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Easy command line method to determine specific ARM architecture string?

I'm trying to write a script which will determine actions based on the architecture of the machine. I already use uname -m to gather the architecture line, however I do not know how many ARM ...
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shutdown, reboot, printer setup etc. unavailable to normal user after upgrading debian

I did an upgrade to my Debian Jessie box and after that shutdown, hibernate and suspend options are disabled in the gui. I can not even connect any new wifi connections via Network Manager. Also ...
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How to create a wireless-to-ethernet router?

I have a Debian machine, which I want to turn into a router. It will connect via wireless to a access-point, where it will get an IP. To its ethernet port, other machines will be connected. It will ...
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Debian Wheezy - Installing cross-toolchains

I would like to compile a kernel on Arm platform using this line: make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux-gnueabihf- uImage But I need a package I can't find: /bin/sh: 1: arm-linux-gnueabihf-ld: ...
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Appending works without >> when redirecting standard output and error

I have a file test.txt and have no file named test. When I tried ls test test.txt > new 2>new I was expecting new to be overwritten since >> is not used. But in the output file I got ...
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Laptop restarts after lid closed

My laptop restarts everytime I close the lid and open it up again. In System Settings->Power there is no option for what the laptop should do when the lid is closed. The laptop never did this before ...
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Force e2fsck on /var at every boot

Working with a fanless Debian based machine. All filesystems are on an sd card. The /var partition is a separate ext2 fs entry in /etc/fstab. The system doesn't have an 'on/off' switch so people ...
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Debian - Using TFTP in a bash script

I'm actually using RPiTC (Raspberry Pi Thin Client). I had create a script to see if my Hostname has the same name than a file. And now I want to say "If my Hostname don't have the same name than my ...
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Is it safe to empty /usr/share/doc?

I don't need the man pages and documentations on my debian server. Is it save to empty that folder completely to free up some disk-space, by replacing all files in that folder with empty dummy files. ...
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Non-sense error messages for unmet dependencies in Debian Jessie

My problem is not understanding the error messages: It says I need blah-blah-1.49 (>= 1.49-1) and this is not installable but I have blah-blah-1.55 installed already. I think 1.55 is greater than ...
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Debian stuck in Endless DHCPNAK/OFFER loop unless I ask DHCP server to clear expired leases

have a Marvel Kirkwood device running Debian with 3.16 Kernel. On boot, the DHCPClient gets stuck in a loop and never picks up an ip unless I log onto the dhcp server and ask it to dump the expired ...
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Running init.d script produces “start-stop-daemon: not found”

I try to start monit using: /etc/init.d/monit start I then get the error: [....] Starting daemon monitor: monit/etc/init.d/monit: 124: /etc/init.d/monit: start-stop-daemon: not found failed! ...
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Debian iso image is too large to fit in a standard 700MB CD

debian-7.7.0-amd64-kde-CD-1 I downloaded the above from: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/release/current-live/amd64/iso-hybrid/ ... but it appears to be too large for a standard 700 MB CD ...
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Cannot make vlc from source: libssh error

I tried to install vlc-2.1.5 from source code using following configure command. ./configure --prefix=/usr/ --disable-vlc --disable-lua --disable-mad --disable-swscale --disable-postproc ...
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Using IPTables to block all connections but still be able to backup vServer

my vServer / webserver (OS: Debian squeeze) got hacked and compromised. Therefore I want to use rules in IPTable to block all input and output connections except ssh. Afterwards I want to backup at ...
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What are the pros and cons of ia32-libs?

On my working install of Linux (Mint 17), I've been trying to avoid installing the ia32-libs package. When I've used it in the past, I recall a number of issues arising, most prominently significantly ...
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Preseed setting wrong partition size

I'm trying to do an install of Debian with the preseed tool. Everything's working great so far, except for the partitions of my disk. Basically what I want is: / of 30GB - ext4 /var/lib about 2TB - ...
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Debian server makes internet connection drop

I have setup a small home server / NAS running Debian 7. The server is connected directly to the router with a static IP set in the router's control panel. There are no port forwarding rules set for ...
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Dual Boot Debian on Raid 0 in UEFI mode

My new notebook came from the factory with Windows 8 on two 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 mode. I wanted to dual boot it with a Linux distro, I settled on Debian, so I resized my C: drive as one normally would ...
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hidapi ./configure error — missing libudev

I am trying to install hidapi on Debian. I already have libudev-dev and libusb-1.0-0-dev installed, but when I run ./configure in hidapi-master, it says that I do not have libudev, to install it and ...
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What connection should I enter for USB printer? (HPLIP)

I am trying to add a HP LaserJet 1320N printer to CUPS. The printer is connected by USB. in the CUPS web admin interface, I selected HPLIP, then on the next page I have to enter Connection. According ...
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Having issues unmounting partition for debian install

I have a 50gb partition set up on my mac for installing debian, MS-DOS (FAT) format. I blessed it and am now unmounting it in order to copy the img file over. I'm using: $ diskutil unmountDisk ...
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xmodmap modified keyboard settings gets overwritten once in a while

I remapped capslock with xmodmap to something which is more useful (in fact I mapped it to F12 which I use as tmux command key, but that's not important here). Apparently this setting get's ...
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Maintain two tomcat installations with apt-get

On our server we have two tomcat8 installations on debian wheezy. One tomcat was installed via apt-get install , the second instance was then just copied from the first installation. But this makes it ...
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Experimenting with Xen on already running Debian without LVM

A co-worker of mine was telling me about using Xen for virtualizing systems on Debian, and it peaked my interest. I looked up the instructions on Debian's Wiki regarding installation. I already have ...
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Debian - System (audio) Settings breaking when starting/stopping LXC

I'm rather new to Linux, recently having to start using it to make something for work (controlling Linux Containers). I'm on debian: $ uname -a Linux debian 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian ...
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How to burn debian iso to usb

I downloaded the debian amd 64-bit iso file (apx 650 mb) on a macbook w/retina (i.e. no cd drive) running OS X. I'm trying to dual boot and have already gotten rEFInd working. Set up partition for ...
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suspend doesn't work after upgrading to Debian 7.8

On 2 partitions of my HD I have installed Debian 7.7 and Debian 7.8 (upgraded from 7.7). The first OS has "suspend" to ram or disk working, the latter not anymore. I made some tests, changing home ...
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How do you repackage a deb package for an older OS?

I know how to extract a package, make some minor changes, and repackage it. I wanted to know if there was anything special you'd have to do if you were to repackage a deb package so it was compatible ...
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What does `NO-CARRIER` and `DOWN` mean for a wireless interface?

I have a remote server and I log output of certain commands while the server cannot access the internet. It uses a wireless interface to connect to the internet. In a working state the output of ...
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How limit the storage space for a user?

I want to have a user that can store a limited amount on its account.
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No Default Gateway route for bond0 / Slave eth* interface gets IP assigned

I have set up a 4-NIC bond on my Debian Wheezy box. After a fresh boot, the system has LAN access, but cannot resolve outside host names or access outside IPs. It seems that this is because the bond0 ...
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How to run unattended-upgrades not daily but every few hours

By default unattended-upgrades runs with cron.daily, that is at most on a daily basis. This can be a lot of time for attackers. I'd like to run it every 4 hours, how can I do this?
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How to autoremove with apt?

After uninstalling a package I used to do apt-get autoremove to remove other unused dependencies. I understand that apt (rather than apt-get) is the modern way to manage packages on the command-line ...
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How do I find out if something is using the serial port?

I want to program a microcontroller under Debian Wheezy, but can't get it to work so far. I asked on Electrical Engineering and got the advice to check if something is already occupying the serial ...
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Debian 7.7 PPC (iMac G4) - switch from nouveau to nv driver

I'm trying to get some flavour of Linux going on an old iMac G4/800 with NV11 video hardware. So far I've tried Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7.7. All face the following common issues: I ...
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Gmail instant new mail notifier for Debian 7 systems?

The way I do it now is that I have to keep a 'Gmail' tab open at all times in my browser to check for new mail. My mails are important and I need instant notifications. I thought of using a client ...
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Can't open audio device /dev/dsp: Device or resource busy

I am install Debian Jessie Beta2 on my laptop, and I just compiled mplayer on it. however when i use mplayer command to play some videos, i can't get the sound, the error shows as below: Can't open ...
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Florence doesn't show up for text fields in Midori

I am having problems with the Florence keyboard displaying (when using the auto hide functionality) when input fields are focused in Midori. It displays when the address bar is focused and strangely ...
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Gnome doesn't want start

my problem is following: some time I just restarted my computer, after restart the gnome doesn't want to show up, I have only the 6 tyy's terminals ( I can log in and do whatever I want ). I am ...
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Pacemaker and iSCSi

I currently am trying to make a highly available NAS under debian 7. I am using following packages: drbd8-utils iscsitarget iscsitarget-dkms pacemaker corosync ...
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Unable to listen or use microphone in Skype

I installed Skype 4.3.0.37 on my machine (debian 7 64bits XFCE 4.10) and both incoming and outgoing audio is not woring. I tried the echo sound service of skype but to no success. Here my ...
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Compiling Asterisk on Debian: Cannot Find `ptlib-config`

My Asterisk ./configure is returning: checking /root/pwlib/include/ptlib.h usability... no checking /root/pwlib/include/ptlib.h presence... no checking for /root/pwlib/include/ptlib.h... no checking ...
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What's overwriting my apt sources files?

I'm working on a Phidgets SBC2. It's got emdebian grip, but grip has is over and so I get 404 on those repositories when apt-get is trying to get package lists. I can get things to install using ...
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How do I enable thumbnails in PCManFM?

In the file manager PCManFM version 0.9.10 (in the Debian Wheezy repositories) thumbnails are generated for images but not for other file types such as PDFs and videos. Does this version of PCManFM ...
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bluetooth mouse disconnects

I'm using Debian Jessie (testing). I have a bluetooth mouse (Microsoft Sculpt Comfort) and I can pair it and use it ok, but after some time of inactivity (around 10 minutes) it stops working, I have ...
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How can I fix “insserv: There is a loop between service mountnfs and nfs-common if started” in Debian wheezy?

I'm working on a Debian wheezy x64 box, with dist-upgrade to: Debian 7.7 (wheezy) 64-bit kernel Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 It's configured with Linux RAID10, dm-crypt/LUKS and LVM. I've installed ...
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Why autoconf.h is not copied automatically to its place?

I'm working on a clean Debian 7.7 install. After the install everything was working fine except the webcam in Iceweasel browser. After reading a lot I found that the best solution is to install ...
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Fix grub v2 bootloader configuration on running debian

We have a server running Debian Wheezy. It is connected to a UPS, that's why it basically never went down for years and we never noticed that the grub v2 bootloader could not load the correct kernel ...
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Find source of all installed packages on Debian based systems

I am trying to find a good method to find the repository for each package that was stored on my system that can be easily parsed. Backstory: I have Debian wheezy systems and have setup the ...