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intel wireless 1000 bgn not working in debian/ubuntu

First, I'm not an expert in Linux but I can fairly move and play around with the OS. The problem in short is, I was able to find wireless networks, but when I try to authenticate it, network-manager ...
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'redirect' ssh path?

Instead of using... ssh://user@mysite.net:1234/mnt/thing/usr/prj I want to use ssh://user@mysite.net:1234/prj How would I do this? It would be good if users can't access /home, /var and such. I ...
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How do I start Xvfb on startup on Debian?

I’ve got a Debian web server that I’m using for occasional screen-scraping via Selenum and Python. I use Xvfb as a virtual X server for Firefox to run on when being controlled by Selenium. Given that ...
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How on earth can I stop this CUPS-related message on my Debian 6 virtual machine?

I’ve got a Debian 6 VMWare virtual machine that I mostly use via SSH (but occasionally via the GUI). Every few minutes, the following message gets printed in my terminal: CUPS config timestamp ...
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How to change the order of the network cards (eth1 <-> eth0) on linux

Is there any way to swap network interfaces (eth1 <-> eth0) after system installation. My brand new Debian 6.0 install assigned PCI network card as "eth0" and motherboards integrated network ...
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How to make USB debian squeeze disk for PPC?

I'm using a G4 1.5ghz PPC 32bit Powerbook I followed the instructions on this site. http://mintppc.org/content/installation-mintppc-92 But could never get my powerbook to boot up from the usb ...
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listing packages in Debian, a la `dpkg -l`, but including the package origin/source

I want to list all packages of the form $ dpkg -l libav\* but in addition to this output, I would like the origin/source (I'm not sure of the preferred term) of each package. If the package doesn't ...
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Why did my package get installed to /opt?

A while back I installed couchdb from source on my debian machine. It seemed to install okay and everything worked. A few weeks later I wanted to upgrade and installed from a .deb using dpkg. ...
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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. Also, people tend to say that Arch is very light-weight, so I wonder what that has to do with ...
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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, ...