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Differences in package management between Debian and Arch

A discussion from this post made me curious of differences between Debian and Arch package management. I'm not talking usage, but more of handling dependencies. Also, people tend to say that Arch is ...
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How do you change the root password on Debian?

I want to change the password I assigned to root on my Debian webserver to something longer and more secure. Bit of an obvious newbie question, but how do I do that? I haven’t forgotten/lost the ...
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Debian 6.0 and Xen PyGrub failure

On my VPS (running Debian 6.0 on Xen with PyGrub) I get the following error when trying to upgrade the system: Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub warning: grub-probe ...
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Debian lenny 5 install php-dev

I'm trying to install apt-get install php5-dev but when I run the command Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be ...
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Why should I use Debian 6 with FreeBSD kernel?

Debian 6 will also be available with the FreeBSD kernel. Why did they decide to to that and why should I use it?
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Differences between Debian and Ubuntu

I'm getting sick of Ubuntu's seemingly random changes. I'm thinking of switching to Debian permanently. Does anyone know if there's a list of changes between the two distros somewhere? I want to know ...
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Creating debian version dependency in a .deb package

Is it possible to create a dependency for the debian version in a .deb package? I would like to put two versions of one package into the same repository. One is for debian 5 and one for debian 6. The ...
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How often does Debian update its Stable repository?

Ever since release day (early Feb 2011), I haven't got any updates (apt-get update && apt-get upgrade). I've tried another repository (ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian), and it's the same thing. ...
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Two networks cannot be accessed simultaneously

I have two networks on a server. One being my internal network, and the other being an external IP address. This is on Debian Lenny. Here is my /etc/network/interfaces file: # This file describes ...
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What tools allow me to present man pages as formatted HTML on a web server?

What tools exist to make man pages available on a system available via HTTP and link topics together such that references in the SEE ALSO sections and elsewhere will become hyperlinks in the HTML ...
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USB storage devices aren't automatically mounted when inserted on a fresh install of Debian 6.0

I installed Debian 6.0 (squeeze) a few days ago on my machine. I installed the default GNOME desktop, standard settings. Unfortunately, I just noticed that when I plug in USB storage devices (external ...
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partitions problem with Debian Squeeze and Windows 7 (Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary)

I have just installed Debian Squeeze in a hard disk where also Windows 7 is installed. Now, if I run cfdisk, I get the following message: "FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 3: Partition ends in the ...
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Why can't I use arrow keys in terminal on Debian 6? (nonroot)

When I am on a non-root user I cannot use ↑/↓ to list my previous commands, and if I am typing I can't use ←/→ to say, add in a directory or to correct the ...
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hibernate to disk not restoring, but suspend to ram is working

I have Debian 6, I have also seen this under Ubuntu (can not remember how I fixed it). I can hibernate, but when I switch on the system cold boots (it does not restore previous session). Note ...
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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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How to make Mutter default window manager

I'm running Debian Squeeze and removed Metacity in favor of Mutter. How do I avoid having to run mutter --replace each time I start Xorg (GNOME)?
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no network device found after Kernel update

So I managed to install Debian 5 on an eBox 3300MX (an embedded type computer). I added a custom kernel after getting a basic install done. That was to get the network card to work. After that, I ...
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Keyboard triggering mouse events on Debian on Macbook

I installed Debian 6 on my Macbook in a dualboot configuration. Everything is working fine, except for the keyboard. As I'm typing, I see the mouse arrow moving a bit and strange things happen, such ...
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How can I tell if my system is keeping the system time up to date?

How can I tell if my Debian system is keeping the system time accurate by getting NTP updates? Basically I want to turn this on if it is currently off, but I don't know if it is on or off.
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How can I find out what happened to my Debian box?

I have an old PC lying around which I've installed Debian 6.0 on. Last night I was trying to SSH in and it wouldn't respond so I pressed the reset button. How can I find out what happened to it? It ...
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debian security /etc permissions

I'm setting up a debian box with shared webhhosts. These users don't have ssh permissions, just ftp. The users are allowed to use PHP and I setup suphp for that so the php processes runs under their ...
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Getting PHP to work with apache to run .php files through browser

I have VPS running Debian 5.0 (I think) and I would like to get it to run PHP files. I was told it needed to be configured with Apache. I tried entering the command apt-get install apache2 php5 ...
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Wireless in Debian Squeeze

I am trying to get wireless working a lenovo g560. I tried following the instructions on the debian site here http://wiki.debian.org/wl but it is not working. At step 7 I get an error that modprobe ...
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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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Using KDE in Debian Squeeze

I just installed Debian Squeeze and it defaulted to the gnome desktop environment. I have installed KDE via the package manager but do not know how to set it as the default environment. Any help would ...
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grub error “superfluous RAID member” on update-grub

My system (wheezy/sid: 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP x86_64 GNU/Linux) is running fine - I'm just wondering what some messages mean. I have two mdraid arrays running up on my system. Here's cat /proc/mdstat: ...
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Xen/KVM/LXC for testing packages

On Debian Stable, I would like to be able to create a new instance of the OS, use apt-get to install some Unstable packages with dependencies, then cleanly delete the whole thing when I'm done. ...
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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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How to change a hostname

During Debian installation, I set my hostname to the wrong value, and now I would like to correct that.
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How to install some packages from “unstable” Debian on a computer running “stable” Debian?

On a computer running "stable" Debian, when trying to install a package which is in the unstable list on the Debian web site using the "aptitude install /unstable" command, I get output similar to ...
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How to get vodafone mobile connect (or equivalent) working reliably on debian squeeze

I got a Vodafone K3760 at some point in Debian/Lenny's lifetime, for use with a Lenovo S10e. I installed (from the Vodafone BetaVine site) usb-modeswitch 0.97 and vodafone-mobile-connect (VMC) ...
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How to show the number of installed packages

What is the Debian equivalent of Fedora's yum list installed | grep wc --lines?
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Odd problem regarding 'apt-get update'

I was having some serious network troubles, and now running sudo apt-get update gives this error: ... Hit ftp://ftp.is.co.za experimental/contrib i386 Packages Reading package lists... Error! E: ...
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Why did 'apt-get install ffmpeg' fail?

I dont understand how or why apt-get install failed. It mentions ssmtp which is simple smtp which i use to send mail from my server to my google apps account. I dont understand what is wrong or how to ...
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Removing broken packages

Recently in a bout of frustration with getting phpmyadmin setup, I decided to start from scratch. Unfortunately, during the uninstall phase, I was prompted with the root password for mysql which I ...
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set umask to 0002 for sftp and scp

I want files sent to my server using sftp and scp to be group-writable. How can I do that? I tried using libpam-umask from http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDesktopHowTo but it didn't work. EDIT: Is ...
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Debian 6 installation DVD required

I just want to install the operating system and SSH printserver . I just burned the first DVD of the 8 avaible for the amd64 architecture. How many DVDs should i burn in order the operating system to ...
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*nix working on eBox 3300

I'm not sure if hardware questions are alright here, I didn't see many. I am trying to install any Linux operating system on an eBox 3300. I am having trouble, and the only thing I have been able to ...
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Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian/Ubuntu different? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian different? I asked this question on askubuntu.com recently but I was not satisfied with any answer. I realized ...
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I can't delete a file that I have write permissions for as a group member

$ touch testfile $ chmod g+w testfile $ sudo adduser user2 user1 $ stat -c'%a %A' testfile 664 -rw-rw-r-- $ su user2 Password: $ groups user2 user1 $ rm testfile rm: cannot remove `testfile': ...
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How to change keyboard keymap

I accidentally set my keyboard type to US during installation, but it actually is UK type. How do I change it? [note] I use Debian Squeeze.
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Selectively disabling gvfsd-cdda in Debian Squeeze?

Is there a way to selectively disable gvfsd-cdda on Debian Squeeze? Since I updated my machine to Squeeze grip can no longer eject a CD, which interferes with ripping. I traced it back to gvfsd-cdda, ...
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Holding left arrow triggers permanent Mode_switch

This is a weird one... I recently upgraded from Debian lenny to squeeze (following the upgrade instructions step by step). Everything went surprisingly well, except for one piece of strange new ...
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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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How to make dpkg faster?

Package (un)installation on a Debian system is horribly slow, partly because it works with a whole bunch of (small) files. Short of getting faster storage, how do I speed it up? I'm thinking maybe ...
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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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eth0 r8169 down on wake up from standby

On waking up after standby the network (eth0) remains down. The eth0 card is r8169. I have tried : ifconfig eth0 up Doesn't work ifconfig eth0 up; dhcpcd eht0 Worked but how do I configure my ...
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Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian different?

Edit: I realized that the "problem" was not only in Ubuntu but in Debian itself and Ubuntu just inherited it, so I had this migrated from Ask Ubuntu I have been using Linux on and off for 10 years, ...
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How to search for packages that are no longer available for installation?

I can't re-install packages that fulfill at least one of the following criteria: Custom-made packages Packages created by alien package (e.g. alien --install pkg.rpm) Packages installed from some ...
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Debian = Always latest Packages = Best Practice?

Most of the "Software" I install on my server needs to be the latest release (Java, Tomcat, MySQL-Cluster). So I never have the luck, that there are pre-built Debian packages (in the distribution) ...