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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Trouble getting iwlwifi driver working

I just installed Debian and I am having issues getting my wireless working. I installed Squeeze and also the nonfree firmware for iwlwifi. I thought I did everything right but I am still not getting ...
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Xorg freeze with external monitor on Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 ( Debian linux )

I have as issue with my ASUS X80L laptop ( system config: Celeron M 550, 2Gb RAM, Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 video ). I'm running Debian testing on it with X.Org v 1.12.1.902 and XFce 4.8. Every 10-20 ...
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Where does gnome-session/gnome-shell store its configuration?

Long story short; I have a debian system that's been running the unstable tree for over a decade straight (through fire, flames, and multiple hardware upgrades, but that aside). However, a while ago ...
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Backspace, Tab not working in terminal (using ssh)

When I ssh into another machine with Debian with my account(with sudo permissions), my backspace key generates some awkward symbols on pressing. Also Tab & del keys don't work too. On the other ...
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nVidia drivers in Xorg / KDE - performance and stability for different cards

I have a GeForce 250 GTS card and I am using the proprietary drivers in Linux (KDE on Debian Testing). Unfortunately recently I had a lot of issues with stability and performance - I had quite a few ...
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Gnome-core on Debian

I installed only the base debian package and during installation I did not select any of GUI window manager, laptop, or system utilities. So basically I'm running debian from command line, now I want ...
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Rip chapters of a DVD to separate files

I have a DVD with cartoons for kids and there are a couple of episodes on every one of them. How can I rip them such that every episode is in a separate file? I think every episode is written as a ...
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How to prevent arp-scan from writing to syslog?

I am using arp-scan in a bash script to verify that a host is reachable. I have the script setup as a cron job that runs every minute and /var/log/syslog is filling up with the arp-scan output. I ...
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Setting nvidia properties during X-server startup

I am using the proprietary nvidia drivers in KDE (Debian Testing) and as many others experience issues with performance. I noticed that it gets a bit better if I run: nvidia-settings -a ...
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ffmpeg with mp3 support: How to install (use) in user mode?

I want to use ffmpeg and libmp3lame on a stable Debian box. Alas, Debian does not support the libmp3lame package. So, I downloaded the sources for ffmpeg and the lame encoder, configured and installed ...
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How do I install Ubuntu/Mint on top of Debian?

I have a basic dual setup with Linux Debian and Windows 7 (Grub is my bootloader). However, since this machine will be donated to a friend that does not know a lot about computers, I would like to ...
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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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How to write init.d script log messages to disk?

I'm running Debian wheezy. Many scripts in /etc/init.d/ use various logging functions defined in the Linux Standard Base, like log_success_msg and log_warning_msg. The LSB documentation seems a bit ...
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How to configure ADSL connection using bash?

I know it's possible to configure the modem to automatically connect the internet using a browser, but I want to do it using bash. I would like the network to automatically connect when the system ...
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Reset dselect selection before package installation

I was looking through the list of packages with dselect, but pressed Return twice by mistake, thereby making it confirm and quit the [S]elect option. When I go to the [I]nstall option, it's now ...
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Networking is not starting up?

I have a Raspberry Pi and while its plugged into the network via ethernet, my setup works and I can connect to the static IP. Today I bought a wlan adapter and after install it works great too... but ...
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How can I install my webcam on Debian?

I'm trying to install the webcam driver for my Logitech C210. After some googling Linux UVC driver seems to be what I need. I followed their typical use in hope to get it installed: git clone ...
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How do I change the default text editor in the Debian (squeeze) distro

"Joe's own editor" does not come naturally to me. How do I change to using nano or vim? I've tried export EDITOR=nano but it doesn't seem to be respected. I'd like visudo to respect this as well.
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Configuring default resolution and color depth for RealVNC's vncserver-x11-serviced?

When searching the web for information about how to configure the default resolution and color depth for RealVNC sessions, I always come across stuff that talks about passing commandline parameters to ...
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Setting up Proxy Settings on Debian

During installation of Debian I was asked for a Standard Proxy String in the form of http://user:password@host:port/, which I entered. apt-get ran and retrieved files during update, and now Debian is ...
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Start X in Debian Wheezy

I have been trying for several hours to get to the desktop in Wheezy (amd64 and i386) on Virtualbox but when I execute: startx i just get a slightly different looking prompt. Do I have to do ...
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How to get my bluetooth keyboard to be recognized before log in?

Because I need to use my keyboard to log in, I would like my keyboard pair automatically, pre-log in. I am using Debian squeeze, and am new to linux. All tutorials I have found seem to require the ...
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How can I make Debian run m python script at startup?

I have this script in my home folder (pi): server.py. How could I make Debian run this script at startup so I dont need to log in and to i manually?
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Find and install man file manually

I seem to be missing some man pages, notably gcc and g++. It doesn't help that I specify the section. whereis doesn't list man pages for those two, so I think they are simply not there. With Google I ...
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How to make a module dynamically loadable on Debian?

I'm applying an API from maxmind. They require additional an module for Apache. Now they recommend the command: apxs -i -a -L/usr/local/lib -I/usr/local/include -lGeoIP -c mod_geoip.c ...
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Can i start bluetooth deamon without usb dongle connected?

I'm installing bluetooth for my debian installation (non desktop) and I wonder about the deamon. The guide states that in order to start it I have to type: /etc/init.d/bluetooth start but really, ...
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Debian Squeeze as a router

I'm trying to setup Debian Squeeze (ala Dreamplug) as a router. I can't seem to get the pieces to fit together. ETH0: Upstream/internet - DHCP-Client ETH1: Downstream/Lan - 192.168.0.1 DHCP-Server ...
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reading from serial from linux command line

I have a serial port device that I would like to test using linux command line. I am able to use stty and echo for sending commands to serial port, but when device responds I have no way of reading ...
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Changing mode preference (1x/EVDO/Hybrid) for USB modem

Device in question - Huawei HC156 (what it says on the packaging)/HC1260 (what it says in lsusb). I CAN connect to the internet with it, but I can't change modes between 1x, EVDO, Hybrid. The option ...
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bind9named binary missing - not starting

I have just compiles and installed BIND 9.9.1-P1 on Debian 6.0 as the version in the repositories is too old for Samba4, and am getting the said error. I have been looking for source for named, but ...
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A problem with mknod when logged in as root

I am trying to load a char device driver written by myself. To achieve this I use a modified bash script published on this site: http://www.makelinux.net/ldd3/chp-3-sect-2. Here is my version of the ...
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Configure touchscreen on Debian?

I have got Samsung Q1 Ultra with Debian Squeeze on it. Everything works okay, except touchscreen. The arrow almost does not respond to touching -- it only moves once in a while to a random place ...
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How do I get my Logitech Quickcam 4000 up and running?

I've just installed Debian “Squeeze” and would love it if I could get my webcam up and running. I've Googled for a solution, and there's a package named pwc that I need to install to get it up and ...
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Lightest weight SMTP server for Linux Single Board Computer (SBC)

The other discussions I found did not give a clear answer to my question. Problem description: I am running an embedded Linux server device, such as TuxRail or a DreamPlug which are ARM-based devices ...
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Why does nagios stops sending alerts to the server? (Debian Squeeze)

I have a client machine and a server; I configured nagios on client to send alert on server to monitor that everything is working fine but suddenly the client stops sending alerts to the server -- on ...
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Xorg with Intel G41 videocard

My PC has an integrated Intel G41 video. I have been running Debian Squeeze for several years without any problems. Recently I upgraded to Wheezy and now after my computer wakes from sleep, X appears ...
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Why Debian CD has 52 CD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 31 Debian CDs — Why? and which do I need for a vanilla desktop install? I am about to install Debian. But Debian has 52 CD Images - how can Debian be so large? 52 ...
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On Debian, how do I add a Python package in dist-packages to a virtualenv?

Given some python package in /usr/share/pyshared/ or /usr/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages/ (take python-numpy or python-scipy for example), how do I add that package to a virtualenv? When adding the ...
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I cannot install new packages: “Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock”

I am new to Linux (installed Ubuntu for the first time yesterday), and have never dealt with any unix-based OS. I started using Linux for the sole purpose of collaborating code with my partners via ...
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KVM network bridge and public static IP for both host and guests [closed]

I have a Debian Server with 4 public static addresses. There is a KVM guest (also Debian) installed and running. What I want is to give the guest an IP of the host, so that both machines have public ...
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Bridging ethernet interface

I have a server with 4 public IP's. I have it with this configuration and I want to bridge the interface eth0 for using it with KVM: So, I have 3 IP's (A.B.C.144, A.B.C.145, A.B.C.146) and another ...
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Moin underlay permissions

I am running moinmoin on Debian squeeze... this is a wiki I migrated from an old Debian Lenny machine whose power supply died a couple of years ago. I copied /opt/mydebianwiki to the new server and ...
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View man page of not installed package?

On Debian-based systems, can one view the man page of packages that aren't yet installed? I want to check what they are capable first, before installing them.
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Automatically update a Debian system

I want to automatically update a Debian system (actually Debian Wheezy on Raspberry Pi, though that shouldn't make much a difference). I've already seen that there is cron-apt, probably a good choice, ...
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Debian system - Network security tools

I am using Debian 6 and i need help on best GUI/CLI tools which can help me on port,IP scanning and stalking of I/O data though the network .
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How to install/uninstall .deb packages?

.deb is the extension of the Debian software package format and the most often used name for such binary packages. Debian packages are also used in distributions based on Debian, such as Ubuntu and ...
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How to make the system automatically kill some processes?

Sometimes my computer starts to behave sluggishly after running too many programs/processes simultaneously, at points almost looking crashed/frozen. Using Debian Linux, is there a way to ...
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Is Ubuntu LTS binary compatible with Debian?

RedHat and CentOS are binary compatible. So everything that works on the one will most propably work on the other (same RPMs, same libs, same versions, same dependencies)... Does the same hold true ...
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System image of running Debian system?

Is it possible to backup a running Debian system to some kind of image file, that could simply be written back to another hard disk using dd in case of failures of the original (backed up) Debian ...
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Bash script doesn't work as cronjob

I'm trying to get this simple bash script to work within a cronjob. It's used to generate static nginx webserver statistic pages using GoAccess. I tried everything I know to resolve this issue, it ...