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How to stop a daemon from starting up on boot-up in Debian

There's a few daemons I disable from starting on boot-up. As an example, I use the following: sudo update-rc.d -f postgresql remove I'm not even sure if that command is correct and I don't ...
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SSH cannot connect from Remote computer after a while

I can successfully connect to Debian via SSH. The problem is that after a while—1 or two days I think—it depends on the number of times I connect, Ii cannot connect remotely..only locally. ...
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What does deb-src mean in the sources.list?

I know I can download binary packages from repositories beginning with "deb", but what does deb-src do? E.g.: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu natty universe in /etc/apt/sources.list in ...
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/etc/hosts in debian resets itself on reboot

I've been having a problem where when our vps provider decides to restart the server (running Debian 5.0.8), the server fails to remember changes to /etc/hosts. All I need is an database alias that ...
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Setup WLAN interface on Debian

I am trying to configure wlan on my dockstar. I installed wireless-tools, zd1211-firmware and wpasupplicant. My /etc/network/interfaces file looks like this: auto lo eth0 iface lo inet loopback ...
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Debian VNC (Remote Desktop) only allowing first connection, then turns off

Basically if I reboot the machine, I can vnc into it (using ultra vnc) but I can only do it once. It seems that the vnc daemon stops working after the first remote desktop session is closed. I have to ...
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EBtales not working

I wanted to go a little bit further and install EBtables (the 2-layer filtering and routing table). The purpose of it was to only allow the minimal necessary(IPv4 and ARP). To test it I ran: ebtables ...
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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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How to setup proxy authentication in the Debian shell?

I think that once I used export http_proxy=http://user:password@address:port/ successfully. But now when I use wget it shows Error parsing proxy URL http://user:passwordaddress:port/: Bad port ...
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Tool to monitor in and out data network traffic w graphs and detailed stats

Is there a tool, that can gather stats on network usage? Requirements: Generate HTML (or other format, convertible to HTML) Time line graphs for bandwidth usage, also which hosts use the most ...
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Where can I get Debian initial version ISOs?

I am interested in installing initial versions of Debian on VirtualBox. Can anybody tell me where I can find these ISOs?
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Debian 6 - Disk partitioning too long

I just got a new pc that comes with an empty 250GB 3G SATA Non-Hot Plug 7,200rpm HDD. I decided to install Debian 6 from a USB, I chose the partition to be Guided - use entire disk and set up ...
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Setting up a Gentoo Repository on a Debian Host

I have a debian host, on which i want to setup a private Gentoo Repository for my college. I have started syncing the repository by a simple bash script whose snippet is as follows : ...
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apt-get - autoremove wants to uninstall Gnome

As empathy 2.30 in Debian Wheezy didn't meet all my preferences I tried out empathy 3.1 from experimental, using the command: apt-get -t experimental install empathy I had to find out, this version ...
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Problems with apt-get upgrade on Debian (404 Not Found)

I can't update my Debian Sid system. on running the apt-get upgrade I am getting: maciej@wladyslawa:/etc/apt$ sudo apt-get upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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How to disable wifi autonegotiation on debian6.0

I would like to disable automatic wifi negotiation on my 1000HE eeepc. WiFi Chipset is a ralink2860sta. I am using the non-free module and everything is working as intended except it tends to pick up ...
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Using live-helper offline

I'm trying to create a custom Debian liveCD using live-helper, but offline. It was more or less possible with apt-cdrom (using the official DVDs to solve all the dependencies). I did lh config and ...
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Issues compiling Tanuki Java Service wrapper version 3.1.2 under armv5tel architecture

Basically I need this specific version of the Tanuki Java Service Wrapper to run a specific Java application. I downloaded the source from the Tanuki website and I'm trying to compile it from source. ...
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Debian wake up from suspend password

I am using Debian Squeeze. When I suspend my laptop and wake it up again later, it doesn't ask for the system password. How do I fix this?
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Debian Iceweasel 4 problems running from command line [closed]

Followed this tutorial How to install Iceweasel 4 on Debian? in attempt to install iceweasel 4 on my debian 6 "Squeeze" machine. After installation it seems that I can only open the first instance of ...
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Gifsicle on CentOS? x86_64

I am trying to install Gifsicle on my server which is CentOS x86_64. I do not know which package to use or how to install it. Can someone with experience help me out? http://www.lcdf.org/gifsicle/
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How to properly prepare a server for power outages?

I have a personal Debian server set up, that I'm able to access in person and remotely, but normally I'm away from it and it's remote. It's on a battery-backup surge protector, but sometimes that ...
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In Debian 6, how to start a daemon as a different user?

I'm trying to start the Tor daemon as another user. When it installs, Tor automatically creates a new user "debian-tor", however, it does not run as this user, but rather as root. In Debain 5 I ...
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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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Where are Lenny ISOs now that Squeeze is out?

So the next stable version of Debian is out but I need to install the previous one (Lenny) because my VPS is running that version. I haven't been able to find an «official» download link for Lenny's ...
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Use aes-ni in Debian

I am considering building a small home server. I'd like to encrypt some folders on this server, therefore using the instruction set aes-ni which is supported by newer (mostly Intel) chips would be ...
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how to create debian package to install files to /home/user

I created a debian package, I want to install the files to the directory /home/user/myapp instead of /usr/bin but after install the deb, the owner of /home/user/myapp is root I hope after install ...
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Block keyboard on debian

I would like to block the keyboard for a kiosk-based application implemented on Linux. The keyboard could be blocked with "nohup cat /dev/tty0" on some Linux distributions, but it's not working on ...
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How do I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit Debian/Ubuntu?

I have a 64-bit (amd64 a.k.a. x86_64) Debian or Ubuntu installation. I need to run 32-bit (i386/i686) programs occasionally, or to compile programs for a 32-bit system. How can I do this with a ...
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Unpredictable memory explosions

The main server at my company has recently been having a lot of downtime. For reasons that neither I nor the other admins can determine, it has random (VERY sudden) explosions in memory. It becomes ...
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No manual page for regex in section 3 - where is it?

I found What do the numbers in a man page mean? which explains the sections for command/library documentation quite nicely, and I was looking at the output for man regex and noticed the See Also ...
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Lost mouse pointer in XServer

Have tried many windows managers including TWM, xfce and Gnome, but my mouse pointer is gone. It is invisible, but it performs all the actions. If I do the right click the context menu opens and this ...
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How to install a shared library in Linux

As part of my research work I have to study a rootkit. So I downloaded ncom rootkit and tried installing. It didnt have any installion files. Please help me in installing it.
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Missing init.d/apache2 file

I am new to linux and just recently messed up my first apache/tomcat configuration. After trying to delete apache and tomcat, and now trying to reinstall apache 2, I am missing the init.d/apache2 file ...
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List packages by installation date

How can I list installed packages by installation date? I installed a lot of stuff to compile a certain piece of code, and I want to get a list of the required packages, which are the ones I installed ...
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ext4 formatting weirdness

Just got a new 2TB hardrive for my Debian Squeeze Box. Trying to format it in ext4 after creating a Primary partition using cfdisk. I just did this exact process with a 120GB drive on the same ...
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Installing two glibc alongside in debian/ubuntu

Is it possible to install and use two different glibc versions on the same machine. Where one version is only used to run legacy software, which relies on old glibc binaries? Is it possible to do ...
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Advantages of Debian over Ubuntu

What are the main advantages of using Debian instead of Ubuntu?
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Debian Live - modprobe failed to bring up Broadcom ethernet interfaces

I have a Dell 710 with Quad Bcom NetExtreme 5709s. In the name of expediency, I'm trying to boot off the Squeeze live CD, but the Broadcom drivers are in non-free, so they don't come up when you ...
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Mutter and Intel GMA 4500MHD

I am trying to use Mutter with my Intel GMA 4500MHD (on my Thinkpad T400) in Debian Wheezy. However, it says: Not using GLX TFP and some effects get very slow. How can I fix that?
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Problem installing Debian wheezy from USB stick

I try to install Debian wheezy on my IBM ThinkPad X40 2372-CTO via USB stick. First i do zcat boot.img.gz > /dev/sdb with this image. After that i do cp debian-*-netinst.iso /mnt/sdb with this ...
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How can I manually set a partition as my primary one in Debian 6.0?

While installing Debian 6.0 I went with manual partitioning and apparently messed up. The OS only loads if I start the computer in recovery mode and fdisk output doesn't have primary partition. AFAIK ...
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Debian (Gnome): unable to login

I am new to Linux, installed Gnome, and unable to login, as only root is set, and disabled, I think after reading on the Internet. Now how do i get back to the command line, at least so I can deal ...
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Why does installing Debian from DVD download many packages?

I know Debian is general purpose, so a Debian install could just as easily be a server as a desktop. It seems, however, that even with a DVD of disk1 from Debian, it is downloading a tremendous number ...
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How do I make a certain command sudo-only on Debian?

What user and group should I chown it to? All admins are in 'admins' group. How do I chmod it?
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/etc/hosts for Debian

I was trying to get a perl script that contacts a PostgreSQL database to work on a server. This script was mysteriously failing. I then realised that localhost was not in the /etc/hosts file. The ...
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Inability to use IPv4-mapped IPv6 on debian squeeze

I have a squeeze box that I'm testing ipv6 on... eth3 is the interface... if I set up an 'normal' ipv6 address (::101:c0a8:3132/120), I see expected results in ifconfig... eth3 Link ...
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Creating a .sh wrapper in my debian package

I'm trying to build a debian package for a program that uses mono. My make install target currently puts all of my binaries /usr/local/lib/mypackage, then creates a tiny executable script in ...
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How to recompile a Debian package with -Os?

There are a few larger programs I am interested in compiling with -Os. The normal method I use to patch/recompile programs is apt-get source followed by dpkg-buildpackage. I learned from the ...
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Howto set access control lists ACLs in OpenLDAP

I'm using the Debian Squeeze OpenLDAP. Where can I set ACLs? Isn't it possible to execute the access to directives with ldapmodify? There's no slapd.conf file in Debian, they use a slapd.d folder