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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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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rpcbind-“warning” on boot

On my debian testing system, I get these messages in my /var/log/boot file: Starting rpcbind daemon...rpcbind: Cannot open '/var/run/rpcbind/rpcbind.xdr' file for reading, errno 2 (No such file or ...
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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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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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Xfce and Xscreensaver doesn't seem to consider keyboard activity “activity” - how change?

After I upgraded from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy, the combination of Xfce and Xscreensaver doesn't seem to consider keyboard activity to be user activity. Since I sometimes use only the keyboard for ...
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Disable screen blackout in KDE while watching iPlayer

How can I turn off the screen blackout in Linux when playing a film in BBC iPlayer? I usually use it in Chrome, but if there is a way to do it in Firefox (Iceweasel) than it is good enough as well. I ...
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Proper way to disable tmpfs on /run/shm

How do I disable tmpfs on /run/shm? I searched through initscripts and found that the following code checks the entry in fstab, but what should I change to make it not mount /run/shm? I'm running ...
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Running Debian i386 binary on Debian armel via qemu

I am trying to follow this guide to set up a Ventrilo server on my SheevaPlug, running Debian armel. This page states that I can use QEMU to run the binary that was made for i386 on my arm system. ...
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Auto-Mounting CIFS Shares on Laptop

I've seen questions similar to this asked before in several variations, but I have yet to locate a satisfactory answer. Here's what I have: A highly mobile Debian laptop that switches networks ...
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Debian: How to delay configuration when installing/upgrading?

One of my Debian systems is rarely upgraded. So when it is time to upgrade, there are loads of packages. Right now I basically have to monitor the upgrade, because every 50 packages or so there is a ...
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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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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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What is Debian's stance regarding GCJ and OpenJDK?

Both OpenJDK and GCJ are available for install on Debian, and now I wonder what's happening. Don't these provide same functionality?
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What's the currently recommended way to install node.js on Debian?

I've found a few different methods on the web, but some of the articles are quite old, and I'm concerned that the methods they describe have been superceded. Can anyone tell me what the currently ...
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Access to original contents of mount point

On my headless NAS I have sdf1 (a flash-card) mounted as / while /home is mounted from lv00 (an LVM volume backed by a software RAID). To be able to access the machine when the RAID fails, I have a ...
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How can I install more recent versions of software than what Debian provides?

Suppose I want a more recent version of software than is available for my current version of an operating system, what can I do? Cases to consider: There are semiofficial/official sources of ...
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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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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 do I temporary change my keyboard layout on Debian? (no X)

How can I quickly change my keyboard layout between US and German? setxkbmap does not apply here, as I only have an SSH shell. Persistent changes via dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration ...
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Why do some scripts need constant re-sourcing during debian init?

Studying the init scripts, I'm puzzled as to why some subsidiary functions need to be re-sourced again and again. Specifically the logging functions found in /lib/lsb/init-functions. Every script that ...
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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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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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Source code of the screens of debian-installer

Where do I can find the source code of the screens of the installation process of Debian? I've tried: apt-get source debian-installer But in this package I do not see the source code. To be more ...
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How to undo sudo add-apt-repository?

I run sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/indicators to install my-weather-indicator but it requires GTK3 and I don't want to proceed. So I'd like to undo that command. I'd checked my ...
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Installing Skype on Debian x64

I am new to Linux and I'm trying to install Skype using this manual. I successfully download the package using the command: wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb-64 ...
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How do I find installed packages that have no install candidate?

I'd like to retrieve a list of installed packages that have no install candidate (e.g., because I removed an apt source file entry). How would I do that on Debian-based systems?
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How can I chase a program who is rising up my laptop's temperature?

After 40 days of non-upgrading I came back from a trip and I decided to dist-upgrade my Debian Sid box. Everything went fine but after rebooting I noticed that the temperature was 15°C over its ...
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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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Mounting external drive does not work anymore

~$ dmesg | tail [ 479.558062] usb 1-1: SerialNumber: S07F1601A00000090095 [ 479.559231] scsi7 : usb-storage 1-1:1.0 [ 480.557093] scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access Ext Hard Disk PQ: ...
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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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What can I do when apt-get/aptitude doesn't create a menu item for an installed program?

Obviously, this question is specific to Debian-based setups. I find that, often, packages I install using aptitude or apt-get only say that a menu item has been created. No menu item actually ...
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How do I install Adobe Flash on Debian Wheezy?

I have tried following http://wiki.debian.org/FlashPlayer but on the very first command: sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree I get: oshirowanen@debian:~$ sudo aptitude install ...
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How can I view the list of packages that were “suggested” by apt?

When installing a package using apt-get install package a list of "Suggested packages" is displayed. What command can be used to print it again?
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how to stop the screen from blanking / blacking out?

I have re-installed Debian 7 (Wheezy) after a while. For the first time, I am using the open-free nvidia drivers (not nouveau) and vesafb for virtual consoles. I cannot, for the life of me, stop the ...
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How many commands can be queued up with control operators?

I have been reading up on control operators, and I was wondering if there was a limit to how many commands you could line up with control operators, such as ||, && and ;. In addition, is ...
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How can I install Sun JDK on a Debian based system?

I can't find any .deb packages for Sun's Java Development Kit. How can I install it on my Debian machine without causing conflicts with the already installed openjdk packages?
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apt: install packages downloaded previously

On Debian, I can download a package plus its dependent packages with apt-get install my_desired_package --download-only This will not install the packages, but only download them to ...
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Get diff changes between original files installed with apt and current files

I installed php5-fpm package using apt; then I made some changes to the PHP configuration files. Now I would get the diffs between the original files versions (the ones of the package installed) and ...
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Get newest gcc for debian?

I can't build my apps on gcc since I use various c++0x features. I'm on Debian 6 (Lenny) and after upgrade/updating I have gcc version 4.4.5-8. I'm unsure which version is required but mingw 4.6.2 ...
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Significant difference in speed between fsck using ext3 and ext4 on Debian Squeeze

Recently I installed Debian Squeeze, first using ext3 and then again using ext4 on the same machine. The automatic fsck done after a certain number of mounts is much faster using ext4 (about 1 min) ...
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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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How to regenerate /etc/init.d/.depend.(boot|start|stop) on Debian?

Suppose one deleted the following files. /etc/init.d/.depend.boot /etc/init.d/.depend.start /etc/init.d/.depend.stop How to regenerate them?
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How to I install zabbix-agent over apt-get

Why is it that on my Ubuntu 13.04 system I can easilly install zabbix-agent by doing apt-get install zabbix-agent. When I do it in Debian 7.1, it says that the package zabbix-agent can not be found. ...
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Does fail2ban offer any additional protection to SSH if password login is already turned off?

I’m setting up a Debian VPS on Linode to use as a public web server, and I’m following their security suggestions. The last suggestion they make is to install fail2ban, to avoid dictionary attacks on ...
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Swap usage too high?

I have a debian sid box, freshly installed about a month ago, with no desktop apps running at the moment. Any command I try to run (via ssh) makes the hard disk work very hard. The system worked ...
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How to add a path to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell for debian

After installing some programs in /opt/xxx/bin, I want to add /opt/xxx/bin to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell. What should I do?
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After update, Synaptics touchpad gives lethargic pointer

My laptop is running KDE on a Debian a testing/unstable mix. I recently did an upgrade, which pulled in a new xorg version (xserver-xorg-core:amd64 2:1.15.1-1 → 2:1.15.99.904-1), including all the ...
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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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How to automatically generate .desktop file?

There's a .deb software that doesn't have a .desktop file, I created that file. I want to create another package for that software, when the user installs it, I want the .desktop file to be generated ...
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realpath command not found

I have debian squeeze amd64. My current shell is bash. If I write the following in my terminal, it works: $ uname -a Linux core 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Fri May 10 08:43:19 UTC 2013 x86_64 GNU/Linux $ ...