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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Best way to set serial port speeds on boot?

I've got instruments hooked up to /dev/ttyS1 through ttyS9 on a machine running Debian Wheezy. The various instruments communicate at various speeds. Is there a better way to set the baud rates than ...
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Symlinks on /dev/ttyUSB* via udev

So I built a nice little GSM-Gateway with a PC-Engines ALIX.2D13, a Huawei E220 umts modem, Debian Wheezy and gammu-smsd. I need a fixed device name für gammu-smsd to survive reboots. I tried to make ...
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“wpa supplicant: No network configuration found for current AP” - carl9170-driven wifi adapter glitching on Debian 7

I've got a Debian 7 machine with Linux3.2 kernel and a USB wifi adapter with Atheros chipset (D-Link DWA-16 Xtreme N Dual Band), which in theory should work. Indeed, I managed to establish a wifi ...
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Debian 6: Can ping default gateway, but not the IP address of any server on the Internet. Routes appear OK

I can't connect to the Internet from our server. I'm able to ping the default gateway, LAN connectivity works fine but I can't ping any public IP (say, 4.2.2.1, an open DNS server which I know replies ...
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Execute custom script when an interface gets connected

I using a USB wifi dongle to connect to the Internet. When the wireless connection dies, I lose some iproute rules too. How can I reset these rules when the interface connected again?
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Does Debian guest need linux headers to install Virtualbox guest additions?

**Disclaimer, I'm fairly new to Linux ~2 years at home and, mostly, have only used ubuntu. I have salix (14.0) installed as host and would like to setup a debian(Squeeze) guest. In the process of ...
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Debian package available for ia64 but not for x86_64?

I want to download aptitude to build it from source on my 64bit machine. It is a Thinkpad with a normal x86_64 CPU, nothing special. The download page only has: alpha amd64 armel armhf hppa ...
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Apticron notifying about uninstalled packages

I'm using apticron to notify myself about available updates. However, I've got an installation on a VPN that seems to notify about packages I DON'T have installed. For example, it keeps (daily) ...
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Debian update fails with “Raid version incompatible”

While installing proftpd, it dropped with following error: [....] Starting ftp server: proftpdhexadecacordis proftpd[26849]: mod_tls_memcache/0.1: notice: unable to register 'memcache' SSL session ...
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Installing Firefox add-on globally without extracting the .xpi archive

Since the great -install-global-extension option was removed in Gecko 1.9.2 (for no obvious reason, as usual), copying the extension (as root) to /usr/lib/iceweasel/extensions/<appid> is now the ...
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Get network under Network-Manager's management

Initially, when I had installed Debian 'Wheezy' on my old trusty laptop, it's network was managed by Network-Manager. However, at some point, I think I did something, which lead to the network ...
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How to bring up a wi-fi interface from a command line?

I can't figure out how to properly bring up the wi-fi card on my laptop. When I turn it on and issue $ sudo iwconfig wlan0 txpower auto $ sudo iwlist wlan0 scan wlan0 Interface doesn't support ...
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recurrent loss of wireless connectivity

My wireless connection is frequently terminated (reason unknown). I can remedy the problem either by rebooting or by unloading and reloading the kernel module for my wireless network interface ...
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Debian machine makes repeated requests to DNS for <gateway_ip>.in-addr.arpa

I recently forwarded all my router logs to my Debian machine. I noticed a repeated entry in the router logs. The entry is: Sep 14 17:07:29 192.168.0.1 [Host 192.168.0.1] UDP 192.168.0.2,38048 --> ...
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CUPS timeout for change status to error

I recently installed CUPS 1.5.3 on my Debian Squeeze server. I don't think it's relevant but I think the latest version is 1.6.3, right? However, I'm installing with aptitude, so I'm getting this ...
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What packages are installed by default in Debian? Is there a term for that set? Why some of those packages are `automatically installed` and some not?

It's a very simple question, but I wonder, is there a term to refer to the subset of packages that is automatically installed by Debian distribution? I though that it had something to do with ...
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How to upgrade Debian stable (Wheezy) to testing (Jessie)? [duplicate]

I downloaded and installed Debian 7 Wheezy, the stable version, but I would like more recent apps and libs so I'd like to switch to testing version (aka Jessie). How do I proceed?
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NIS users can't use yppasswd on client machines

I'm administrating a system where users authenticate via NIS and things went wrong when a user tried to use yppasswd to change her password. She got the error: yppasswd: yppasswdd not running on NIS ...
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Why there is no https transport for debian apt tool?

With all paranoia that has come with NSA revelations and everything, I'm wondering why debian package installation mechanism does not support HTTPS for its transport, let alone using it by default. I ...
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MongoDB install errors / E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I'm trying to install things in Linux (Crunchbang Linux - a derivation of Debian), and I'm getting errors which point towards mongodb-20gen. When I try to remove it using :- cometbill@Linuxn00b:~$ ...
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Debian Sparc on Sunfire 240V recommended?

We're working on a Sunfire V240 server with SunOS 5.9 (Solaris 9, yeah really old one), I'm not expert on server architecture and I'd like your advices about installing Debian Sparc on those systems. ...
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Meaning of the extra apt-get options in early APT history

Following is the first few entries in /var/log/apt/history.log from a fresh installation of Debian 7.0: Start-Date: 2013-05-09 20:02:18 Commandline: apt-get -o APT::Status-Fd=4 -o APT::Keep-Fds::=5 ...
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Failure in the middle of a Debian upgrade

I am facing an very serious problem. I am updating my laptop from Debian 7.0 to the current testing distro. One package(veusz.helper) dependency was lost and the upgrade process can't move forward. ...
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What do '+b#' packages versions mean in Debian?

Today I checked out my upgrades and saw 63 upgrades in Debian testing. Fine. I got curious because most of them are held back, so I used -V to see the versions. To my surprise, most of them where ...
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Incompatible versions of libsqlite3-0 (i386 and amd64) block each other

I'm trying to install the various i386 libraries required for skype on linux (debian 7.0 wheezy 64-bit), but I've run into a problem where apparently the two versions of libsqlite-3-0 are each ...
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Debian Wheezy 7.1 - can't launch Skype or Firefox [duplicate]

I've installed Skype by using dkpg and when I try to run it, this is what I get -bash: /usr/bin/skype: No such file or directory. Which is very strange since ls -l | grep skype shows this: -rwxr-xr-x ...
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How to install Debian with encrypted / and passphrase required before login-screen?

I'm trying to install Debian in my Dell inspiron 8GB ram + 500GB HD. Althought I could install it without any problems with the regular install and even with a few modifications, I'm trying to ...
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Webmin alternative that installs & runs on the client machine & communicate via SSH

Are there any Webmin alternatives that don't consume server resources but instead install on client machine & communicate via SSH client. So effectively all the actions made on that GUI are ...
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How to get byobu to start at startup with a command executed, as root?

I want when the computer start, a byobu session is started and a command executed in the first window (windows 0), without requiring any user intervention. It is very important that this doesn't ...
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Install dwb browser

I try to install dwb on debian wheezy. There is a package but the version is old and I would like a newer version. The version in wheezy does not provide dwbem, suddenly I can not install flaskblock ...
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Change PATH in Debian 7.1.0 for JAVA

I would like to change the PATH of my Debian 7.1.0 system to link the java version I want. If I insert into the terminal: java -version I get: java version "1.6.0_27" OpenJDK Runtime Environment ...
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How do I add other language in a Debian system?

I want to add another language in Debian. I have done dpkg-reconfigure locales locale -a C C.UTF-8 en_US.utf8 POSIX ru_RU.utf8 but I don't have any result. root@ai:/home/volkov# locale ...
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bash_completion not working (for some commands)

I have new installation of Debian Wheezy, and I have noticed bash_completion does not work for some commands. For example, it works for ping, but not for host (both ping and host should complete ...
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Debian 7.1: duplicity error when using gdocs backend

I've installed duplicity backup tool plus python-gdata library on my debian 7.1 amd64 system. When I want to use duplicity to store my documents on Google Drive, it shows this error after asking for ...
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Debian segfault in libc2.7

I am running a test on my machine in which I assigned a lot of IPs to some tap interfaces (created by me before the test) on my debian machine and tried to run curl commands with the source being ...
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update-alternatives: disable log file /var/log/alternatives.log

I would like to disable the logfile /var/log/alternatives.log. I understand that this is being logged by update-alternatives script, and I also understand that update-alternatives can take the ...
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How to install gcc 4.8.1 on debian wheezy

I would like to install GCC 4.8.1 on my Debian Wheezy 7.1.0 system. The current version of GCC installed on my system is the 4.7.2. I see gcc-4.8.1 is available on the Debian repository. Can someone ...
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Mysql log confusion

I have installed a standard installation of mysql on Debian Wheezy and I am confused as to where the logs are supposed to be logged. In my /var/log/ directory, there are files mysql.log which are ...
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Cron allowed special character “L” for “Last day of the month” on Debian

I'd like to know if L is one of the allowed special characters on Debian's cron implementation? I'm trying to set up a cron to run on the last day of every month. From the cron entry on wikipedia: ...
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Adding multiple gateways for separate physical interfaces with various metrics/priorities

My system has 3 interfaces. These are eth0, eth1 and usb0. eth0 is linked to my router and is the line I want to be used by default. eth1 is un used. usb0 is a 3G phone that's tethered. My issue is ...
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IP address on Linux keeps forwarding to a different one

It's Debian 6.0 setup, I used to have the ip manually set to 192.168.7.50 but now I have a new server with that IP I want to just copy some stuff over through the network but now I can't seem to get ...
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Does Debian's dpkg store the time/date of package changes (.i.e. installation/purges)?

I know that dpkg and dpkg-query are good tools to find out about packages currently installed on a Debian system. Besides the information logged to the files /var/log/dpkg.log.* is there any other ...
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Stuck on installing grub to a usb stick (unknown filesystem/no such partition)

I just spend all day on trying to get my system to boot again, I'm getting a bit desperate...snif. The setup is as follows: a debian installed in a luks encrypted usb hard disk with lvm volumes for ...
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Swedish unicode characters in xdm / xlogin

I decided to localize my XDM login screen but I'm stuck with corrupted Swedish characters. I'm using Debian Wheezy with the following /etc/X11/xdm/Xresources Xcursor.theme: whiteglass ...
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Access VirtualBox Debian Apache Guest on Windows Host

I am running Oracle VirtualBox with Debian as guest OS on a Windows 7 host. I have installed Apache and specified the following two network adapters in VM: Bridge Host-only w/ the same IP set as ...
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Help configuring a custom log file for iptables

I'm trying to log dropped packages to a custom file instead of /var/log/messages. To achieve this, I have added these two lines at the end of my configuration file: -A INPUT -m limit --limit ...
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Skype install - debian amd64. libdbus issues

I have looked quite thoroughly for an answer to this question to no avail. I am trying to install Skype on Debian amd64 (with Xfce, which shouldn't make any difference...). After installing Skype ...
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How to see all commands executed by the current user, in all sessions/screen/byobu terminals?

If there is debian box, some users have access to the root account, some of those users open an ssh connection and start executing commands, some open screen or byobu or other similar tools to execute ...
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Setting up a shared folder with group: ACL and file creation [duplicate]

I'm very new to ACL, and at the moment I've been trying to set up a shared folder such that any user belonging to a certain group (lets call it "thegroup") can have full access to the folder (which ...
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How do I share an internet connection through USB?

I have two Linux boxes. One is running KNOPPIX and the other Ubuntu. I have only one wifi dongle between them, and only one of them has an Ethernet port. They both have free USB ports however. I ...