the NTFS partition and create an ext4 one with Gparted. Ever since, I'm facing strange ...
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Razor-Qt in Debian Wheezy?

I have Debian 7.3 Wheezy, KDE desktop and I want to install a light-weight desktop environment, based on Qt (like KDE, so I don't need to install too many dependencies). I've heard the buzz about ...
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Wireless interface only reachable when ethernet cable plugged in

I'm facing a problem that's about to drive me crazy. I'm running a Debian Linux distribution and currently trying to establish a connection to my wireless network (WPA2 security, wpa_supplicant ...
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Intel/ati hybrid graphics on debain

I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and start trying to test Debian (probably testing or unstable,as I want to try rolling release distros). My question is, how do I get AMD/Intel hybrid ...
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Recover file from previous installation? [duplicate]

I recently wiped an old ubuntu server of mine and installed debian, but i forgot to backup a very important file. I know there is a chance that the computer has already wrote over the file, but what ...
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Mysterious Reboot Preventing Debian from Loading

I recently picked up a cheap, oldish computer at a yard sale. It contained a 80GB SATA hard drive with Windows XP, but I want to turn it into a LAN FTP server, so I tried to set up dual-booting Debian ...
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apt-get update: How to check for GPG errors when using scripts?

When running. sudo apt-get update For example something like this could happen. W: GPG error: http://deb.torproject.org wheezy Release: The following signatures were invalid: KEYEXPIRED 1409325681 ...
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Gedit cannot save in shared folder (Virtualbox)

I'm getting the "Cannot save _ Unexpected error: Error renaming temporary file: Text file busy" in Gedit 2 when I try to save in a shared folder with Virtualbox (Debian). I've searched and apparently ...
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Two monitors: intel VGA + Nvidia DVI

Recently I've bought a GA-Z87-HD3 motherboard and a GTX 660 graphics card. Now I have two monitors, the first that I'm using is attached to the DVI port of the Nvidia graphic card, the second one is ...
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Java “Could not reserve enough space for object heap” even though there is enough RAM

I am currently having some issues running Java. It won't start because of heap issues. But I have more than 9 GB Ram free (or even 16 GB if you assumed the cache would be empty). This is the error I ...
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How do I use new fdisk table without reboot (kpartx)?

When I run fdisk and change the size of a partition, fdisk says at the end of its output: The new table will be used at the next reboot or after you run partprobe(8) or kpartx(8) I'd like to do so ...
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GeForce GTX 660 as passthough device with KVM : error no iommu_group for device qemu-system-x86_64

I'm tryng to use my GeForce GTX 660 as passthough device with KVM. I'm reading this guide : http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Multiheaded-NVIDIA-Gaming-using-Ubuntu-14-04-KVM-585/ I'm ...
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Lost mouse pointer in XServer

Have tried many windows managers including TWM, xfce and Gnome, but my mouse pointer is gone. It is invisible, but it performs all the actions. If I do the right click the context menu opens and this ...
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MySQL refuses to uninstall

apt-get remove mysql-server Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: ...
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How do I stop the “Green double-underlined links pop-up ads” adware in Chromium?

Summary: In the Chromium web browser (Debian), can you tell me how get rid of whatever is causing the behaviour called "Green Double-Underlined Links pop-up ads"? I'd like to stop the behaviour, not ...
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netstat — why are IPv4 daemons listening to ports listed only in -A inet6?

I have a computer with: Linux superhost 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.60-1+deb7u3 x86_64 GNU/Linux It runs Apache on port 80 on all interfaces, and it does not show up in netstat -planA inet, ...
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Why does the 'bin' user need a login shell?

During an audit of /var/log/auth.log on one of my public webservers, I found this: Jan 10 03:38:11 Bucksnort sshd[3571]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 ...
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XFCE on Debian: hiding block devices

I'm running XFCE 4.8 on Debian Wheezy and I can't find a clean way to hide a block device (system's SATA/SSD drive) on the desktop, but still be able to see / mount removable devices via Thunar. The ...
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Problem configuring Access Control on Apache

I have a little Debian Server which runs Apache 2.2.22. I have configured, with WebMin, a Apache Webserver that listens on the port 83. Now, in the root directory of this Webserver I configured the ...
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Pulseaudio: “virtual” sink just for controlling volume

I got a box that runs XBMC and other media apps, and various apps that play status sounds. I'd like to have two "virtual" sinks (basically just for controlling the volume of a group of applications), ...
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setcap error on Debian Squeeze: “unable to set CAP_SETFCAP effective capability: Operation not permitted”

My python script needs at least the CAP_NET_RAW capability, because it's using a pcap library, but I don't want to use sudo (and in fact sudo causes my script to not work properly, with the script's ...
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Some icons are broken in the application menu

I am using Xfce-4.10 on Debian 7. But I found some icons are missing (and only "x"'s appear) in the application menu. Take ipython3 as an example. Here's the ipython3.desktop: # If you want ipython3 ...
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/proc/cpuinfo showing zero cpu clock speed

I saw an interesting issue where the cpuinfo file from /proc filesystem shows the cpu clock speed as zero. It is a physical host with no virtualization. Can someone explain to me some probable reasons ...
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Debian Live 3.x with encrypted root filesystem

I'd like to build a Debian Live system based on sid with an encrypted root filesystem. It's quite easy to install a Debian system with a rootfs encrypted with dm-crypt/LUKS, so I suppose it's also ...
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Split DNS (bind9), match-clients any doesn't work?

I've been fighting with this for the last few days. A few of my entries have external and internal IP's. My internal network is 10.0.0.0/8. When I nslookup pc1.clase.net internally it responds with ...