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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Can I stop Linux from listening to a USB input device as a keyboard, but still capture events with a program?

I have a USB barcode scanner at /dev/input/event0 (/dev/input/by-id/usb-Metrologic_Metrologic_Scanner-event-kbd), and scanning a barcode causes it to send keypress events. I'm capturing these ...
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/etc/resolv.conf changes during reboot

My ISP asked me to use custom nameserver settings. I have placed these in /etc/resolv.conf. Unfortunately, every time I reboot the computer, the contents of this file is changed. To connect to the ...
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How Debian package should create user accounts?

The package qqq.deb installs the program qqq that should run from uqqq user account. The package consist of the qqq program, qqq.conf config file and /etc/init.d/qqq initscript. How should the ...
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How to bring up a wi-fi interface from a command line?

I can't figure out how to properly bring up the wi-fi card on my laptop. When I turn it on and issue $ sudo iwconfig wlan0 txpower auto $ sudo iwlist wlan0 scan wlan0 Interface doesn't support ...
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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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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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Help configuring a custom log file for iptables

I'm trying to log dropped packages to a custom file instead of /var/log/messages. To achieve this, I have added these two lines at the end of my configuration file: -A INPUT -m limit --limit ...
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How do I start Xvfb on startup on Debian?

I’ve got a Debian web server that I’m using for occasional screen-scraping via Selenum and Python. I use Xvfb as a virtual X server for Firefox to run on when being controlled by Selenium. Given that ...
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How to run a command after apt-get upgrade

Recently I came across the nice checkrestart tool, that checks if running processes use an outdated version of a recently updated library and would need a restart to load them with the updated lib. At ...
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How can I find the package that contains a program in Debian? [duplicate]

I am using a minimal Debian system which does not have the top program installed. I tried to install top with sudo apt-get install top, but top is not a package name. It seems that top is a part of ...
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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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minimal X.org xserver installation on Debian Wheezy

I installed Debian Wheezy with no desktop environment as I would like to use lightweight dwm window manager instead. However, as a first step, I need to install xserver. I would like to install ...
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How to properly configure sudoers file, on debian wheezy?

I have seen many blog posts that say, it is enough to do aptitude install sudo su root adduser USERNAME sudo But that only protects aptitude, in other words: aptitude install sendmail will ask ...
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Multiple screens on debian

I have two screens on my computer, but they all show the same image (i.e I can't activate dual screen). I saw on some blogs that I need to configure xrandr for this, but it fails to do so. Here is ...
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How do I set up the SELinux sandbox in Debian?

I've installed SELinux in Debian sid in order to use the sandbox that locks down apps to a restricted enviroment, but I can't get it to work. If I try to use the sandbox command in permissive mode ...
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How to convince APT that a cross-arch package is installed manually?

I have a qemu-armhf chroot environment on an amd64 machine (it's mainly for compiling Raspberry Pi code). As such it can run both armhf and amd64 binaries but it's faster doing the latter. There are ...
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How to change the default version of Python in Debian 7.5?

I'm using Debian 7.5, and I've installed Python 3.3 and 3.2. How do I make 3.3 the default for when someone types python in the command line?
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stop/start gui on debian

I would like to start Debian without the GUI and then just type commands in to launch the desired programs (which are located on my local machine), eg $ chromium-browser & I already do a ...
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Restarting Gnome 3 in Debian Wheezy?

What's the correct way to restart Gnome 3 (and Xorg) under Debian 7.0 Wheezy? I've seen older documentation on how to this, but it is outdated. The ctrl+alt+backspace shortcut no longer works by ...
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Installing debian 7 besides windows 8

I ask this question in superuser but no one can answer my question, I hope any one can help me: I bought a VAIO laptop which Windows 8 preinstalled on it in UEFI mode. Now I want to install Debian 7 ...
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TCP dies on a Linux laptop

Once in several days I have the following problem. My laptop (Debian testing) suddenly becomes unable to work with TCP connections to the internet. The following things continue working fine: UDP ...
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Installing Unity on Debian

I'm a former Ubuntu Unity user, and currently running Debian Squeeze. I love Debian's stability over Ubuntu, but I do miss being able to switch between applications use Super+1,2,3 etc. Has anyone ...
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Is there a standard way to start and stop services on Linux?

Until recently there was a simple and effective way to start/stop/restart services: service nginx start|stop|restart This worked perfectly for so many years,... until some smart-pants decided to ...
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How do I know which version of Debian I'm running?

In a tutorial, I'm prompted "If you are running Squeeze, follow these instructions..." and "If you are running Wheezy, follow these other instructions..." When I run uname, I get the following ...
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How to determine why my computer crashed?

Yesterday, I ran a bash script for about 10 hours. When I went to use the computer, it locked up. I have an Eee PC with Debian. The screen was still visible, but the mouse or keyboard had not ...
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How can I reliably “hold” a package in Debian?

I have a package in Debian that has been manually patched (not ideal, I know) that I must hold at its current version so upgrades don't overwrite the patched changes (I will manually inspect and apply ...
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Make apt-get update and upgrade automate and unattended

I have about 7 Debian servers I manage, and I would like to set them to automatically update themselves. So, I created a script as such: #!/bin/sh apt-get update apt-get upgrade and placed it on ...
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Finding an earlier version to downgrade to

On my Debian server, I upgraded the SQLite package to version 3.7.7 but discovered that it contains a critical bug that breaks several things including my Subversion repository. So, I would like to ...
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How can I resize my root partition in Debian?

I am trying to add space to my root partition and am really not sure the safest way to go about it. I have read this thread, Can I resize the root partition without uninstalling and reinstalling ...
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Removing broken packages

Recently in a bout of frustration with getting phpmyadmin setup, I decided to start from scratch. Unfortunately, during the uninstall phase, I was prompted with the root password for mysql which I ...
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How to make a distro be fullscreen on VirtualBox?

I'm running Debian as host and I fail to get Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora guests to be fullscreen. Changing video memory didn't help. NOTES: I haven't tried any other distro I didn't create WinXP ...
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escape characters in /etc/network/interfaces

I want to be sure that whatever string I pass into the line wpa-ssid "abc" in /etc/network/interfaces won't be used to break out of the configuration. All I can find in the manual is that \ can be ...
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Reinstalling all Debian packages

I killed by mistake a dpkg process running in the background and I would like to reinstall all packages to be sure everything is allright. First, I tried to get a list of all packages and reinstall ...
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How to run a GUI program as a different user (Debian)?

Using a terminal, I can change the running user with su and sudo — but how can I do that by clicking on an icon/shortcut on the desktop/start menu? If I have to be root to execute I will be asked ...
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Can I use and install Ubuntu packages in Debian?

I'm looking to install Linux Mint on my main work computer. Presently, I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on it after upgrading from 9.10 (both 64bit). Previously, I have always backed up and formatted my hard ...
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How to force fsck at every boot - all (relevant) filesystems?

I'm working with a fanless PC (hundreds of them, in fact) that has debian 6 and 3 partitions( FAT and 2x ext2). The system doesn't have a power button as such so most people tend to yank the plug to ...
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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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pm-utils: No network in suspend scripts?

I'd like to put a script in /etc/pm/suspend.d/ that needs network access (for a very short time) before allowing the system to suspend. However, even with scripts named "001_something" in ...
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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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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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Debian: very low resolution and an “unknown monitor” problem

Edit: I have installed CrunchBang (or #!, a Debian-based distro), and that seems to have solved all of my resolution problems. I've just installed Debian after using Linux Mint for a few months. ...
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Is Debian stable a rolling release?

The question is really that simple: is Debian stable a rolling release? If it's not a rolling release type OS, does a rolling release distro exist which is based on Debian stable? I know Debian ...
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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 add self to sudoers list?

I've added myself into the sudoers users list by using the command root@debian:/home/oshirowanen#adduser oshirowanen sudo If I try to run that command again, root@debian:/home/oshirowanen# ...
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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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Disable GNOME on a Debian Install

I'm very new to Linux, and I'm setting up a Debian server. Since I don't have any need for a GUI most of the time, I'd like to disable it from running at startup and wasting system resources. ...
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Debian PXE Preseeding: Can I clone my existing Debian system instead of using the Internet?

I'm currently working on PXE booting 10 or so machines to install Debian on them over the network from a centralized DHCP + TFTP server. I'm using the TFTP server to serve the Debian netboot image to ...
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Incoming/Outgoing seperation for VPN

My situation is that I want all my outgoing connections from my Debian server to pass through a commercial VPN service I've subscribed to, but I still want to run public-accessible services on this ...
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Upgrading Debian Squeeze To Wheezy - Should conf' files be kept or replaced?

I am currently upgrading my all-new Linode server running Debian 6 (Squeeze) to 7 (Wheezy) this way: Updating current system: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade Replace all ...