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How to cross-build a Debian package

I want to build an armhf package on an amd64 machine. My armhf machine is a lot slower than my amd64 one.
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Dpkg env variable DPKG_HOOK_ACTION is not set in hook script

According to man dpkg I can use DPKG_HOOK_ACTION to get the current dpkg action being run in my dpkg hook script --pre-invoke=command --post-invoke=command Set an invoke hook command to be run ...
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Enable systemd service file?

I have created a debian package for one of my autotool project.I don't have any problem in debian creation and installation.The problem is that debian includes a systemd service file and I'm ...
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LTSP fails while downloading images

Some time ago, I've configured LTSP on Debian machine. I've been using it from time to time and it worked. Today it stopped working and I cannot figure out what's wrong. Client says: Intel UNDI, ...
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Debian: exim, Maildir and mail

I have exim installed and configured as "internet site; mail is sent and received directly using SMTP". Mail is stored in /home/*user*/Maildir and it is really there. I can send and receive mail ...
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Restore /var/cache files

I've accidentally deleted all contents of /var/cache files. I managed to reinstall most by doing dpkg -S /var/cache and apt-get --reinstall install PACKAGE_NAME (see here) on every package that I've ...
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disable dhcp in initramfs

In Debian, how can I tell initramfs not to request an IP address via DHCP? I'm using initramfs-tools. I'd be okay with assigning a static IP address for the initramfs, but I can't find how to set ...
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How to slow down MySQL service autostart on boot (dependency on another service)

I'm running a MySQL database on Debian on RaspberryPi (Raspbian). I would like to use the RaspberryPi as a local MySQL server, but to have the MySQL database datadir outside RaspberryPi's SD card - ...
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Free fonts with U+0CA0 (ಠ) character?

The glyph ಠ comes from the alphabet of Kannada, a language which I do not speak, and if it weren't for the Internet as it exists, I wouldn't care to have any of its glyphs. I recently discovered that ...
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How to reinstall Debian during boot-up

This question is an extension to my previous question as it deviates far too much from my initial question, however I kindly encourage you to give it a brief read before tackling this. How does one ...
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Failover boot setup

I am considering a failover boot setup which can tolerate any single drive loss. The primary system partitions (/, /home, /usr etc.) shall reside on a flash drive. /var and /tmp partitions shall be ...
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Why does my fresh Debian have a high latency?

The time between clicking and seeing a response is very high. Typing looks very funny, and makes me feel queasy. I think there's about 50-20ms "extra". I would expect a top notch linux distro to have ...
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Dependency issues when installing MySQL

I've searched around this Stack Exchange network for this particular solution, it seems others have encountered something similar but not quite under the same lines as mine. I've been trying to ...
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Making a usb wifi device work an a PowerPC Debian computer (iBook G4)

I recently installed Debian Wheezy onto an old iBook g4 I bought second hand. The computer does not have a wifi card installed. After the installation, I have completely updated my software to the ...
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Shrinking LVM physical volume on top of mdadm degraded RAID array, adding a spare and rebuilding it

I have a Debian Wheezy system with a couple of 500 GB HDDs in RAID-1 (mdadm mirror), on top of which sits LVM logical volumes with 5 partitions (boot, root, usr, var and tmp), total size of 47.15 GiB. ...
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Debian System Settings not working properly

i am a brand new Debian Linux user. I installed Debian stable Wheezy edition two days ago. I am super happy with my install, but i have one annoying problem. PROBLEM: When i try to edit some settings ...
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OpenVAS 7 not working after apt-get update - Failed to receive data: A TLS packet with unexpected length was received

The problem started when my Kali installation updated OpenVAS to v7: My admin username for the web service stopped working so I could no longer log in. I have tried everything I can think of to fix ...
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Debian 6 upgrade to Wheezy then testing release require kernel upgrade?

Debian 6 upgrade to Wheezy then testing release require kernel upgrade? I was doing a squeeze to wheezy upgrade. Then I got to testing. Each step with upgrade then dist-upgrade. I think I may ...
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How to refresh chromium (F5) from shell script in debian (alternative of xdotool)

I need some help finding an alternative to xdotool. I am using a Raspberry Pi to refresh a webpage regularly using chromium. For this, I use a shell script: xdotool search --name chromium key ...
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segfault in libgnutls - Debian won't complete boot

this problem occurs on Debian jessie x86 with systemd. It leads to an incomplete boot sequence on init 2 because network-manager won't start. it leaves the whole system unusable NetworkManager[785]: ...
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Can't add keyboard layout on Debian remote desktop

I want to enable Russian keyboard layout on a Debian remote desktop (connected with Xvnc). dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration changed /etc/default/keyboard as desired: # KEYBOARD CONFIGURATION ...
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How to make PulseAudio and OSS only applications coexist on Debian Wheezy?

Before I fell back to ALSA, I had severe problems with PulseAudio deadlocks for years on my Debian system on which I am using some OSS only (requiring /dev/dsp) applications. I would like to see ...
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Virtual ethernet is not getting its static ip on hotplug

I need to configure an ethernet interface to get its ip address dynamically if there is a dhcp server out there, and always have a static ip whether there is a dhcp server is present or not. I have ...
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Typing in Terminal underlines characters, adds accented characters

Whenever I type in Terminal now (it never happened before, I must've enabled it by accident), I get an option to enter an accented character. I want to turn this off. It looks like this (except with ...
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How to get Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8188EE Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01) wireless card working on Debian Wheezy

I've tried many things, even updating the kernel to above 3.10. I've installed wireless tools and see the following from lspci: sudo lspci | grep controller 01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm ...
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Problem mounting additional partitions after kernel update

Today I upgraded my pretty ancient Debian Linux kernel (3.2-23) to 3.16-7. The machine boots okay, except that some fstab entries are suddenly causing issues. # /etc/fstab: static file system ...
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sudo not working on debian

Why sudo command is not working on my fresh debian installation. I had this error after entering my root password: Sorry try again .. or / and incorrect password attempt EDIT : In my ...
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install gstreamer1.0-libav (mainly libavcodec54) on debian wheezy

I need to install gstreamer1.0 libraries.. I found that they are in wheezy-backports. So I added wheezy-backports to sources.list updated try ton install and stuck on dependency problems: aptitude ...
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Run itext script as cups filter

I have an itext script to apply some customisations to pdf files. These need to be done on-the-fly. I can easily do it this way : java -cp ".:itext5.jar" pdflayout input.pdf | lpr -P CP800/print ...
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How to enable second SIM slot in ALIX6F2 and how to switch 3G to it from the 1st one?

I am trying to enable the SIM slot under the RF card but with no success whatsoever. I'm using Voyage 0.8 (a stripped off Debian distribution) as an operating system. A bit of searching landed me to ...
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apt itself update and download packages

I have Debian SID with the following APT configuration: APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0"; APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "0"; APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "0"; ...
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Failed at step EXEC spawning /bin/plymouth (Debian testing)

After I performed a dist-upgrade on a Debian testing (Jessie) instance, I can no longer boot. I'm marooned at the command prompt: Welcome to emergency mode! After logging in, type "journalctl -xb" to ...
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Why does my script does not run in runlevel 0?

I made a script with following LSB header #! /bin/sh ### BEGIN INIT INFO # Provides: updateservice # Required-Start: $local_fs $time $network $named $syslog # Required-Stop: $local_fs ...
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Why is my Debian jessie always in runlevel 5?

I have configured the lines in /etc/inittab as follows: # The default runlevel. id:2:initdefault: But after logging in the output of runlevel is as follows: N 5 So why am I in runlevel 5 ...
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Automate a mount without linux password to mount a remote cifs filesystem

I have a directory in my Debian home: /home/myuser/pchome/ which i want to use as a mount point for a remote cifs filesystem. So i have a bash script, which is run on every myuser login. This script ...
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auto login with Cubian (debian with mate)

How do I automatically log a user in using Cubian? I have tried removing the default users password but it still promotes to enter a username at the login screen. I've tried editing the /etc/inittab ...
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TFTP “put” works with files in pwd but fails with absolute pathnames

The following command works as expected: tftp <tftp_server_name> -c put some_file However, the following command fails: tftp <tftp_server_name> -c put /absolute/path/to/some_file ...
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Bash scripts ran from from gnome/nautilus don't have enviroment variables

In my ~/.bashrc and ~/.profile I have some variables set to some filepaths: export MY_VAR1="/path/to/somewhere" In my ~/bin/ (which is added to my PATH) I have a few scripts that rely on those ...
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Securely making an SSH connection from a public computer

Today, I had to remotely connect to my debian computer at home to fix an issue with a VPN server. I was using my iPhone with an SSH client to fix the issue, but I had a hard time due to the small ...
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Can I use my original GPG key even though I've re-installed Linux?

I'm a Debian user. I just created my own GPG public key. I'm just wondering if I re-install Linux on my system, is it possible to use the original GPG key or do I have to create a new one? NOTE: If ...
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Debian install failing due to CDROM not being detected

A similar question got asked but got closed. If you install Debian 7.7 to a USB in Windows with unetbootin and then try to install Debian from that USB, it will complain that it 'cannot mount CDROM' ...
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command to log out of LXDE directly

To log out of LXDE, I can click on the "Start" menu, click "Logout" and when the menu pops up click on "logout" again. Or I can type lxde-logout in my terminal and when the menu opens, click on ...
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Connect Asus Zenfone 5 to Linux box

I have Asus Zenfone 5 phone and now I want to connect the device to my Debian 7 via USB to mount inner phone storage as external disk. So after it was connected I see in logs: dmesg [79836.644019] ...
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Uninstall apache2 when apt-get claims it's not installed?

I restarted the VPS today only to find out that Nginx refused to start. As it turns out, Apache2 was running on the server already. Naturally, I stopped it and started Nginx, but I never installed ...
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Lot of dependencies while uninstalling libimobiledevice2 library

I want to remove package libimobiledevice2 and install package libimobiledevice5. Unfortunately there is a problem: libimobiledevice2 has many odd dependencies. When I type: apt-get remove ...
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Installing Debian 7 (Wheezy) on VMWare Fusion

I'm trying to install Debian 7 x64 on to VMWare Fusion Professional 7.0.1 (on Mac OS X 10.10.1): I downloaded debian-7.7.0-ia64-netinst.iso and tried to start a VM with it and got the following: ...
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Switch from Debian Jessie to LMDE

I don't like what GNOME applications, such as Gedit, came to be and how they look now in Debian Testing. These colorless and borderless windows with unfamiliar layout are totally unusable for me. I ...
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Debian Jessie updates

I've installed Jessie about 2 months ago (from a fresh download from Testing), and I never see package updates notifications. And I am never asked to download anything. Is there something I have to ...
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How will apt-get handle my manual installed software?

Suppose the Emacs version in the APT repository is 24.3, I configure && make install my own emacs 24.4. After a long time, the software in the APT repository was updated to 24.5. What would ...
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Xserver is working but not actually drawing on the screen

I'm currently going through configuration hell with my xserver. I'm using nvidia's proprietary drivers and I believe I have everything set up properly: The Nouveau open source driver is blacklisted, ...