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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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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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Can I Uninstall GUI From Debian?

I just did my first install of any Linux OS, and I accidentally selected "Desktop GUI" in the install, but I want to build everything myself. Is there any way by which I can uninstall the GUI ...
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apt-get prompts for CDs when installing packages, how do I make it stop?

I used ubuntu linux before, and I installed debian OS on my labtop using DVDs that I burned. But when I'm trying to use apt-get to install software, the system always asks me to insert disk to ...
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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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Migrating from Ubuntu to Debian

I'm a long term Ubuntu user who is considering migrating from Ubuntu to Debian (mainly because of Unity and the fact that my school has a Debian mirror). I haven't installed Debian on a system before. ...
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How can I determine if my processor is 64 or 32 bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know that my CPU supports 64bit operating systems under Linux? I am running Debian Squeeze, how can I determine whether my processor is 64 or 32-bit? I'm ...
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Using OpenVPN with systemd

Ok, so I've been searching the web for solutions to this problem with no answers seeming to work for me. Hopefully someone can help me. I'm only trying to configure the OpenVPN Client. I'm running ...
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Debian: Is it possible/safe to install packages from an older version of the repository?

I'm currently running Debian testing (Wheezy) and am trying to get SCIM working. I want to install the scim-pinyin package, but there is no such package available in the testing repository, although ...
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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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can packages marked Debian/Ubuntu be installed in Linux Mint as well?

I have been using Ubuntu 12.10 for some time now, and I kinda hate it. 12.04 was a lot better. While i can still revert to 12.04, I am thinking about trying out Linux Mint based on 12.10 (the Nadia ...
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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 build a personnal cluster?

I have a debian server running some services (mail, web, git, mysql...). But it is alone, meaning that if it breaks, I have to repair it to access my services. I'd like to put a second server so that ...
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grub error “superfluous RAID member” on update-grub

My system (wheezy/sid: 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux) is running fine - I'm just wondering what some messages mean. I have two mdraid arrays running up on my system. Here's cat /proc/mdstat: ...
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Debian systemd network-online.target not working?

So, I'm trying to make systemd service on Debian Jessie. I need it to start after network-online.target is reached. The problem is network-online.target fires in the same time as network.target and ...
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where in Apache2 do you set the Servername directive globally?

NOTE: This is related to my question: "apache 2.4 won't reload, any problem with my configuration?". The thing is I'm trying to test a local site, locally. As I understand Apache2 (and perhaps ...
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Fail2ban block with IPtables doesn't work on Debian Lenny. [moved ssh port]

I've recently decided to do some security maintenance. I saw my logs, and there were some tries against my SSH server. At first, I moved away the SSH port from the default 22. After it, I read ...
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aptitude: Meaning of curly brackets, i.e. package1{b} package2{a} package3{u}

When using aptitude, the list of changed packages sometimes has a single character in curly brackets behind some package names. The man-page has two examples of them but does not explain them (version ...
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How do I install the latest version of Chromium in Debian Squeeze?

I know that Debian Squeeze has Chromium 6.x only. So I added backports but seems that Chromium is not included. Since Chromium/Chrome development is very fast, version 6.x has sort of become outdated. ...
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How to find out in which order /etc/init.d scripts are load on Debian?

I want to run one sysvinit script before another and figured out how to do that. To make sure, this actually happens in the the order I like, I would like to see a list, in which order that happens. ...
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Output visual (ASCII) Debian dependency tree to terminal?

I'm not sure if this is more of a SuperUser or UnixLinux question, but I'll try here... Recently, I found this: #710689 - aptitude: use unicode character in the trees - Debian Bug report logs It ...
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How do I configure syslinux to boot immediately

I'm tweaking a Debian live system (built with live-build), and I want it to boot straight into the system from syslinux — no menu, no timeout. According to the syslinux documentation, a timeout value ...
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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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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 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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How to enable “Predictable Network Interface Names”?

I decided to check out what name my ethernet device will end up with, but contrary to other distros, Debian doesn't seem to have activated this change (or is holding it back?), * Keep the old ...
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How do I make a gnome window only available on some workspaces?

Disclaimer: Actually using Debian here, not Ubuntu, but I am knowledgeable enough to find the right packages, and compile my own if needed. I am a rather heavy user of the Multiple Desktops ...
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Install new kernel in PowerPC debian

I compiled a new kernel image on x86 using cross compiler with these commands (source): $ cp arch/powerpc/configs/pmac32_defconfig .config $ make ARCH=powerpc menuconfig $ make ARCH=powerpc ...
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What's the difference between Debian Standard and Gnome?

I was wondering, is there any differences between Debian Standard and GNOME versions? Isn't Debian under GNOME by default?
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How to install some packages from “unstable” Debian on a computer running “stable” Debian?

On a computer running "stable" Debian, when trying to install a package which is in the unstable list on the Debian web site using the aptitude install <package>/unstable command, I get output ...
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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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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, ...
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How to interpret the output of 'lsusb' — What are all these Linux Foundation root hubs?

I recently found out about the lsusb command while troubleshooting a headset issue.. My laptop runs debian and doesn't have anything plugged into USB currently, but when I run the "lsusb" command, 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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Why can't I run GUI apps from 'root': “No protocol specified”?

I installed debian onto my machine last night. Now, I don't understand why I can't run GUI apps from a terminal when running as root. For example: sudo -i glxgears Generates the following output: ...
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Installing Debian without GUI for a web server

I'm unfamiliar with Debian (obviously), so I downloaded the live ISO thinking it might help me out. From the live GUI, I doubled click on the install icon on the desktop and proceeded - it gave me a ...
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How to create a list of installed packages for easy/automatic reinstall after disk is formatted

I'll change my system from 32 bits to 64 bits, and will be the same I had before, Debian Squeeze, but I do not want to lose the programs I installed before, because I do not remember the name of them ...
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Flash plugin of debian vulnerable?

I run Debian wheezy with Iceweasel as browser and have installed the Flash plugin similar to this description. Today I read that not only Flash on Windows and Mac also Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.350 ...
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Can't find smbfs package in Debian Wheezy

In squeeze there was a package smbfs for mounting samba filesystems. In wheezy this is no longer present. What is the new package name? Is there a general formula to solve problems like this?
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Automounting USB sticks on Debian

I'm running Debian Squeeze on a plug computer (so SSH only, no GUI) and what I'm trying to do is get it so that when a USB stick is plugged in, it gets automatically mounted. What I've done is ...
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Ubuntu vs Debian for server

What would be a better choice for a web server, Debian or Ubuntu? I mainly use Python & PostgreSQL with Nginx and sometimes PHP & MySQL. What are pros/cons of each?
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How to enable touchpad scrolling and tapping in Debian Wheezy KDE?

I'm trying to turn on scrolling and tapping with my laptop's touch-pad (the 2 left and right buttons are ok). I'm on Debian 7.3 (Wheezy) KDE-desktop and I have a Synaptic touch-pad. My laptop is an ...
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How to circumvent “Too many open files” in debian

If I want to see all relevant log files of my apache2 server at once, I use tail -f /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/log/apache2/*log |grep -v robots|grep -v favicon But since those ...
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start nginx on boot with systemd

I just installed nginx 1.9 on a debian 8 server. nginx is working fine, when I tell it to run, but it wont seem to load nginx automaticaly on boot. I have tried numerious init scripts recomended on ...
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disable init.d script in systemd

I changed the init system from sysvinit to systemd on a raspbian installation. The install boots fine, but now starts lightdm on boot. I don't want it to do that. I noticed lightdm.service is started ...
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Why is my system architecture i386 on a 64-bit processor? [closed]

Recently, a small message appeared on my Gmail, notifying me that my google chrome version isn't compatible anymore. So I tried to update my chrome (I didn't take care about my chrome version from ...
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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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Reverse DNS lookups slowing down network operations on LAN

Environment My LAN setup is quite basic: A router connected to the ISP's modem and the internet My development pc directly connected to the router The router provides DHCP but does not run its ...
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How to boot Debian into text mode without using GUI?

How can I boot Debian into text mode? My mouse and keyboard are working in GRUB, but when the login screen appears they don't, so I can't do anything.
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IPTables - Port to another ip & port (from the inside)

I currently have a NAS box running under port 80. To access the NAS from the outside, I mapped the port 8080 to port 80 on the NAS as follow: iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 8080 -j DNAT ...