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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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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Debian not reachable via its hostname in LAN

My debian is not discoverable via its hostname in my LAN. I have a couple of other ubuntu machines in the LAN and they are all pingable via their hostnames. on my debian: pi@raspberrypi ~ $ ...
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How to fix mpt2sas “port enable: FAILED with timeout (timeout=300s)”?

Since having set the drives attached to an LSI SAS 2008 controller to "Power up in standby", these drives are no longer being detected. Power up in standby is also known as PUIS, POIS or "ATA6 power ...
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Rip chapters of a DVD to separate files

I have a DVD with cartoons for kids and there are a couple of episodes on every one of them. How can I rip them such that every episode is in a separate file? I think every episode is written as a ...
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How to write init.d script log messages to disk?

I'm running Debian wheezy. Many scripts in /etc/init.d/ use various logging functions defined in the Linux Standard Base, like log_success_msg and log_warning_msg. The LSB documentation seems a bit ...
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Debian Squeeze: Left mouse click stops working

After starting a new session in my Debian Squeeze (6.0.4, always updated) running in a VM (VMWare Workstation) there comes the point in time where the left mouse click stops working, so that I cannot ...
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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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Reset running process when certain ammount of memory is consumed

I'm running a Hydra on Rasppberry PI. There were some problems with the program, but aside from these, there is a hidden memory leak in the program. The source is pretty big and really can't find the ...
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How long are Debian stable releases supported? like Debian Wheezy

I am Ubuntu user; while I know that Ubuntu 12.04 is LTS and will be supported until April 2017, I'd like to know what the projected support lifetime of Debian Wheezy will be.
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Map IDE drive to /dev/hda

I run a small home server with one IDE drive (for the system) and a few SATA drives (for a software RAID). The IDE drive used to be at /dev/hda and the SATA drives at /dev/sd*. After a power outage ...
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Command to install linux headers fails

I need to install my linux headers for an Nvidia driver install. But I get an error when doing so: peter@peter-deb:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) Reading package lists... Done ...
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Debian PPC on PowerMac G5 boots to blank screen

As a side project, I thought I'd try to throw Debian (squeeze) on an old G5 PowerMac. It installed just fine, but after the bootloader and kernel boot-up output, the screen goes blank. Looks like a ...
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Unpredictable memory explosions

The main server at my company has recently been having a lot of downtime. For reasons that neither I nor the other admins can determine, it has random (VERY sudden) explosions in memory. It becomes ...
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What is the difference between all of these Debian version numbers?

In attempting to find the version of Debian I am running, I have run several commands; the confusing thing is, nearly all of these commands return different results. For instance, in /proc/version I ...
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Why is it that my initrd only has one directory, namely, 'kernel'?

I'm using debian live-build to work on a bootable system. By the end of the process i get the typical files used to boot a live system: a squashfs file, some GRUB modules and config files, and an ...
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Connect to the Internet on a VPN connected server without Internet

I've a remote server which is not connected to the internet, but I can connect from via SSH to it through a VPN tunnel. On this client I got internet. Is it possible 'get internet' from the client ...
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Debian: unable to set up SELinux

I'm trying to set up SELinux on Debian 6 according to (the instructions reported on the Debian wiki). I've run this commands: apt-get install selinux-basics selinux-policy-default selinux-activate ...
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/etc/hosts for Debian

I was trying to get a perl script that contacts a PostgreSQL database to work on a server. This script was mysteriously failing. I then realised that localhost was not in the /etc/hosts file. The ...
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How to make PulseAudio and OSS only applications coexist on Debian Wheezy?

Before I fell back to ALSA, I had severe problems with PulseAudio deadlocks for years on my Debian system on which I am using some OSS only (requiring /dev/dsp) applications. I would like to see ...
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What is the correct way to fix the configure errror: “Requested 'libdrm_nouveau >= 2.4.33' but version of libdrm_nouveau is 0.6”?

This issue came up when trying to assist a user with the questions: What are the required build dependencies of mesa for Debian-based distros? and How do I backport Mesa on Debian Wheezy?. Mesa on ...
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Debian 7.3 (stable) with GNOME 3.4.2, new Nautilus accel won't stick

Since I've been using Debian with GNOME 3.4.2 (default version upon installation), I've always used the dconf editor to change the delete accel back to the normal delete instead of <ctrl>delete, ...
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“wpa supplicant: No network configuration found for current AP” - carl9170-driven wifi adapter glitching on Debian 7

I've got a Debian 7 machine with Linux3.2 kernel and a USB wifi adapter with Atheros chipset (D-Link DWA-16 Xtreme N Dual Band), which in theory should work. Indeed, I managed to establish a wifi ...
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Arch CPU temperature much higher than on Debian [closed]

I switched to Arch Linux from Debian/Crunchbang and noticed much higher temperature. It's almost the same configuration: openbox, etc and Arch runs with 57-70 °C but Debian works with 43°C - 50°C I ...
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Qt based apps have unreadable, tiny font sizes

I'm running debian squeeze with Xfce 4.6. Today I logged onto my machine and all Qt-based apps have really tiny font sizes. I took a screenshot with Kile, skype 2.6, Kate and gedit for comparison: ...
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How to start an application automatically on boot

I am new to Linux & looking forward to start application (which toggles a led every 10 sec). I have written the application program & it is working fine but now I want to start it ...
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Can I determine what changed in an upgraded package using apt or dpkg on Debian 6?

I just did an apt-get upgrade on my Debian 6 development server and noticed that a certain package named tinyproxy was upgraded. I have a particular interest in seeing precisely what changed in that ...
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“lsmod |grep audio” doesn't return anything?

I am running Debian Squeeze. I installed and removed Gnome3 and reinstalled Gnome2.x (epic fail and stupidity) and in the process I have lost audio, lspci returns following # lspci | grep Audio ...
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I always need to ifdown/ifup wlan0 after reboot

I'm trying to create an ad-hoc wifi made of 5 computers (one windows pc and 4 raspberry pi loaded with a raspbian) the raspberry pi will talk through mqtt, but tha'ts not the point. The problem I have ...
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How to trigger mount/umount before/after hibernation?

How to trigger mount/umount before/after hibernation? I use s2disk. Note: Debian
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Trouble understanding the Debian bug reporting system

I am currently experiencing this bug, except that I'm using the Wheezy/testing netinstaller. Strangely, I used the netinst .iso a few months ago, and everything was fine. So it almost seems as if the ...
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“no public key available” on apt-get update

When performing apt-get update, I get the following error: root@ADS3-Debian6:/home/aluno# apt-get update Atingido http://sft.if.usp.br squeeze Release.gpg Ign http://sft.if.usp.br/debian/ ...
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How to install Debian from USB? (Using full size image not netinstall)

I learned of a way to install Debian from USB using the netinstall image, which is fine. However it means I have to spend hours and hours downloading packages to do the install. Is there a way I can ...
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How to truely install a tar.gz file on Linux - how to manage manually-installed (or standalone) applications?

I see all these links explaining packages and .debs... I know that... and there are many kludges to get tar.gz files working (eg: update-alternatives for Java or manually dropping the file in ...
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How can I tell if my system is keeping the system time up to date?

How can I tell if my Debian system is keeping the system time accurate by getting NTP updates? Basically I want to turn this on if it is currently off, but I don't know if it is on or off.
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console-kit-daemon Hogging CPU and RAM

We have a system that's been a bit sluggish. top reports that console-kit-daemon takes anywhere from 18-30% CPU and about 50% memory. There are only two users logged in, one on X and one via ssh. Any ...
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How to remove a group of no longer needed Debian packages?

When building software, I sometimes need to install libraries, binaries, etc. which are only required to build the package but then I forget about removing them, so I end having to cleanup several ...
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Are Debian- and RedHat-style repositories compromised by Heartbleed OpenSSL bug?

The Heartbleed exploit (CVE-2014-0160) makes SSL connections using OpenSSL vulnerable to private key leakage. Does it mean that official update channels in RHEL/CentOS/etc. and Debian/Ubuntu shall be ...
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gpg starting gpg-agent on demand?

The man page of gpg-agent states: The agent is usualy started on demand by gpg, gpgsm, gpgconf or gpg-connect-agent. Thus there is no reason to start it manually. In case you want to ...
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How to get my bluetooth keyboard to be recognized before log in?

Because I need to use my keyboard to log in, I would like my keyboard pair automatically, pre-log in. I am using Debian squeeze, and am new to linux. All tutorials I have found seem to require the ...
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Converting `for file in` to `find` so that my script can apply recursively

I've been working on my first bash script for some time now (I just started UNIX this week). I have this idea of running a bash script to check some conditions and using ffmpeg to convert all the ...
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Debian + KVM: Which version to use? Stable or “new”?

I have Debian 6.0.4 (Squeeze) x64. Nowadays I use KVM stable package from apt-get. Could you recommend me using a compiled newest or newer version instead of using the old one KVM package from Debian ...
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How can I launch applications from 2 ttys on launch?

I've currently got 2 ttys logging in automatically, but I need to launch a node script from one and a C program from another as soon as the device loads. The device is a Raspberry Pi running ...
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Enabling apt repository priority in LMDE

I want to set up apt repository priority ordering in Linux Mint Debian Edition 2012.04. In /etc/apt/preferences the order should be: LMDE -> Debian testing -> Debian unstable. In other words, I almost ...
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changing the names of network interfaces, debian wheezy

I'm trying to set a name for an interface, "ethLan" instead of eth0. Doing so also ensures that the if's name will remain consistent at every reboot and kernel. I did find some articles in the ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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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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Keeping copies of the X log file on Debian

I recently tried to replace my Nvidia driver with the Nouveau driver for my Nvidia card, (see Switching from Nvidia proprietary driver to Nouveau driver for Nvidia card on Debian wheezy). ...
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Can I set my Debian box to use OpenDNS nameservers if it uses DHCP?

I have a Debian box with this in /etc/network/interfaces: auto eth0 allow-hotplug eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp auto wlan0 iface wlan0 inet dhcp wpa-ssid NetworkName wpa-psk NetworkPass and ...
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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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Debian user is not in the sudoers file

Accidentally removed my gnome desktop and am stuck in tty1. Trying to reinstall the desktop and keep getting the error "user is not in the sudoers file". Having trouble adding my user, new to debian ...