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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Which Debian package does /etc/environment come from?

I know that /etc/profile is installed by base-files, but it doesn't look like this package installs /etc/environment: $ dpkg -S /etc/environment dpkg-query: no path found matching pattern ...
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Brightness too low in Debian Wheezy

I have just installed Debian Wheezy in my Toshiba Laptop and it works great. However, sometimes the brightness level is too low when starting the system. If I use the keys Fn+F6 to decrease and Fn+F7 ...
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Install using synaptic ignoring dependencies

I was trying to install texmaker a latex editor in my debian system from synaptic. It shows in the dependency list texlive-base, texlive-common. etc as dependencies. But I have already installed ...
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Shutting the computer down from Openbox

I've recently installed Openbox,and read a guide that said the PC should be shut down via this command: gdm-control --shutdown && openbox --exit However, it seems a bit counter intuitive. ...
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How to keep upstart installed-always, don't be replaced by sysvinit?

Each time I do apt-get dist-upgrade, the package sysvinit comes back and replaced upstart. Well, I have some scripts written for upstart, and I need to reinstall it every time (typing the annoying ...
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How do I access a USB serial port without an entry in /dev?

I have a USB to serial adapter based on the SiLabs CP2101 chipset. I'm trying to use it with Debian 5.0 Lenny (armel architecture). I seem to be able to get the proper kernel module to recognize the ...
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debian wireless networking through terminal

I'm starting to use the wmii windows manager and I want certain pieces of information to display on a status bar. If I were to want to display the ESSID for the network, I would have to find it ...
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Debian: No internet connection on reboot

A server I develop on ran out of memory during an overnight job and had to be rebooted. Upon reboot, it no longer has an internet connection. I've exhausted my google-fu abilities trying to ...
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Fixing broken packages in a Debian testing distribution

I'm playing around with Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) in a VirtualBox instance to try it out and see if it'd be good for a main operating system for me. I'm pretty competent with most system ...
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Debian 6 Squeeze - installing build-essentials - gcc / g++

The first thing to say is: "I am noob", so please be patient and don't laugh.. too much on me. I need to install c / c++ compiler and I heard that the best thing to do is to install gcc/g++ for that ...
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How to build all of Debian

Let's assume: I have a mirror of the source repository locally. I only want to build for the architecture I'm running, which is i386 in my case. I'm not interested in customisation. In fact, I want ...
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Is there a standard way to configure what policy iptables loads on startup under Debian?

I've just started playing with Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) in a VPS environment, as a way to learn more about system administration. One thing I'd like to configure is a default packet filtering policy. ...
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I can't adjust screen brightness of my laptop anymore

My laptop has keyboard buttons for adjusting screen brightness. After a Debian Squeeze re-installation, they don't work no more. [laptop] Acer TravelMate 6592; I use Fn< to decrease the brightness ...
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Why is my Debian jessie always in runlevel 5?

I have configured the line 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 instaed ...
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How do I backport Mesa on Debian Wheezy?

This post is continuing a previous one where I tried to compile Mesa 10.0.5: What are the required build dependencies of mesa for Debian-based distros? . Except that this time, I switched to another ...
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How to find the packages that depend on a certain package in apt?

How can I get, not the dependencies of a package, but the packages that are depending on a certain package? I'm on debian 6.0 Squeeze-LTS (the first-time extension to squeeze for long term support!) ...
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Installing Steam on Debian Wheezy

I downloaded the .deb file from the Steam website, but couldn't install it as it complained about having and "outdated" version of libc6. I look around and apparently I have to add jessie sources to ...
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“sudo: apt-get: command not found.” after removing some packages

Recently I executed this command: sudo apt-get remove debian-keyring debian-archive-keyring To prevent this such error message: WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated! openerp ...
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Make Grub2 boot into Windows/old kernel once

How can I make Grub2 boot into windows or an old kernel once (i.e Windows becomes the default option for once and grub boots into that after the timeout)? The reason being: My keyboard usually hangs ...
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Bring Debian to second Position in the GRUB Menu at startup

So, I currently have BOSS Linux and I am going to install Debian (currently installing right now) And I want my older OS (BOSS linux), on the first position and the debian, (freshly installed) to be ...
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MacBook Pro Retina: huge power consumption

I'm currently running Debian/Jessie on a MacBook Pro Retina 10,1 15" (early-2103). Everything is going well (ethernet, WiFi, retina, etc.) but I worry about its power consumption. laptop-mode manages ...
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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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Partition scheme for installation of Debian

I'm installing Debian Wheezy on a 50 GB partition of a 500 GB Seagate SATA hard disk with 2 GB RAM. I want to use following partition scheme, but stuck at: How much (in percent) of disk space should ...
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How do I prevent time drift in a Debian guest on a CentOS KVM host?

I know I can install ntp in the guest, but my confused understanding of what I've Googled so far suggests this shouldn't be necessary. The Host is CentOS 6.3 and guest is Debian Wheezy, which seems ...
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“Software update” appears empty in Debian, but there are upgrades available

I'm running Debian 7 on vmware workstation. When I run Applications - System Tool - Software Update I just get a blank window, nothing happens. Updating the system works fine with "apt-get update ...
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Double GNOME UI elements with Xinerama

I have a Debian 7.0 system which I'm trying to set up with 3 monitors. I'm using a Quadro NVS 420 card with the latest NVidia drivers. I configured it using Xinerama and the nvidia-settings utility, ...
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How to install much newer mpt2sas driver version in debian squeeze?

Linux debian squeeze 6.0.6 (2.6.32-5-amd64) is supplied with quite an old 02.100.03.00 version of the mpt2sas driver. I do wish to install a much newer mpt2sas driver version. In know there are ...
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Where is fsck startet for the root filesystem at boot?

I want to extend an existing Debian 6.0 system so that it is able to automatically fix a corrupt root file system by restoring a separate image. That process should start automatically instead of the ...
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Move / to a new partition

I have Windows 7 and Debian dual-booted on my laptop. I'm getting cramped for space on the Debian side, so I want to remove the Windows partition and use the whole computer for Debian. I'm currently ...
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Keyboard and mouse do not function in Debian

I powered on my laptop running Debian kernel 3.3.0. After the boot process starts the X server and KDE, my keyboard and mouse do not function. Keyboard input works when I use the Recovery Console, and ...
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OpenSSH, chroot user: Root needs to own the user directory, is there any consequence?

I want to create an account for my friend on my computer, but I don't want my friend to be able to view all my files. I saw that with OpenSSH, there is an option for that. Inside the SSHD ...
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Reinstall Debian

I have a Debian based server but I don't have physical access to it and it doesn't have a DVD-drive or similar. I only have root access. Is it possible to format and reinstall Debian just by using the ...
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Latest Debian wheezy/testing ISOs defaulting to KDE?

I've usually been using Debian Squeeze, as I've never really had any reason to go after the latest & greatest, and if I wanted to, I always had backported packages to rely on. However, my new ...
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Increasing the size limit for /var/cache/apt/archives

I have 2 systems running Debian at home and I am trying to minimize the bandwidth use while upgrading the packages. How can I increase the size limit of the cache, so that I could just copy the ...
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How do i fix the to address when forwarding with mail/exim?

I am using debian squeeze (i believe, the box doesnt really say) i config exim4 to use gmail and put root: someuser in /etc/aliases then put my email address (name+box@gmail.com) in .forward I ...
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Problem changing the /home directory to another location

I decided to move my /home directory to a separate parition. But, since I am using more than one linux distro, I want to separate the /home directories as follows: /dev/sdax/ubuntu /dev/sdax/debian ...
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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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Dual boot debian/Win XP - hidden partitions and primary partition limit

I decided it's (finally) time to make my eee a debian/WinXP dual boot. I have Windows already installed and chose to sacrifice most of an existing data partition for debian. Here's how the partitions ...
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Fixing debian installer

I have a VPS with Debian GNU/Linux on it. I'm trying to install a PHP file manager so that people could access it and download stuff into a directory. I don't have anything in my /bin about PHP so ...
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How do I reinstall software properly in Debian?

I got myself into trouble with mysql on debian lenny (details). I tried these commands: dpkg-reconfigure mysql dpkg --purge mysql-server apt-get install mysql-server mysql_install_db and variants ...
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scanimage does not find scanner unless sudo'ed, but shows up with sane-find-scanner (Raspbian)

I have an Epson multifunction device connected to a Raspberry Pi running the latest Raspbian. As you can see in the output below, scanimage will only find my scanner if I sudo it, but sane-find ...
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How do I know which version of Debian I'm running?

In a tutorial, I'm prompted "If you are running Squeeze, follow these instructions..." and "If you are running Wheezy, follow these other instructions..." When I run uname, I get the following ...
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Have SSH on port 80 or 443 while webserver (nginx) is running on these ports

I have a remote Linux (Debian) machine which I'd like to access from a very restricted network. In fact the only two open ports are port 80 (for HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS). On this machine I have nginx ...
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Why PulseAudio can not mix multiple OSS program's sound output? [closed]

I have (had) problems with PulseAudio frequently deadlocking when starting applications using OSS for sound output. I would like to know how to fix / work these around if possible, or if not, since I ...
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identify harddrive before mounting

I've recently made 2 script that take care of mounting and dismounting a harddrive in linux. The thing that I could not figure out is the following. I am currently mounting /dev/sdc1 to ...
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_update-rc.d vncserver-x11-serviced defaults_ COMMAND = There is a loop between service rc.local and mountkernfs if started… ERROR

I have the latest version of Debian and have installed RealVNC on it. After installation I tried to autorun RealVNC when the system boots. So I found this: vncserver-x11-serviced - VNC® X11 ...
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Elantech Mouse Touchpad not working well

I have a dual-boot Ubuntu/Debian (GNOME) machine: My mouse touchpad does not work correctly (right-click not recognized, cannot do 2 finger drag and drop/highlight) on Debian, but it does work ...
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Debian CLI torrent program through VPN

Has anyone successfully set up a CLI-only (no web UI's!) torrent client that can tunnel all of its traffic through a VPN? (Either by sending all traffic through a particular interface or a SOCKS ...
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What's missing with my SELinux installation?

According to Introduction to SELinux, section 14.4.2, SELinux support is built into the standard kernels provided by Debian. The core Unix tools support SELinux without any modifications. I have ...
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Get an error with apt-get trying to install pidgin

I'm running this as a debian wheezy inside a vm with NAT networking with a win7 host. When I try to install pidgin using sudo apt-get install pidgin I get following error Err ...