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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Installing Debian without GUI for a web server

I'm unfamiliar with Debian (obviously), so I downloaded the live ISO thinking it might help me out. From the live GUI, I doubled click on the install icon on the desktop and proceeded - it gave me a ...
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How can I configure ethernet?

I just started using linux (installed Debian) and the one thing I'm trying to do right now is have my internet working. I connected my ethernet port but still no internet works. I googled for awhile ...
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Linux PPTX presentation Viewer

Besides Open Office, is there any solution for opening .pptx presentations on Linux (Debian to be more precise)?
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Finding which Debian distro CDs contain a certain package

I am currently installing Debian Linux on a computer that does not have Internet access. I have burned the first few CDs from the distro and have a working system so far. However, I am unable to find ...
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How to force Debian to wait for DHCP

I am running Debian squeeze in a virtual machine (VirtualBox). The machine has two interfaces: eth0 in "Host-only" mode so that the machine is accessible from the outside; and eth1 in "NAT" mode so ...
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Debian Wheezy, VirtualBox, HP DV6-7099EL problem with AltGr

I just bought a HP DV6-7099EL laptop (Italian keyboard). I'm going to install Debian in a week or two, I just want to test the computer without touching the partitions (just in case I need ...
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Can't ifdown eth0 (main interface)

I can't ifdown an interface on a Debian 6.0.5 box; user@box:/etc/network$ sudo ifdown eth0 && sudo ifup eth0 ifdown: interface eth0 not configured SIOCADDRT: File exists Failed to bring up ...
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Installing jdk7 on Debian server via SSH

Currently, I'm trying to launch a java program on a server. The server is launched on my virtual machine (VirtualBox) and controlled over SSH. Its OS is Debian. So, in order to launch my program I ...
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update mysql on debian

I'm trying to update Mysql on debian without success, and all tutorial on internet just fails. I got Debian 6.0.6 squeeze, my mysql version is mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.1.63. I did apt-get update and ...
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How to remove root password on Debian?

I'm running Debian in a virtual machine and for convenience I would like to remove the password on root (since it doesn't really matter what happens to this box). Internet hasn't been too helpful on ...
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Graphical interface on a remote server?

I've got a VPS with Debian running on it. I connect to it using SSH and configure it in a console mode. Now I want to install some graphical interface to it and use my VPS in graphical mode from my ...
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How to add a path to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell and login shell on debian

I installed some programs in /opt/my-program/bin, I wanted to add /opt/my-program/bin to system $PATH for all users's non-login shell and login shell. What should I do? Changing /etc/environment is ...
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Being not sudo on debian how to make a .sh execute each time I log in? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set a user environment variable? (permanently, not session) So each time I log on I want to execute a command like export PATH=~/gcc-4.5.0-g/bin:$PATH. I have ...
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Getting newer version of GEOS than what is available in Debian repositories

I need to install a GEOS version >= 3.2.2, and doing so is beyond my current aptitude (pun intended). The current Debian squeeze version is 3.2.0, which will not work for my purposes (using the rgeos ...
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Ctrl-C does not work with pppd non-detached session

I have a Mini2440 ARM Board, and I have put a base Debian 6.0 system on it using multistrap. I have used tmux to run several processes in defferent windows from /etc/rc.local. I connect to the board ...
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How to suppress su authentication failure warning?

I created an account "diag" and set it as expired (usermod --expiredate 1). Then I have a script which I want to run to log into it, so in the script I use the following command: su -s /bin/bash - ...
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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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Problem with Airprint server for iOS 6

I'm trying to set up Airprint server on Raspberry Pi under CUPS. I have done everything like in this tutorial: Configuring the Raspberry Pi as an AirPrint server. Then I have done this: Linux ...
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Purpose and typical usage of /etc/rc.local

The header looks like this: #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local - executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel # # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # value on error. What is ...
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Login fails from Windows on NTFS-3G Samba Share

I have a Raspberry Pi (though could be any Debian Linux box) connected to an external hard disk formatted as NTFS. My disk mount in fstab is: /dev/sda1 /media/disk ntfs-3g ...
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debian apt-get dist-upgrade from squeeze to wheezy failing on vlc

I can't continue until I solve this bug, I've tried removing the dpkg so it redownloads it but it still has this error when trying to dist-upgrade, or now, apt-get -f install. root@hayek:~# apt-get ...
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Unable to uninstall libglib2.0-0 from Software Center

I have a fresh install of Debian 6.0.5 (i386) on VMware Player. I was trying to install libglib2.0-0 using this command: sudo aptitude install libglib2.0-0 Unfortunately, I don't remember the ...
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TCP dies on a Linux laptop

Once in several days I have the following problem. My laptop (Debian testing) suddenly becomes unable to work with TCP connections to the internet. The following things continue working fine: UDP ...
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Command & binary exists but cannot be executed

I transfered /etc/* files from one Linux server to another and now I have a strange error. Both are Debian Squeeze. When I run a command, e.g. ssh, I get an error: bash: /usr/bin/ssh: No such file ...
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ntldr.mod missing from GRUB2

I use Debian Wheezy on EFI motherboard and need ntldr module in GRUB2 to load bootmgr of Windows 7 installer, because the way it starts on its own (apparently, using the boot sector of the USB flash ...
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How do you dual boot Debian and FreeBSD using GRUB2?

I've been trying to install FreeBSD alongside my Debian installation in a single partition. All examples readily present on the Internet had shortcomings: Some required chainloading the FreeBSD ...
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Trying to use multiple Debian repositories

General situation: I need to port a Qt project from MS Visual Studio 2010 to Linux (Debian). In VS 2010 I have Qt v.4.8.1, but in Debian it is Qt v.4.6.1. This difference prevents me from porting, as ...
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Installing wireless driver (realtek 8188CE) on Debian wheezy

I had a hard time installing the wireless driver for my debian. My debian was Sqeeze but soon after I realized Wheezy was the one to support my wireless adapter, realtek 8188CE,I upgraded to wheezy. ...
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Debian Wheezy installation with preseed

I have a USB stick with netinst version of Debian Wheezy (testing). I am trying to load a preseed file, named "preseed.cfg" in the USB root folder (same folder as initrd.gz). I use GRUB and my entry ...
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Automatic package is installed, but aptitude doesn't find any rdependencies. What am I doing wrong?

I have a package lm-sensors automatically installed on my Ubuntu 10.04, but can't find packages, that depend on it: $ aptitude show lm-sensors Package: lm-sensors New: yes State: installed ...
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Install gcc 4.7.2 on Debian squeeze 64x

I want to use gcc 4.7.2 on my Debian squeeze 64x I followed instructions in this thread: Get newest gcc for debian?, but I'm getting an error, I tried several apt-get install commands I will settle ...
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Hopelessly stuck on making Nvidia Driver work on Debian

Before I posted question here, I'd been hacking around for the solution for my problem, but none of them worked. Here is my situation. I had a Win7 OS before I put a Debian Squeeze on it, now I got a ...
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Encrypt boot file system

I just tried to set up Debian in a VM (just testing, before installing it on a real system). I have set up 4 drives in total. 2 drives that simulate pen drives, on which I want to install the boot ...
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New menu entry in GRUB2, “file not found” and “you need to load the kernel first” errors

I wanted to add new menu entry to my GRUB2 list. This is how I tried to do this and necessary info: Erros after choosing "Debian Wheezy" menu entry from GRUB2 list: error:file not found error:you ...
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Debian package to install closed-source

I'm writing an application that relies on a closed-source (but free-as-in-beer available) library. I'm currently making a Debian repository to host it, and need a way to depend on that library, so I ...
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Why is this OR dependency not working as I expected

I tried to remove python2.6 from my Debian system: $ sudo apt-get purge python2.6 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following ...
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Can't find smbfs package in Debian Wheezy

In squeeze there was a package smbfs for mounting samba filesystems. In wheezy this is no longer present. What is the new package name? Is there a general formula to solve problems like this?
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Install debian without gnome

I would like to install debian with another desktop than Gnome. In this case I can't use tasksel but have to install every package with apt-get. What do I need to run debian with Windowmaker?
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How to configure swap space after system instalation?

I've installed Debian Wheezy and after installation completed, I realized that I forgot to set the swap memory. So now, how can I configure the swap space?
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How to install LXDM instead of GDM3?

I'm running Debian Wheezy and my default Display Manager is GDM3, and I would like to replace it with LXDM. The problem is that I'm trying to run # apt-get install lxde and it's not working, what am I ...
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Need recommended PCI Wifi Cards for Debian

I want to find a brand and model of wireless PCI card for use in Debian computers. My computer club has numerous computers to refurbish and distribute to people who can't afford to buy a computer. ...
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dpkg: new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1

I ended up dealing with a software meant to be deployed using dpkg. The .deb package works fine on the test env but fail on staging. Both are running the same version of Ubuntu but I am not 100% sure ...
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Being not admin user how to install local GCC instead of provided?

So I came into my classrom Debian is installed, and gcc 4.1. I want to install (compile from sources is an option - I have time..) for my self GCC 4.7 and adress it in bash as gcc anywhere. Is such ...
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Capture and broadcast video from web cam

I have server on Debian 6, without Desktop Environment and I have simple web camera. Web camera is defined like /dev/video0, so I can use cat /dev/video0 > ~/photo to get image from it (of course ...
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Getting webcam to work in Raspberry Pi

I am trying to get a HAMA webcam to work with my raspberry pi with the raspbian os. When I type usb-devices I get: pi@raspberrypi ~ $ usb-devices T: Bus=01 Lev=00 Prnt=00 Port=00 Cnt=00 Dev#= 1 ...
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Debian: unable to set up SELinux

I'm trying to set up SELinux on Debian 6 according to (the instructions reported on the Debian wiki). I've run this commands: apt-get install selinux-basics selinux-policy-default selinux-activate ...
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How to clean up unnecessary files

Please suggest me any particular unnecessary file that I can clean to back everything to normal condition(temporarily). (i.e. any log or archieve or anything ). My var/log has only 40MB and Home ...
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Run program after finish ssh connection

How do I connect to ssh debian and running a program and let it continue to run after you finish my connection through ssh.
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Make box only communicate on lan only?

I am running a VM with Debian as the guest OS (I can choose another distro). It has nginx running along with some other software. Some of the software tries to make outgoing connections (for example ...
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Can I lock the root account during an install of Debian GNU/Linux 6 “squeeze”?

By default, Ubuntu locks account root; can I do the same, in Debian GNU/Linux 6 "squeeze", during install?