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How can I easily configure samba share in Debian Wheezy?

I have just installed a new Debian Wheezy and I am trying to create a new share. I am using KDE 4, and there in the folder preferences menu I found option to share the folder with Samba - it doesn't ...
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Is Grub installed to all the MBR of a RAID array by default by the Debian Installer?

If I use the Debian Stable (Squeeze) Installer to install Debian, booting from a RAID1 pair of drives, does it write grub to the MBR of both drives - if not, how should I best protect against a drive ...
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rpc.statd running on system not using NFS

I have a Debian machine that gets warnings (via the Tiger automatic auditor) that rcp.statd is listening on such-and-such socket. Googling shows rpc.statd is a daemon used by NFS. As far as I know, I'...
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Unable to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy

I was trying to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy. I got the error The following packages have unmet dependencies: ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-i386 but it is not installable E: Unable to correct ...
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Debian: Which firewall for a newbie?

I have to install a firewall on my server (so without X Server). It's a debian lenny. If it is possible, I want to avoid the use of iptables. Is there a way to install/configure a firewall for a ...
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Making ruby available to all users

I intend to use Ruby when programming my Raspberry Pi which is running the Debian based Occidentals. Via SSH, I executed: curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby which downloaded the ...
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List of available services

Is there any command that would show all the available services in my wheezy Debian based OS? I know that in order to see all the running services you can use service --status-all.
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How to automatically mount an USB device on plugin-time on an already running system?

I know how to use /etc/fstab to automatically mount devices on boot or when doing sudo mount -a, which works perfectly fine. For example, here is my current line for my device UUID=B864-497A /media/...
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Uninstalling default VBoxGuestAdditions on Debian

When I ran sh /media/cdrom/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run I got the following warning message: You appear to have a version of the VBoxGuestAdditions software on your system which was installed from a ...
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Why there is no https transport for debian apt tool?

With all paranoia that has come with NSA revelations and everything, I'm wondering why debian package installation mechanism does not support HTTPS for its transport, let alone using it by default. I ...
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lvm devices under /dev/mapper missing

I'm using Debian squeeze, and running LVM on top of software RAID 1. I just accidentally just discovered that most of the links under /dev/mapper are missing, though my system seems to be still ...
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How to find which process is regularly writing to disk?

How can I find which process is constantly writing to disk? I like my workstation to be close to silent and I just build a new system (P8B75-M + Core i5 3450s -- the 's' because it has a lower max ...
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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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Debian Testing or Debian Sid?

I'm currently downloading Debian 6 DVD. I don't want to use Stable, I want to use Testing or Sid, but I don't know wich one is better for me. Is Sid really unstable ? Is Testing up-to-date like Arch ...
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USB drive permissions when automounting

On Debian there is the common problem, that you try to plug an ntfs formatted USB harddrive and then can't write to it as a regular user to it because the directory belongs to root. A little time ago ...
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Why do iptables rules disappear when restarting my Debian system?

I add this rule: sudo iptables -t nat -A OUTPUT -d a.b.c.d -p tcp \ --dport 1723 -j DNAT --to-destination a.b.c.d:10000 When restart computer rules are deleted. Why? What I can do to make ...
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How to launch an application with default “terminal emulator” on Ubuntu?

I wanted to execute some command in terminal emulator, like Konsole, but I need to make this cross-desktop. Is there some command like xdg-open, but for getting the default terminal emulator? I'm ...
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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 5/...
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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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/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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Debian 8 KVM Guest - Loading initial ramdisk

I have updated my KVM management script for Ubuntu 14.04 KVM hosts to support debian 8 guests. After a manual installation (preseed script does not work yet), I am stuck with the the following message ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Linux Debian codenames

I've got a few, quite silly, non-technical questions about giving codenames to Debian releases. Each Debian release has its unique codename, which is (so far) a characters' name from Toy Story movies ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Postfix doesn't send mail, complaining about “Host or domain name not found”

I followed these instructions in order to send mail and here's the Postfix log: Sep 26 00:46:24 tshepang postfix/smtpd[5728]: 8EE2464931: client=localhost[127.0.0.1] Sep 26 00:47:44 tshepang postfix/...
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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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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 /etc/pm/...