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: 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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Find and install man file manually

I seem to be missing some man pages, notably gcc and g++. It doesn't help that I specify the section. whereis doesn't list man pages for those two, so I think they are simply not there. With Google 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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What's with all the renames?

On my Debian system (well, my LMDE system, but close enough), I have at least 3 different rename programs: /usr/local/bin/rename : This is a Perl script, written by Tom Christiansen. Oddly enough, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Program to show keystrokes (shortcuts) on display

I'm going to make a presentation about a software product and it has some key shortcuts, that I want to show. Is there a program, which displays the keyboard-shortcuts, that I have used?
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Should I use http or ftp links in apt sources.list

Should I use http or ftp links in /etc/apt/sources.list? What I mean is is using something like, deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free deb-src ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ ...
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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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How to keep track of installed software

Every now and then I'm in need of updating a software running on one of our testservers at work (mostly Debian). What really confuses me almost every time is the fact that there is not just one way to ...
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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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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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Is there an equivalent to Arch Linux's NETCFG for Debian?

I have installed Debian Squeeze (minimal -- no DE) and I would like to connect to my network (via wireless) via command line. I have used Arch Linux before and I really liked the simplicity of netcfg ...
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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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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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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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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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Differences in package management between Debian and Arch

A discussion from this post made me curious of differences between Debian and Arch package management. Also, people tend to say that Arch is very light-weight, so I wonder what that has to do with ...
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How to get Nautilus to “Open with Archive Mounter”?

I see Ubuntu screenshots showing that one can right-click an ISO, and have an option to "Open with Archive Mount". How do I get that running elsewhere where it isn't default (Debian in my case)? This ...
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timed out, nothing received

I tried all and googled a lot! But I can't make work NTP on my server. This post is last hope! I have installed ntp on debian server with this configuration (/etc/ntp.conf): driftfile ...
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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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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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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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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 ...