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Debian machine makes repeated requests to DNS for <gateway_ip>.in-addr.arpa

I recently forwarded all my router logs to my Debian machine. I noticed a repeated entry in the router logs. The entry is: Sep 14 17:07:29 192.168.0.1 [Host 192.168.0.1] UDP 192.168.0.2,38048 --> ...
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CUPS timeout for change status to error

I recently installed CUPS 1.5.3 on my Debian Squeeze server. I don't think it's relevant but I think the latest version is 1.6.3, right? However, I'm installing with aptitude, so I'm getting this ...
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What packages are installed by default in Debian? Is there a term for that set? Why some of those packages are `automatically installed` and some not?

It's a very simple question, but I wonder, is there a term to refer to the subset of packages that is automatically installed by Debian distribution? I though that it had something to do with ...
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How to upgrade Debian stable (Wheezy) to testing (Jessie)? [duplicate]

I downloaded and installed Debian 7 Wheezy, the stable version, but I would like more recent apps and libs so I'd like to switch to testing version (aka Jessie). How do I proceed?
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NIS users can't use yppasswd on client machines

I'm administrating a system where users authenticate via NIS and things went wrong when a user tried to use yppasswd to change her password. She got the error: yppasswd: yppasswdd not running on NIS ...
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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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MongoDB install errors / E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I'm trying to install things in Linux (Crunchbang Linux - a derivation of Debian), and I'm getting errors which point towards mongodb-20gen. When I try to remove it using :- cometbill@Linuxn00b:~$ ...
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Debian Sparc on Sunfire 240V recommended?

We're working on a Sunfire V240 server with SunOS 5.9 (Solaris 9, yeah really old one), I'm not expert on server architecture and I'd like your advices about installing Debian Sparc on those systems. ...
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Meaning of the extra apt-get options in early APT history

Following is the first few entries in /var/log/apt/history.log from a fresh installation of Debian 7.0: Start-Date: 2013-05-09 20:02:18 Commandline: apt-get -o APT::Status-Fd=4 -o APT::Keep-Fds::=5 ...
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Failure in the middle of a Debian upgrade

I am facing an very serious problem. I am updating my laptop from Debian 7.0 to the current testing distro. One package(veusz.helper) dependency was lost and the upgrade process can't move forward. ...
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What do '+b#' packages versions mean in Debian?

Today I checked out my upgrades and saw 63 upgrades in Debian testing. Fine. I got curious because most of them are held back, so I used -V to see the versions. To my surprise, most of them where ...
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Incompatible versions of libsqlite3-0 (i386 and amd64) block each other

I'm trying to install the various i386 libraries required for skype on linux (debian 7.0 wheezy 64-bit), but I've run into a problem where apparently the two versions of libsqlite-3-0 are each ...
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Debian Wheezy 7.1 - can't launch Skype or Firefox [duplicate]

I've installed Skype by using dkpg and when I try to run it, this is what I get -bash: /usr/bin/skype: No such file or directory. Which is very strange since ls -l | grep skype shows this: -rwxr-xr-x ...
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How to install Debian with encrypted / and passphrase required before login-screen?

I'm trying to install Debian in my Dell inspiron 8GB ram + 500GB HD. Althought I could install it without any problems with the regular install and even with a few modifications, I'm trying to ...
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Webmin alternative that installs & runs on the client machine & communicate via SSH

Are there any Webmin alternatives that don't consume server resources but instead install on client machine & communicate via SSH client. So effectively all the actions made on that GUI are ...
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How to get byobu to start at startup with a command executed, as root?

I want when the computer start, a byobu session is started and a command executed in the first window (windows 0), without requiring any user intervention. It is very important that this doesn't ...
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Install dwb browser

I try to install dwb on debian wheezy. There is a package but the version is old and I would like a newer version. The version in wheezy does not provide dwbem, suddenly I can not install flaskblock ...
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Change PATH in Debian 7.1.0 for JAVA

I would like to change the PATH of my Debian 7.1.0 system to link the java version I want. If I insert into the terminal: java -version I get: java version "1.6.0_27" OpenJDK Runtime Environment ...
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How do I add other language in a Debian system?

I want to add another language in Debian. I have done dpkg-reconfigure locales locale -a C C.UTF-8 en_US.utf8 POSIX ru_RU.utf8 but I don't have any result. root@ai:/home/volkov# locale ...
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bash_completion not working (for some commands)

I have new installation of Debian Wheezy, and I have noticed bash_completion does not work for some commands. For example, it works for ping, but not for host (both ping and host should complete ...
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Debian 7.1: duplicity error when using gdocs backend

I've installed duplicity backup tool plus python-gdata library on my debian 7.1 amd64 system. When I want to use duplicity to store my documents on Google Drive, it shows this error after asking for ...
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Debian segfault in libc2.7

I am running a test on my machine in which I assigned a lot of IPs to some tap interfaces (created by me before the test) on my debian machine and tried to run curl commands with the source being ...
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update-alternatives: disable log file /var/log/alternatives.log

I would like to disable the logfile /var/log/alternatives.log. I understand that this is being logged by update-alternatives script, and I also understand that update-alternatives can take the ...
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How to install gcc 4.8.1 on debian wheezy

I would like to install GCC 4.8.1 on my Debian Wheezy 7.1.0 system. The current version of GCC installed on my system is the 4.7.2. I see gcc-4.8.1 is available on the Debian repository. Can someone ...
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Mysql log confusion

I have installed a standard installation of mysql on Debian Wheezy and I am confused as to where the logs are supposed to be logged. In my /var/log/ directory, there are files mysql.log which are ...
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Cron allowed special character “L” for “Last day of the month” on Debian

I'd like to know if L is one of the allowed special characters on Debian's cron implementation? I'm trying to set up a cron to run on the last day of every month. From the cron entry on wikipedia: ...
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Adding multiple gateways for separate physical interfaces with various metrics/priorities

My system has 3 interfaces. These are eth0, eth1 and usb0. eth0 is linked to my router and is the line I want to be used by default. eth1 is un used. usb0 is a 3G phone that's tethered. My issue is ...
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IP address on Linux keeps forwarding to a different one

It's Debian 6.0 setup, I used to have the ip manually set to 192.168.7.50 but now I have a new server with that IP I want to just copy some stuff over through the network but now I can't seem to get ...
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Does Debian's dpkg store the time/date of package changes (.i.e. installation/purges)?

I know that dpkg and dpkg-query are good tools to find out about packages currently installed on a Debian system. Besides the information logged to the files /var/log/dpkg.log.* is there any other ...
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Stuck on installing grub to a usb stick (unknown filesystem/no such partition)

I just spend all day on trying to get my system to boot again, I'm getting a bit desperate...snif. The setup is as follows: a debian installed in a luks encrypted usb hard disk with lvm volumes for ...
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Swedish unicode characters in xdm / xlogin

I decided to localize my XDM login screen but I'm stuck with corrupted Swedish characters. I'm using Debian Wheezy with the following /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources Xcursor.theme: whiteglass ...
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Access VirtualBox Debian Apache Guest on Windows Host

I am running Oracle VirtualBox with Debian as guest OS on a Windows 7 host. I have installed Apache and specified the following two network adapters in VM: Bridge Host-only w/ the same IP set as ...
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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 ...
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Skype install - debian amd64. libdbus issues

I have looked quite thoroughly for an answer to this question to no avail. I am trying to install Skype on Debian amd64 (with Xfce, which shouldn't make any difference...). After installing Skype ...
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How to see all commands executed by the current user, in all sessions/screen/byobu terminals?

If there is debian box, some users have access to the root account, some of those users open an ssh connection and start executing commands, some open screen or byobu or other similar tools to execute ...
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Setting up a shared folder with group: ACL and file creation [duplicate]

I'm very new to ACL, and at the moment I've been trying to set up a shared folder such that any user belonging to a certain group (lets call it "thegroup") can have full access to the folder (which ...
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How do I share an internet connection through USB?

I have two Linux boxes. One is running KNOPPIX and the other Ubuntu. I have only one wifi dongle between them, and only one of them has an Ethernet port. They both have free USB ports however. I ...
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How to create a custom debian liveCD (customize which packages are preinstalled)?

How would I do this? I have tried simple-cdd, but it did not work: $ build-simple-cdd FINISHED --2013-08-28 17:57:11-- Total wall clock time: 51s Downloaded: 54 files, 5.5M in 9.9s (568 KB/s) ...
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Unstable network on integrated Debian environment

Good afternoon, I recently installed Debian Wheezy (7.0) on a freescale board (SABRE MCIMX6Q / iMX6Q) and discovered some disturbing lags for all network communications. What I have tried so far was ...
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Monitor a process in Debian

I want to create a service that monitors the existence of a certain process. I wrote the following shell script: #!/bin/sh while : do w=`ps u -A | grep -P ".+Sl.+/usr/local/MySource/endpoint" -c` ...
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Mobile Broadband disconnects as soon as connected - Crunchbang

For months now my mobile broadband (GSM) stick has worked with Crunchbang. Yesterday it stopped. When I plug it in, it appears in the network manager and I can connect to it, but as soon as it is ...
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Difference between Debian 7.1 and Linux Mint 15 Debian

What is the main difference between Debian 7.1 and Linux Mint 15 Debian besides look and Desktop Environment. Basically with a special reference to security stability, and updates if you are going to ...
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Adding priority to the task permanently on Linux machine

How do I increase the priority for a task in Debian Linux system? After a little research I found that I can increase the priority to a task using nice command and if I want to increase the priority ...
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Mounting LVM2 volume gives me 'mount: you must specify the filesystem type'

I have a LVM2 Volume Group 'vgXEN' with a Logical Volume in it called 'test-disk'. This is the output of lvdisplay: --- Logical volume --- LV Path /dev/vgXEN/test-disk LV Name ...
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Idiomatic location for file based sockets on Debian systems

I am writing a daemon process for a Debian system in C that uses a Unix Domain Socket. If the deamon process's working directory is the root directory, is there an idiomatic directory to place the ...
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Add Chakra os benz to grub 1.99

I have Debian 7 with grub 1.99 in sda1 and Chakra OS without grub in sda2 I want to make a dual boot via grub 1,99, how?
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What is the effect of setting immutable bit on /boot partition [closed]

What is the effect of setting immutable bit on /boot partition with perspective of security. is it advisable to set the immutable bit (-i) to everything under /boot? Will it enhance or degrade the ...
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Random mac address at startup [closed]

I would like to get a random mac address everytime I turn on my linux machine (debian). Is this possible? If so, how?
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Arch CPU temperature much higher than on Debian [closed]

I switched to Arch Linux from Debian/Crunchbang and noticed much higher temperature. It's almost the same configuration: openbox, etc and Arch runs with 57-70 °C but Debian works with 43°C - 50°C I ...
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Exiting out of an infinite reboot loop in startup (rc.local)

I am creating a startup script (called from rc.local) in Debian Squeeze. The startup script checks for a variable value from a file, decrements the variable and writes it back to the file, then if the ...